Recommended Reading
To encourage us all to be regularly reading Scripture, each week we will post a list of passages we recommend that you to read for the following week. These passages will give you a glimpse into the book and a foundation for the coming week’s sermon.

New Testament

  • Matthew 3-5,21,26-28
  • Mark 1-2, 4:35-5:43, 8-9, 14-15
  • Luke 2, 10, 15, 18, 22-24
  • John 1, 3, 10, 15-17, 21
  • Acts 1:1-14, 2, 8-10, 13, 16, 17
  • Romans 1, 3, 5-8, 12
  • 1 Corinthians 1, 3, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15
  • 2 Corinthians 3-6, 8,9, 11
  • Galatians 1-6
  • Ephesians1-6
  • Philippians 1-4
  • Colossians 1-4
  • 1 Thessalonians 1-5
  • 2 Thessalonians 1-3
  • 1 Timothy 1-6
  • 2 Timothy 1-4
  • Titus 1-3
  • Philemon 1
  • Hebrews 1, 4, 6, 10-13
  • James 1-5
  • 1 Peter 1-5
  • 2 Peter 1-3
  • 1 John 1-5
  • 2 John 1
  • 3 John 1
  • Jude 1
  • Revelation 1-3, 5, 19, 21, 22

Old Testament

  • Genesis: 1-3, 11:1-9, 12:1-9, 15, 17:1-8, 21:1-7, 22
  • Exodus: 3, 12, 14, 19:1-20:21, 32, 34, 40
  • Leviticus: 8, 9, 11, 16, 19:1-16, 23, 26
  • Numbers: 9, 11, 13, 14, 20, 21, 33
  • Deuteronomy: 4-7; 28; 30-31
  • Joshua: 1:1-9; 3; 5:13-7:26; 21:43-45; 23-24
  • Judges 1:27-3:6; 6-8; 13-16
  • Ruth: (whole book)
  • 1 Samuel: 1-3; 8-10; 13:8-14; 15-17; 31
  • 2 Samuel: 1:1-2:11; 5; 7-9; 11-12; 24
  • 1 Kings: 2, 3, 6, 8, 17, 18, 19
  • 2 Kings 2, 5, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25
  • 1 Chronicles 17, 18, 28, 2 Chronicles 6, 7, 20, 36
  • Ezra: 1-10
  • Nehemiah: 1-4, 8-9, 13
  • Esther: 1-8
  • Job: 1-3, 31, 40-42
  • Psalms: 1, 19, 23, 42, 46, 51, 103
  • Proverbs: 1, 3, 8-10, 25, 31
  • Ecclesiastes: 1-3, 5-6, 11-12
  • Song of Solomon: 1-8
  • Isaiah: 40-42, 49-51
  • Jeremiah: 1-4, 31, 33, & 52
  • Lamentations: 1-5
  • Ezekiel: 1-3, 33-34, 36-37
  • Daniel 1-6
  • Hosea 1-3, 11-14
  • Joel 1-3 (whole book)
  • Amos 1-5, 8-9
  • Obadiah (whole book)
  • Jonah 1-4 (whole book)
  • Micah 1-7 (whole book)
  • Nahum 1-3 (whole book)
  • Habakkuk 1-3 (whole book)
  • Zephaniah 1-3 (whole book)
  • Haggai 1-2 (whole book)
  • Zechariah 1-3, 9, 12-14
  • Malachi 1-4 (whole book)


Memory Project

Verse #1 (Aug.-Sept.):

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.” John 5:39 (ESV)

Verse #2 (Oct.):

4Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.” Deuteronomy 6:4-6 (ESV)

Verse #3 (Nov.):

31“This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. 32 “For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? 33 This God is my strong refuge and has made my way blameless.” 2 Samuel 22:31-33 (ESV)

Verse #4 (Dec. – Jan.):

7The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 8the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.” Psalm 19:7-8 (ESV)

Verse #5 (Feb.-March)

“‘The mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10 (ESV)

Verse #6 (April-May)

“…Rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.” Joel 2:13 (ESV)

Verse #7 (June)

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV)

Verse #8 (August-September)

30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:30-31 (ESV)

Verse #9 (October)

1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2 (ESV)

Verse #10 (November)

6Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”  Colossians 2:6-7 (ESV)

Verse #11 (January)

16All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17(ESV)

Resource Booklet

As we start our sermon series,“One Book,” we don’t want anyone to feel intimidated by the broad scope of the Bible’s contents. It can be a daunting task to read from all parts of Scripture, let alone to try to understand it in all its various layers and forms. So we’ve put together a few basic informational items (or tools in your belt, so to speak) that may be helpful as we work through the Bible together one book at a time. Included in this resource booklet are:

  • a sample chapter from 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible, called “How Do We Identify Literary Genre—And Why Does It Matter?”
  • a simplified timeline of the major historical events that are covered in the Bible
  • a graphic that shows all 66 books of the Bible in the order/groupings that they have historically been arranged

Copies of this booklet are available for free in the Resource Center, or you can download a pdf: One Book Handout.