IN THE WORD AND GROWING TOGETHER

WELCOME TO THE WORD

God speaks to us through His Word – we just have to listen! The words on the pages of your BIble or on the screen of your Bible app are the very voice of God and in those words, we hear the amazing story of God’s love for us.

At St Matthew, we want to be in the Word and growing as followers of Jesus and we’re starting a brand new, all-church focus on getting into and growing in the Bible. For 40 weeks in 2020 and 2021, we’re going to walk through the Old Testament. No, we won’t cover every chapter and verse of the Old Testament but we’ll hit some important highlights of the story of God’s love and faithfulness in its pages.

The schedule included here spans the first 10 weeks. Towards the end of each quarter, we’ll publish the list of the next readings.

Triple Play

Spending time in the Word doesn’t have to be a chore and we don’t have to feel lost trying to figure out where to start. Use the Triple Play as you read with your family, your small group, or even in your personal devotion times!

Highs and Lows: Start by sharing at least one high and one low from the day. Don’t skip this step!

Daily Dig: As you read the text of the week, customize your experience with resources found here to help you grow!

Pray: Take time to pray about the highs and lows and what you’ve read. Give thanks for the highs, ask for help in the lows, and pray for God’s Word to be alive in you each week!

Make the Daily Dig Your Own

People learn in a variety of ways so we’re making it easy to customize and enhance your time with God’s Word in the Daily Dig. Use these options as you do the Triple Play:

Read the Bible

The heart of St Matthew In The Word is actually being in the word! If you only have limited time each week, do this one! You’ll spend time in God’s Word and God will bless that. For families with younger kids, we have copies of The Story Bible available that can make reading the Bible come alive with lots of pictures. (The headings for each week on the reading plan correspond to the chapter titles in The Story Bible.)

Dig Deeper with Digital Resources

We’ll share a video or other resources on our website and social media that will help you go deeper and understand the passage for the week. Audio versions are also available to subscribe in your favorite podcast app.

Do Something

We’ll share some ideas for things you can do as you put God’s Word into practice each week: family activities, service ideas, journaling patterns, and more!

Devotions From People Around St Matthew

Each week, we’ll publish a devotion on the passage of the week written by someone from St Matthew.

2020-2021

The Old Testament

Old Testament – Quarter 1 Weekly Scripture

If using The Story Bible with kids as you read, the weekly headings match the chapter titles.

  • Sep 27: God Creates the World – Part 1 & 2 – Genesis 1
  • Oct 4: God Creates Adam and Eve – Genesis 2
  • Oct 11: Sin Enters the World – Genesis 3
  • Oct 18: Cain and Abel – Genesis 4
  • Oct 25: Noah and the Flood & God’s Promise to Noah – Genesis 6-9
  • Nov 1: God Calls Abram – Genesis 12
  • Nov 8: Abraham and Isaac – Genesis 22
  • Nov 15: Jacob and Esau – Genesis 25, 27
  • Nov 22: Joseph and His Brothers & Joseph’s Troubles – Genesis 37, 39
  • Nov 29: Joseph Feeds Egypt – Genesis 40-41

Download a printable PDF to stick in your bible.

IN THE BEGINNING…

Now THAT’S an opening line!

The first part of our journey through the Old Testament begins with the creation of the universe. Through His word, God speaks creation into existence and with His hands, He forms the first man and woman.

Things start out very good but quickly turn south when Adam and Eve fall victim to the serpent’s temptation and go against God’s will. The rest of the pages the follow – through Old and New Testaments – are all about God’s mission to send a Savior who would restore His creation and reclaim what was lost in that rebellion: the relationship between God and His human creatures.

In the aftermath of the rebellion in the Garden of Eden, Cain & Abel struggle with sin and the situation continues to get worse, quickly spinning out of control until God sends a flood and saves humanity through Noah.

But then the story slows down when it introduces us to Abram, who would later be renamed Abraham and become the ancestor of the nation of Israel. He’s called by God to leave his home and trust that God would make him and his wife, Sarah, into a great nation – a nation from which the Savior will come. This promise from God is a thread that stretches through the rest of the Old Testament. A Savior is coming! When will he arrive?

Through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, God’s promise moves forward. Time and time again, we see humanity struggle with being faithful to God while God remains perfectly faithful to them. In these stories, we see an accurate picture of our own struggle with faithfulness and are given a great reminder: even when we aren’t faithful, God remains faithful to us.

If we are faithless, he remains faithful… 2 Timothy 2:13

Daily Dig Resources

Each week, new resources will be posted right here for you to customize your time in the Word. Use the resources or suggestions that work for you and your family. 

Week 2: Genesis 2

Week 2: Genesis 2

Week 2 of our journey through the Old Testament! This week, God creates Adam and Eve. Check out the resources we’ve assembled to help you grow in the Word!

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