This year as a church we are reading through the New Testament. Read one chapter a day for five days a week. The extra two days you can use for going back over what you read and meditating on it, get caught up if you fell behind, or spend time in extended prayer. We also encourage you to use the S.O.A.P.S. method of Bible reading and marking.
For the week of May 8, here is the reading schedule:
Monday, May 8 – Matthew 23
Tuesday, May 9 – Matthew 24
Wednesday, May 10 – Matthew 25
Thursday, May 11 – Matthew 26
Friday, May 12 – Matthew 27
Download the complete plan here.
In this short video, Pat walks us through some important keys that will help us make good decisions, avoid costly mistakes, and live a life that pleases the Lord.
Last week Pastor Paul told us about a message he heard from Pastor Greg Laurie about talking to others about Jesus. Just click on the image above to watch this message.
It ties in to what we are going to be talking about this coming weekend: "What is Your God-Story?"
In Acts 22, we see Paul sharing his God-story. We can do the same. Let's pray that God gives us those opportunities -- and that we take advantage of them!
“…tell how much God has done for you.” (Luke 8:39)
We often call it a “testimony.” It’s defined as “evidence or proof provided by the existence or appearance of something.”
I like to call it a “God Story.” It’s the story of how your life was changed by God. And it is a very powerful tool that God can use in your life to reach someone who is far from God. Every testimony, every God Story, has three parts. Here they are.
- What was my life like before I met God?
- How did I meet God?
- How has my life changed since I met God?
The beauty of a testimony is that it can be shared in as short as thirty seconds or as long as thirty or more minutes. Here’s a sample of a thirty second testimony:
- Before I was a Christian, I had no sense of purpose or meaning in my life. I felt like something was missing. I was unfulfilled.
- My friend told me about his relationship with Jesus and invited me to church one Sunday. It seemed like everything the pastor said was directly related to my situation. I prayed with my friend afterwards and asked Jesus to be my Saviour and Lord.
- Since that time, I have an abiding sense of peace and purpose. I know for sure that when I die I am going to heaven.
Each of us should have a short version of our testimony that we are always ready to share. Be prepared! God can and will use you if you are available. People need to hear your story. Share it.
How’s your 2017 going? We are about three weeks in, with less than fifty to go.
One of the things that we are focusing on as a church is reading through the New Testament, one chapter a day. We started in Mark’s gospel, and will be finished with it soon. The message at each weekend service will be taken from the portion that we have read that particular week.
This has been a great thing for my family personally. Since we are all reading the same section of scripture, it prompts much conversation about God’s Word. Sometimes we all sit in the living room with our Bibles, and read the chapter together alternating verses. Other times, Janet or I will read it with one of the kids to help them with their devotions, or just to read God’s Word before bed. There are times where one of us might read it by ourselves in the morning, then read it again with the family in the evening.
I share all that with you to point out that we need to be intentional with reading God’s Word. This is one piece of the puzzle when it comes to discipleship. First and foremost, we are disciples of Jesus. He gave us His Word in order to tell us how to live.
Reading the Bible together as a church, I believe, is going to be a fantastic experience. I even spoke with another pastor in the area who heard me share about this and decided to do it with his flock!
It’s never too late to start! Make 2017 the year that you read through the New Testament.
Here’s the reading assigned for the first few weeks of January.
Lastly, you can share what you are reading or learning on social media using the hashtag, #NTin2017.
In just a few days, 2016 will be in the rear view mirror. I really can’t believe it! I am seeing too many years flying by, but I am thankful for each one of them. Some years are harder than others, but every year is full of God’s blessings!
The dawning of a New Year is the dawning of a new opportunity – an opportunity to change. Do you want there to be change in your life – good, lasting change? Do you want to grow closer to God this coming year? What if 2017 was the year for you and God?
Here’s what you can do to see good, lasting spiritual change occur in your life: Seek God with all your heart. The bible promises that if you seek Him, you will find Him. One of the best ways to seek God, is to read the Bible with an open heart.
During 2017, the community of people at Calvary Chapel Oakville are going to be reading the New Testament. In order to read the entire New Testament in one year, you have to read five chapters a week. That’s only one chapter a day, for only five days of the week. It’s something anyone can do!
Here’s the part I am really excited about. Every weekend service, my message is going to come from the five chapters that everyone has read.
The Bible says that if any man be in Christ he is a new creation. (See 2 Corinthians 5:17). In order to seek God, we need to prayerfully read the Bible.
He wants to speak to you. He has something to say. Will you listen?
I don’t know what you think of Christianity, or church, or Jesus. I lot of people today hate the church but love Jesus. I get that.
Unfortunately, many so-called Christians speak with loud voices and they don’t say very loving or even helpful things.
No matter who you are or what you think, I wanted to share an idea that I had. 2017 is just around the corner.
Let’s read the New Testament in 2017?
The New Testament is the part of the Bible that begins with the birth of Jesus. It talks about his life and the initial impact of his life, including his coming back in the future.
It would take you about five minutes a day, five days a week, to read the New Testament in a year..
I’m going to be doing it, and I want you to join me. You don’t have to be a Christian, you don’t have to be a church person, you don’t even have to tell anybody you’re doing it.
But when it comes to God and spiritual issues, doesn’t it make sense to go to the source? When it has to do with Jesus, shouldn’t we read the book that talks about Him?
If you want to do this, I set up a page where you can download the reading plan that I’ll be using. You can also do this plan using the YouVersion Bible apps. I’ll post the links for that. I’m also going to post some helpful hints to get the most out of your reading.
Let me know if you are going to accept this invitation, this challenge to read the NT in 2017. And lets invite others. How many people do you think we could see read the New Testament that have never, ever read any Scripture? Share this with your friends, let them know if you’re going to be doing it.
Five minutes a day, five days a week. You are going to learn a lot about the God that made you and loves you.
Are you content?
Contentment is defined as “a state of happiness or satisfaction.” Many people spend there entire lives searching for it, to no avail. They find, as that old song goes, “I can’t get no…satisfaction. And I try, and I try….”
We are a bit over a month away from Christmas. Usually, it is a happy time of year. People may find some contentment in receiving and giving gifts. But that contentment will be short lived. It always is.
Centuries ago, a very wise man wrote these words, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” Did you notice something? Contentment is learned. It is not a reaction to outward circumstances, it is a inner state of mind and heart.
Those words were written by the Apostle Paul, who was a follower of Jesus. His secret of contentment was found in a relationship with Jesus. Having things can be good and helpful. But we have to be careful that our possessions don’t possess us. We will never be truly content until we know that Prince of Peace.
This week at Saturday Night Church we are going to be looking at the subject of contentment. If you find that your satisfaction constantly fluctuates from empty to full, I’d encourage you to come and hang out with us as we dive into Philippians 4:10-20. Spend some time over the next couple days reading this passage. God bless! See you soon!
10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Where does your imagination go when your mind wanders? Do you ever catch yourself thinking about things you ought not to be thinking about? The battle for godly living so often takes place in our minds. We might be engaged in a conversation, going for a walk, or doing some work on our computer when all of a sudden — BAM! — a crazy thought hijacks our mind. Here’s three things you can do if you’ve had this experience.
1. Guard the input.
Psalm 101:3 says, “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes.” The same verse in the New Living Translation says, “I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar.” If we are going to minimize bad thoughts, we must guard what we set before our eyes. Whether it be pornographic websites, excessively violent movies, or anything else that drags you down, if it’s garbage in, it will be difficult, if not impossible to keep your mind on a good track.
On the other hand, if you are putting into your mind good things, it will be much easier to think about those good things when your mind starts drifting.
2. Memorize Scripture.
When Jesus was tempted by Satan, He responded three times by quoting Bible verses. I have some passages of Scripture that I have memorized years and years ago that still come back to me at will. Memorizing Scripture is, BY FAR, an excellent practice to set your heart and mind on things above. Find just one or two verses that deal with your need. Commit them to memory. You will never regret it!
Prayer is how we connect with the Lord. We must discipline ourselves to maintain an active and consistent prayer life. When I hear of a Christian who has fallen into sin, I often wonder how they were doing in their prayer life. Spend time with God in prayer. This is a way to be a strong and mature believer.
One of the best passages about controlling your thoughts is Philippians 4:8-9. We will be taking a look at this passage at Saturday Night Church this coming November 12. Make plans now to join us!
What other ways do you think are helpful to keep your mind where it needs to be? Start the conversation below.