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Living as a Disciple of Christ

During 2019 I will focus many of my sermons on the theme “Living as a Disciple of Christ.” One of the keys to living as a disciple of Christ is to obey Jesus’ command in Luke 9:23, “Then he said to them all, ‘if any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.’” (NRSV)

Let’s focus on the “take up their cross daily” part. Living as a disciple of Christ requires a daily commitment. Many, many Christians find having a daily time of prayer and Bible reading to be essential to their developing a closer relationship with Jesus. Each week Daily Bible Readings printed in the worship bulletin. Each day’s readings contain a psalm, or a portion of a psalm, and another Scripture passage, usually from the New Testament. 

As you read, ask yourself the following two questions: “What is God saying to me through His Word? and “What am I going to do about it?”

Here are ideas to help you maintain a daily time of Scripture reading, reflection, and prayer.

  • First, choose a time that you want to dedicate as “My Time with God” and STICK TO IT! If the first time you pick doesn’t work, then choose another time.
  • Second, plan to spend 10 to 15 minutes in Bible reading, reflection and prayer. That’s it: 10 to 15 minutes. Same time, every day.
  • Finally, you will see that the readings are for Monday through Friday. I suggest reading your Sunday School lesson on Saturday and using Saturday as a “make-up day” if you miss a day of “My Time with God.”

May each of us allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us as we read God’s Word, reflect on God’s Word, and pray for ourselves and our neighbors: those who are nearby and those who are around the world.

~Pastor Jeff Lowe