Starting today, offering will be a much more integrated part of our corporate worship [+ the Order of our Worship Service]

Photo of a Collection PlateIn other words, we will begin “passing the plate”. Pastor Jay will be giving reasons for this during announcements, though you can hear much more detail on this from his recent sermon Four Principles of Giving [from Philippians 4:15-19]

The main points from that sermon were:

  1. Giving is a response to the Gospel of Grace (Philippians 4:15-16 | Luke 7:36-47 | 2 Cor. 9:7)
  2. Giving is a great investment (Philippians 4:17 | Prov. 11:25, 19:17 | 2 Cor. 9:6)
  3. Giving is a spiritual sacrifice of worship (Philippians 4:18)
  4. We do not need to be selfish with our giving since ‘my God will supply all your needs’ (Philippians 4:19 | Matt. 6:25-33)

This will be incorporated into our order of worship service (liturgy) like so:

  • Pastoral prayer for God to bless our worship of Him (announcements are done before this)
  • Call to worship (from the Scriptures)
  • Worship through singing (typically including one Psalm)
  • Offering (beginning with hearing from God’s Word on offering, giving, stewardship, etc. Followed by passing the plate as we sing a song that speaks of God’s provision (general and/or special grace)
  • One more song of worship
  • Pastoral prayer for God to bless His Word read and preached
  • Reading of the Word of God
  • Preaching
  • Lord’s Supper (last Sunday of every month)
  • Closing pastoral prayer
  • Sing one more song in response to God’s Word
  • Baptism (when needed)
  • Benediction

For more on offering and financial giving:

New Sunday School Series: Apologetics to the Glory of God + Recommended Resources

Starting this past Sunday [Feb. 2, 2014] during our Sunday School hour, Pastor Jay started a series entitled Apologetics to the Glory of God. Here is the introductory audio to this series:

The PowerPoint he used:

Here is the Dr. Gorgon Stein vs. Dr. Greg Bahnsen debate that he recommend be watched:

Here are some resources that he recommended:

Every Thought Captive A Study Manual for the Defense of Christian Truth Paperback – June 1, 1979 by Jr. Richard L. Pratt (Author)Every Thought Captive: A Study Manual for the Defense of Christian Truth
by Jr. Richard L. Pratt

Bahnsen Always Reader

Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith
by Greg Bahnsen



Monthly Wednesday Evening Book Club

The Magicians NephewOn the last Wednesday of every month there will be a time for Jr. High and Sr. High students to meet and discuss a book that the kids will have read. We will meet at the same time as the Men’s and Women’s Bible study, at the church.

The book will be chosen by Jacek and Pastor Jay. The first book we will be discussing is “The Magician’s Nephew” (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis. We will take four months to go through this book. It is broken down into sections listed below.

If you don’t have access to this book, either through the library or a friend, please let Melinda and Jacek know. We can order one when needed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to talk with Jacek & Melinda, or Pastor Jay.

January 29 – Chapters 1 through 4

February 26 – Chapters 5 through 8

March 26 – Chapters 9 through 11

April 30 – Chapters 12 through 15

Reading Through Scripture in 2014 [Resources]

Here are some resources to help those who want to read through the Bible in 2014:

Both Android & iOS have available apps to keep track of various reading plans:


Resources for Bible Reading from Justin Taylor:

Do you want to read the whole Bible?

If the average person reads 200 to 250 words per minute, and if there are about 775,000 words in the Bible, then it would take less than 10 minutes a day to read the whole Bible in a year.

Audio Bibles are usually about 75 hours long, so you can listen to it in just over 12 minutes a day.

But a simple resolution to do this is often an insufficient. Most of us need a more proactive plan.

Stephen Witmer explains the weaknesses of typical plans and offers some advice on reading the Bible together with others—as well as offering his own new two-year plan. (“In my opinion, it is better to read the whole Bible through carefully one time in two years than hastily in one year.”) His plan has you read through one book of the Bible at a time (along with a daily reading from the Psalms or Proverbs). At the end of two years you will have read through the Psalms and Proverbs four times and the rest of the Bible once.

The Gospel Coalition’s For the Love of God Blog (which you can subscribe to via email) takes you through the M’Cheyne reading plan, with a meditation each day by D. A. Carson related to one of the readings. M’Cheyne’s plan has you read shorter selections from four different places in the Bible each day.

George Guthrie’s “Read the Bible for Life Chronological Bible Reading Plan” is a semi-chronological plan, placing the prophets and the NT letters in basic chronological order. You read in four different places each day, along with a daily psalm (so you end up reading the Psalter twice in a year). You can also download a printable booklet.

For those who would benefit from a realistic “discipline + grace” approach, consider “The Bible Reading Plan for Shirkers and Slackers.” As Andy Perry explains, it takes away the pressure (and guilt) of “keeping up” with the entire Bible in one year. You get variety within the week by alternating genres by day, but also continuity by sticking with one genre each day. Here’s the basic idea:

Sundays: Poetry
Mondays: Penteteuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy)
Tuesdays: Old Testament history
Wednesdays: Old Testament history
Thursdays: Old Testament prophets
Fridays: New Testament history
Saturdays: New Testament epistles (letters)

There are a number of Reading Plans for ESV Editions. Crossway has made them accessible in multiple formats:

  • web (a new reading each day appears online at the same link)
  • RSS (subscribe to receive by RSS)
  • podcast (subscribe to get your daily reading in audio)
  • iCal (download an iCalendar file)
  • mobile (view a new reading each day on your mobile device)
  • print (download a PDF of the whole plan)
Reading Plan Format
Through the Bible chronologically (from Back to the Bible)
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
Daily Light on the Daily Path
Daily Light on the Daily Path – the ESV version of Samuel Bagster’s classic
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
Daily Office Lectionary
Daily Psalms, Old Testament, New Testament, and Gospels
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
Daily Reading Bible
Daily Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
ESV Study Bible
Daily Psalms or Wisdom Literature; Pentateuch or the History of Israel; Chronicles or Prophets; and Gospels or Epistles
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
Every Day in the Word
Daily Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, Proverbs
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
Literary Study Bible
Daily Psalms or Wisdom Literature; Pentateuch or the History of Israel; Chronicles or Prophets; and Gospels or Epistles
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
M’Cheyne One-Year Reading Plan
Daily Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms or Gospels
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
Daily Old Testament, Psalms, and New Testament
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
Outreach New Testament
Daily New Testament. Read through the New Testament in 6 months
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
Through the Bible in a Year
Daily Old Testament and New Testament
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email

You can also access each of these Reading Plans as podcasts:

  • Right-click (Ctrl-click on a Mac) the “RSS” link of the feed you want from the above list.
  • Choose “Copy Link Location” or “Copy Shortcut.”
  • Start iTunes.
  • Under File, choose “Subscribe to Podcast.”
  • Paste the URL into the box.
  • Click OK.


Resources for Bible Reading from Ligonier Ministries:

Many Christians take the beginning of a new year to evaluate their Bible reading habits, and then change or begin a Bible reading plan.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. — Psalm 119:105

For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of Bible reading plans for you to choose from. Maybe this year you will read more of the Bible each day. Perhaps you’ll slow down your reading and instead spend more time considering what you read. Whatever it is you’re looking for in a reading plan, you should find it below.

52 Week Bible Reading Plan

Read through the Bible in a year, with each day of the week dedicated to a different genre: Epistles, The Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, and Gospels.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF

5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan

Read through the New Testament in a year, reading Monday to Friday. Weekends are set aside for reflection and other reading. Especially beneficial if you’re new to a daily discipline of Bible reading.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF

A Bible Reading Chart

Read through the Bible at your own pace. Use this minimalistic, yet beautifully designed, chart to track your reading over 2013.

Duration: Flexible | Download: PDF

Chronological Bible Reading Plan

Read through the Bible in the order the events occurred chronologically.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF

The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan

Four daily readings beginning in Genesis, Psalms, Matthew and Acts.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF

ESV Daily Bible Reading Plan

Four daily readings taken from four lists: Psalms and Wisdom Literature, Pentateuch and History of Israel, Chronicles and Prophets, and Gospels and Epistles.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF

Every Word in the Bible

Read through the Bible one chapter at a time. Readings alternate between the Old and New Testaments.

Duration: Three years | Download: PDF

Historical Bible Reading Plan

The Old Testament readings are similar to Israel’s Hebrew Bible, and the New Testament readings are an attempt to follow the order in which the books were authored.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF

Professor Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System

Reading ten chapters a day, in the course of a year you’ll read the Gospels four times, the Pentateuch twice, Paul’s letters four to five times, the Old Testament wisdom literature six times, the Psalms at least twice, Proverbs and Acts a dozen times, and the OT History and Prophetic books about one and a half times.

Duration: Ongoing | Download: PDF

Robert Murray M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan

Read the New Testament and Psalms twice and the Old Testament once.

Duration: One or two years | Download: Website

Straight Through the Bible Reading Plan

Read straight through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF

Tabletalk Bible Reading Plan

Two readings each day; one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF
App: Accessible in the Ligonier App (iPhone / iPad & Android)

The Legacy Reading Plan

This plan does not have set readings for each day. Instead, it has set books for each month, and set number of Proverbs and Psalms to read each week. It aims to give you more flexibility, while grounding you in specific books of the Bible each month.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF

Two-Year Bible Reading Plan

Read the Old and New Testaments once, and Psalms & Proverbs four times.

Duration: Two years | Download: PDF

In addition to your daily Bible reading, if you’re looking for devotional material that will help you understand the Bible and apply it to daily living, consider Tabletalk magazine. Try it out for three months absolutely free.

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