S.H.A.P.E.

(A journal system to know Jesus better)

Spending time with God and reading the Bible is the best way to grow in our faith. This system is a tool to help you learn and hear from God through His Word.
 
Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you.
Read the passages for the day.
Write down what God has taught you in your journal indicating the date and reference.
 
S – Scripture. Write out the verse or verses that spoke to you.
H – Hear. Listen for God speaking to you about these verses. Write what you hear God say to you in His voice
or draw the picture God brings to your mind.
A – Apply. Write how you will apply what God has said today. Be specific about what you are going to do differently because of what you have learned today.
P – Pray. Write out a prayer you want to say to God.
E – Exalt. Express your thankfulness to God.
 
We also encourage you to keep a list of prayer requests and answers. Be sure to include the dates of the request and God’s answer!
 

Bible Text Overview

 
The apostle Matthew, a Jew himself, offered a decidedly Jewish perspective on the ministry of Jesus. He included more than fifty direct citations—and even more indirect allusions—from the Old Testament. This exceeds any of the other gospels and indicates that Matthew had the Jewish population in mind when he sat down to write. Matthew’s extensive connections between Jesus and the Old Testament provide ample prophetic evidence for Jesus’s ministry but also give contemporary readers a glimpse into how first-century readers approached the Old Testament with a Christ-centered mind-set. In addition, Matthew’s gospel answers the question on the mind of every Jewish reader: “If Jesus is the King of the Jews, then where is God’s promised kingdom?” Matthew reveals that Jesus did offer the kingdom to Israel, but the offer was rejected. God’s primary work in the world is now accomplished through the building of Christ’s church, after which Jesus will come again to earth and establish His kingdom—ruling the world from Israel. Matthew wrote his account of Jesus’s ministry to show that Jesus was and is indeed the King, Israel’s long-awaited Messiah.
 
 

Oct Reading Schedule

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