Bible Book of the Month

January 2023 – Bible Books of the Month – 1st and 2nd Corinthians

Hello Brothers and Sisters and welcome to 2023!  I believe that this year will be an amazing year of growth and discipleship here at Chestnut Grove!

For our first Bible book of the month of 2023, I stand amazed at God’s grace and sense of humor. I put together the schedule for the biblical books many months in advance and had no idea at the time that I would also be starting a new sermon series on themes from 1 & 2 Corinthians beginning on January 1st, 2023.  I take this as a sign that God is ordering our steps.

As we explore these powerful letters from the Apostle Paul to the church in Corinth, there are several things to remember. For one, Corinth was known to be an especially ungodly city. But in the midst of this darkness, the truth and power of the gospel had taken root and lives were being transformed. Next, the Corinthian correspondence reveals that maturity in Christ is a process that takes time and understanding. The believers in Corinth had many questions for Paul, and the Holy Spirit was guiding Paul to respond to these questions with clarity and wisdom. Additionally, these letters teach us that it is good to ask questions to God and God-appointed leaders, who will be able to offer help in your living out your faith in Christ in practical ways. And finally, in a town that cared much for status, these letters teach the Corinthians (and us) that greatness in the Kingdom of God is found by growing in God’s love and by humbly serving others in His Name.   ———————————————————————————————–

Isaiah – Bible Book of the Month for December, 2022
One of the most beloved books of the Bible is the Old Testament book by the prophet Isaiah. It is not only the prophet with the most chapters in his book, but Isaiah is also sometimes called the messianic prophet, because his prophecies in several places point ahead to Jesus. Perhaps this is nowhere clearer than in and around Isaiah 53, as he describes many details about the suffering servant.  I am happy to give you a handful of helpful handouts on Isaiah as well. These were all put together by an excellent Old Testament professor of mine, Dr. David A. Dorsey. I trust they will be a blessing to you as they are to me.  As we journey together towards the celebration of the birth of Jesus this month of December, may these inspired words of our faithful brother in Christ, Isaiah, nourish your soul and strengthen your faith.
Merry Christmas!
PT

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July 2022 – For the month of July, our Bible books of the month are again a two-for-one special. We are highlighting the Book of Proverbs from the Old Testament and the Book of James from the New Testament. These books are lumped together because godly wisdom is a major theme in both books of Scripture and we need all the wisdom we can get to navigate these times where confusion and ungodliness thinking and living are very prevalent. As Christians, we are called to be in the world, but not of the world. God’s Spirit has given these books to us to help us to walk in His wisdom. May we prayerfully read these books, knowing that the Lord will help us each day to grow in His wisdom and better reflect Him to those around us.

See the Handouts document below for the reading of Chronicles – June 2022
Handouts for Chronicles Bible Study – June 2022

In the beginning…

Every story has a beginning and without grasping how the story begins, it is difficult to understand the story itself. The Book of Genesis is the book of Beginnings. In it we learn of the beginnings of our human race and our Triune God’s desire for people to walk in relationship with Himself. In it we are reminded that God is always the hero and God works through imperfect people. In it we see the start of God’s redemptive plan begin to take shape in the forming of a new nation that was called to be His representatives on this earth and be the means by which Jesus the Messiah would come.

During this current time of restart, both as a nation and as a church, it is fitting to take a fresh look at the start, at the story of beginnings in Genesis. Read/Hear God’s Word with an expectancy to hear the Lord speak to you. Read with a desire to get to know our good God better. Read with joy knowing that you are part of His continually unfolding story today!

Book of the Month:
July – Matthew
August – Genesis
September – Acts
October – Psalms
November – Romans
December – Exodus
January 2021 – Mark
February 2021 – 1 & 2 Corinthians
March 2021 – Leviticus & Hebrews
April 2021 – Galatians & Ephesians
May 2021 – Numbers
June 2021 – Deuteronomy
July 2021 – 1 & 2 Thessalonians
August 2021 – Joshua
September 2021 – 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus
October 2021 – Judges & Ruth
November 2021 – Philippians & Colossians & Philemon
December 2021 – Luke
January 2022 – 1 & 2 Samuel
February 2022 – 1 & 2 Peter & Jude
March 2022 – Revelation
April 2022 – 1 & 2 Kings
May 2022 – John
June 2022 – 1 & 2 Chronicles
July 2022 – Proverbs & James
August 2022 – Matthew
September 2022 – Job
October 2022 – Romans
November 2022 – Ecclesiastes
December 2022 – Isaiah
January 2023 – 1 & 2 Corinthians
February 2023 – 1 John, 2 John, 3 John
March 2023 – Jeremiah & Lamentations