There were many reasons why we decided to go with the Reading Guides this year. Our theme, The Timeless Relevance of God’s Word centers around this idea,
“Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” ~ Romans 15:4.
The Scriptures are God breathed and ought to be our guidance, our instructions, the lamp unto our feet in this life we live. How much do you depend on Scriptures for advice? Direction? Truth? Understanding about every day issues? It’s all there. If we want to know God more, let’s read His memoir. If we want to know the history of His kingdom, let’s read the oracles He left for us. If we need wisdom, His word is not hidden from us.
Yet another reason we decided this would be good is to bring our growing community together in the Word. Seth Godin wrote in his blog today:
The power of sync
100 people doing something at the same time has far more power than 300 people doing it over time.
We unconsciously amplify the power of coordination when we consider the impact of actions. If there’s a thousand people waiting outside of a store, we instantly believe we’re seeing a phenomenon.
While the internet makes it easier than ever to spread ideas, it makes it far more compelling to coordinate actions.
There is power
If everyone in your weekly meeting drops a pencil at precisely 12:03, you’ll notice.
There is power in sync. There is power if all of us are in sync with what we are reading. If God is growing our church and we are to “coordinate our actions” and impact the cities in which we live, there is power in sync. The reading plan is not a formula. Nor are we saying we should all be reading the same thing every year. But this year, we believe it would be profitable for us to do so.
If you haven’t grabbed a reading guide do so this weekend. Not just so you can get in the Word daily, although that reason alone is sufficient. Not just so you have a plan when you read, although that’s important to. But also to be “in sync” with your church community. So God can speak to us as one body. As we seek to understand the Scriptures, we each can bring understanding by what we hear and how we process by the gifts He has given each member of the body.