Before You Read Each Day

This summer we will be going through the book of Deuteronomy in our Sunday sermons and in our Bible reading plan.  Deuteronomy is the fifth book of the Old Testament, and in it Moses re-teaches the law of God to the people of Israel.  They have completed their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, and are about to enter the promised land.  Before they do it is crucial that they remember how God has led them, how God wants them to live, and what it means to be in covenant with God.  Deuteronomy is referenced and quoted throughout much of the Bible.  Our hope is that growing in our understanding of this book will help us grow in our understanding and application of scripture as a whole.

We invite you to start by saying a simple prayer: “God, would you help me to see and understand what you have for me in this time? Help me to know you more so I may follow you more closely.”

After reading each passage take a moment to consider these questions (note: it can be helpful to write down your answers to these questions):

  1. What did this chapter say? About God? Jesus? People? Life? Etc.
  2. What is the main theme or truth of this passage?
  3. What is one way you can apply this passage to your life? Is there a step of obedience I can take? Try to think of something specific you could begin right away.
  4. Who is one person you would want to talk more about this with?

A prayer to close your time could be something like this: “God, thank you for the Bible, and how it helps us to know you. Would you help me to remember what I’ve read today and may it have an impact on how I live, starting today?”