SPIRITUAL GROWTH – DAY ONE

JKBcircleWelcome to the first day of a five week, daily guide to spiritual growth! I encourage you to stay with it everyday, take it a day at a time and don’t be overwhelmed. You are in training so focus on today- the journey is as exciting as the destination.
Here is a quick tip to remember- don’t worry if you don’t “feel” something special everyday. Sometimes the discipline of the reading and prayer is it’s own reward. The key is consistency- stick with it. You are getting stronger each day even if you don’t know it at the moment. We are on a journey with God, and He will meet you at unexpected points along the way. Let’s get started!

CHOOSE YOUR TRACK!
You pick the “track” that best suits your life. The “tracks” differ in their degree of intensity and time commitment. Descriptions of each track follow.

1) Express Track– This is the track for the believer who is just getting started in the daily devotional habit so this track requires the least time but still calls for a daily commitment. At the end of the 5 weeks you will have read 4 essential books of the New Testament and learned to have a daily devotion. You will memorize 5 verses of Scripture by the end of the track.

2) Advanced Track– This is the track for the Christian who already has a regular devotional habit so this track is more demanding. It includes more Scripture reading and you will have completed much more of the New Testament during the 5 weeks, reading at least 3 chapters a day. You will memorize 5 verses of Scripture in 5 weeks.

3) Challenge Track– You are ready to read the entire New Testament in 5 weeks and memorize 10 important verses of Scripture in the next 5 weeks. This track will require you to read about 8 chapters a day!

LET’S GO!
Express and Advance Track Memory Verse for the Week: Hebrews 11:1 (NIV & ESV listed here or choose your own translation)

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV)

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 ESV)

Challenge Track -2 Memory Verses for the Week:
Hebrews 11:1 & Romans 10:17
(NIV & ESV listed here or choose your own translation)

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV)

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 ESV)

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”(Romans 10:17 NIV)

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
(Romans 10:17 ESV)

SCRIPTURE READING
Express Track
January 6, 2014: John 1

Advanced Track
January 6, 2014: John 1; Romans1; 1 John 1

Challenge Track 
January 6, 2014: John 1-3; Romans 1-2; 1 John 1-2

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES

“Faith is two empty hands held open to receive all of the Lord.”
– Alan Redpath

3 thoughts on “SPIRITUAL GROWTH – DAY ONE

  1. In a few minutes I will get a report from the doctor concerning an MRI I had last Friday. I don’t know what to expect but I am confident that whatever the results, God has gone before this situation and has it all worked out according to His glory. God is so amazing. He knew when he gave Dr. Bowman the idea for this study that I would need these two verses today!

  2. A great resource I recommend is a dvd by Gordon Robertson with CBN called the Quest for God. It starts with an overview of different religions and their requirements for their followers. This reminded me of the first few reading assignments of my Western Civilization class. So glad to see a Christian perspective on this. Concluding the dvd is the introduction of Christianity and key scriptures that help to see how Jesus is central to our belief. So central in fact that He is The Word, and “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word” A scripture that has been dear to be since my early days as a believer is Matt. 11:28, where Jesus calls us to, “Come unto [Him]” and find rest.

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