30 Day New Testament Reading Plan

I’m inviting you to join me for a 30 Day New Testament Reading Plan. Beginning Thursday, November 1st I’ll be reading the passages in this plan as a way to quickly work my way through the New Testament. It’s an intense reading schedule(around 8 chapters a day), but I’ve found much spiritual benefit from it. Below you’ll find the both the plan as well as a link to a Reading Plan in the Logos Bible software. Feel free to join the Logos group for Lake Wylie Baptist to access the plan and import it into Logos and your personal calendar.

Link to Plan in Logos Lake Wylie Baptist Group

  1. Matthew 1-9
  2. Matthew 10-15
  3. Matthew 16-22
  4. Matthew 23-28
  5. Mark 1-8
  6. Mark 9-16
  7. Luke 1-6
  8. Luke 7-11
  9. Luke 12-18
  10. Luke 19-24
  11. John 1-7
  12. John 8-13
  13. John 14-21
  14. Acts 1-7
  15. Acts 8-14
  16. Acts 15-21
  17. Acts 22-28
  18. Romans 1-8
  19. Romans 9-16
  20. 1 Corinthians 1-9
  21. 1 Corinthians 10-16
  22. 2 Corinthians
  23. Galatians-Ephesians
  24. Philippians-2 Thessalonians
  25. 1 Timothy-Philemon
  26. Hebrews
  27. James-2 Peter
  28. 1 John-Jude
  29. Revelation 1-11
  30. Revelation 12-22

Let me know if you plan on joining me!

 

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Sermon Manuscript: Security and God’s Call (Genesis 11.27-12.9)

This morning we started a 5 week series we’re calling The Gospel According to Abraham. If you’re new to the Bible, Abraham is the biggest character in the Old Testament. He’s monumental. Three major world religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam claim Abraham as a father of their faith. This means that the majority of the world population trace their beliefs back through Abraham.

And when you read the life of Abraham in the Old Testament, you find that Abraham stood out from the crowd. In a world of sameness, he was different. Life didn’t happen to Abraham—he happened to life. Why? How? That’s what this series is all about.

Click here for the sermon manuscript:

Genesis 11.27-12.9 — Security and God’s Call

Sermon Manuscript: Galatian 6:11-18

This past Sunday we finished our sermon series through the book of Galatians. We called it Saving Faith. In this letter the apostle Paul challenges those who were distorting the doctrine of justification by grace alone. Judaizers, as we have come to know these false teachers, were teaching that the work of circumcision must be added to the finished work of Christ for salvation. Paul issues the strongest warning he ever gives to these teachers and to this church. To distort the true gospel is to have no gospel at all. To download the sermon manuscript from this past Sunday just click the link below:

Galatians 6.11-18

Sermon Manuscript: Galatians 3:21-27

Yesterday we continued our sermon series through the book of Galatians. We’re calling it Saving Faith. In this letter the apostle Paul challenges those who were distorting the doctrine of justification by grace alone. Judaizers, as we have come to know these false teachers, were teaching that the work of circumcision must be added to the finished work of Christ for salvation. Paul issues the strongest warning he ever gives to these teachers and to this church. To distort the true gospel is to have no gospel at all. To download the sermon manuscript from this past Sunday just click the link below:

Galatians 3.21-27

Sermon Notes: Galatians 2:11-14

Yesterday we continued our sermon series through the book of Galatians. We’re calling it Saving Faith. In this letter the apostle Paul challenges those who were distorting the doctrine of justification by grace alone. Judaizers, as we have come to know these false teachers, were teaching that the work of circumcision must be added to the finished work of Christ for salvation. Paul issues the strongest warning he ever gives to these teachers and to this church. To distort the true gospel is to have no gospel at all. To download the sermon manuscript from this past Sunday just click the link below:

Galatians 2.11-14

Sermon Manuscript: Galatians 1:1-5

galatians-week-15

Yesterday we began a sermon series through the book of Galatians. We’re calling it Saving Faith. In this letter the apostle Paul challenges those who were distorting the doctrine of justification by grace alone. Judaizers, as we have come to know these false teachers, were teaching that the work of circumcision must be added to the finished work of Christ for salvation. Paul issues the strongest warning he ever gives to these teachers and to this church. To distort the true gospel is to have no gospel at all. To download the sermon manuscript from this past Sunday just click the link below:

Galatians 1:1-5

Who Was the Apostle Paul?

Apostle PaulThis coming Sunday the saints known as Lake Wylie Baptist Church will begin marching through Paul’s epistle to the churches of Galatia. To help you prepare to read, understand, and apply the message of this book I decided to give you a short introduction to its author. Who was the apostle Paul?

Birth and Early Life: 
Born in Tarsus of Cilicia (Acts 9:11) likely in the first decade of the first century. He was a member of the Israelite tribe of Benjamin (Philippians 3:5). His brith name was Saul after the first king over Israel. Paul was his Roman name. Although he was Jewish by birth Paul was also a Roman citizen; a benefit likely purchased by his parents at the cost of more than a year’s wages.
Training as a Pharisee:
Acts 22:3 tells us that Paul learned Judaism at “the feet of Gamaliel” who was the most influential Rabbi of his day. As a young man Paul viciously persecuted Christians, having them imprisoned and even put to death.
Conversion from Judaism to Christianity:
While on his way to persecute Christians in the town of Damascus Paul converted to Christianity through a vision of the risen Lord and the ministry of a man named Ananias (Acts 9). After spending a few years ministering to various groups, Paul and Barnabas we commission by the church of Antioch as missionaries. Paul would spend the rest of his life planting churches in Asia Minor and Macedonia (modern day Turkey and Greece, respectively).
Apostle to the Gentiles and Author of Scripture: 
As Paul planted churches all over the world he wrote letters of continuing instruction to those churches. The New Testament includes 13 of Paul’s letters to various churches and disciples making up nearly 1/3 of the New Testament. Luke, author of a gospel and the book of Acts, dedicates 16 chapters of Acts to Paul’s ministry (13-28).
Roman Imprisonment and Death:
After causing an uproar in the city of Jerusalem Roman authorities imprison Paul and he appeals to Caesar (Acts 21). Church tradition tells us that Emperor Nero heard Paul’s case and released him. Later in the mid-60s Paul would be arrested an beheaded sometime before A.D. 68.
So much more could be said about this astounding man. If you live in the Charlotte area I hope you’ll consider joining us this Sunday as we kick-off our sermon series in Galatians. If you have any comments or questions I’d love to chat with you in the comments.