Welcome to the Bible reading challenge Summary! This week we are divided into two parts. First, I will summarize the end of the March challenge and then we can take a peek at the few days of reading we began for the April Trusting God topical Bible reading challenge.
I John 1
The letters of 1, 2 and 3 John are wonderful books to begin studying the Bible on your own. They are straightforward and easy to understand, though full of thought-provoking truths.
This chapter focuses on the light and love of the world- Jesus. John is encouraging confession of sin and the practice of truth. In the next chapter, he further reveals how we can walk in truth.
I John 2
So how can we walk in truth? John makes the distinction between religion and true faith very clear. If you say that you are a Christian and hate your brother, then you are still walking in darkness. If you abide in the light, then you are displaying that you love your brother. You won’t cause him to stumble in his faith.
1 John 3
Chapter 3 focuses on the love of God and how that appears through us. My favorite verse from this chapter:
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (v. 18)
We all know that it’s pretty easy to talk a big talk, but it’s more challenging to walk a big walk. The last verse of chapter 3 contains a beautiful reminder that Jesus did not leave us to walk this walk alone. The Holy Spirit lives in us and gives us the power to be obedient to God’s Word. Not only do we have this power through him, but he prompts our hearts to listen to his voice and understand what is right and wrong.
What are your thoughts on “talking religion” versus “walking true faith?”
I John 4
John gives us a critical piece of advice in this chapter that is often overlooked, in my opinion. In the very first verse, after the instruction of walking in truth, he reminds us not to believe every spirit. The first three verses of this chapter are deep, but to summarize? Don’t believe everything you hear. Everyone who says they are of God are not necessarily of God. I really love I John 4:18 and I’m guessing may of you love this verse as well.
There is no fear in love! Any time we question whether or not something or someone is true, we can apply this principle. Does this person instill fear in others? Does this principle cause us to be afraid? So much we could discuss from this chapter!
I John 5
Oh I could read the book of 1 John every day of the week! It is so full of light-giving truth and principles. What a beautiful two verses to dwell on as we anticipate the celebration of Resurrection Day!
Trusting God Bible Reading Summary
This week we began the April topical Bible reading challenge on Trusting God. We are seeking to learn more about not only trusting God for eternal salvation, but also trusting him for everyday solutions. The first two days of reading were from Psalms.
Day 1- Psalm 20:1-9
What an uplifting chapter to begin this topical Bible reading challenge! I really reflected on the fact that we are always placing our trust somewhere, why would we not place our trust in the one true God who created us and loves us? And there will always be those who influence us. The “some” as they are named in this passage. And there are always “some.” We cannot base our decisions on what “some” may do. Amen?
Day 2: Psalm 62:1-12
Psalm 62 is one of my favorite psalms; there is no way I could choose a favorite verse from this chapter. This chapter lists so many attributes of God that we can hold close to our hearts in times of trouble. Our rock, defense, glory, salvation, and refuge are just a few of the words that describe who God is to and for us.
The psalmist lists a few places we should not place our trust; did any of those resonate with you?
My apologies for the late post today! Find the April topical Bible reading challenge details.
Enjoy the celebration of the empty grave this weekend!