This week (this year!) we are beginning a new sermon series on the book of Jeremiah. Because God lives in covenant relationship with his people he promises us not only blessings for obedience, but just as importantly, discipline when we go astray. The Book of Jeremiah is God’s corrective love extended to his people in the form of judgment on their turning from him to idols. Though it is a difficult message to hear, it serves as a vital warning to us today, to constantly turn away from idols which win our hearts and return to the Lord for relationship with him and to live in his blessing.
A major application of the book of Jeremiah is that God’s people should know, love and heed his word, and they suffer for neglected and turning from it. Since we find ourselves at the beginning of a new year, it’s the perfect time to begin something new. So if you’re the resolving type, I encourage you to add Scripture to your dieting plan! There have always been many helps for the Christian to be disciplined in Scripture reading, but with current technology, scripture is literally at your fingertips with as many dinging reminders as you want. Here are some resources to help you love the word and feast daily on it.
ESV Bible Reading Plans – the ESV website is fantastic. You can create a profile and sync data over multiple devices.
Bible Reading Plans for 2013 by Ligonier Ministries – Several different reading plans with printable PDFs to track your progress.
YouVersion Reading Plans – Desktop or Mobile plans
Bible Gateway Plans – Plans that deliver scripture to your email inbox each day!
Blue Letter Bible Reading Plans – Browser or mobile app
Hopefully you will find one of these useful. Planning to read through the Bible in a year is ambitious compared to most of our scripture habits. But the benefits to your soul from feasting daily on God’s very word are impossible to exaggerate.
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:1-18
Sermon: “Called to Warn”
Worship Leader: Jeremy D. Goodwyne