Binge The Bible

21 Day Bible Reading Plan

Welcome to Binge the Bible for October. We decided to do something different for this month by creating a team of Focus Church biblical scholars. We would like to thank our contributors: Pastor Gary Nibbelink, Pastor Rodney Gish, Pastor James Daman and Carl Vanderpool.

Pastor Gary Nibbelink, B.A., Central Bible College, M.A. Biblical Literature, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Carl Vanderpool, B.A., Central Bible College; M.Div., Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary; ThM, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary; PHD (ABD), AGTS-Evangel University

Pastor Rodney Gish, Student, Evangel University; B.A., Fort Hays (Kansas) State University; M.A., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield

Pastor James Daman, Student, Arizona School of Ministry; B.A., Northeastern State University; M.S.W., University of Oklahoma

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Day 1- Introduction

Read it- Psalm 119:25, Proverbs 27:17 NLT Live it-  Over the next 21 days, we will be doing something different for Binge the Bible. What started as one 21-day reading plan to start the year has turned into a movement of pursuing God. As a church we believe in...

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Day 2 – Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)

Read it -  Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 3:28, Galatians 6:7-9 NLT Live it -  We want to begin today’s reading by defining what a sola is; "sola" is a Latin word that means "alone" or "only.” We will be exploring all 5 of Martin Luther’s solas:   Sola Fide, which...

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Day 3 – Sustaining Grace

Read it - 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 NLT Live it - Today, we are in our second day of considering Martin Luther’s Sola Gratia (Grace alone). In yesterday’s Binge we read that Grace through Faith is our means of salvation. Grace gains us entry into the Kingdom of God. But...

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Day 4- The “Now” of God’s Grace

Read it- 2 Timothy 1:6-12 NLT Live it-  Today, we finish up the Sola Gratia section of our study. Pastor James emphasized that salvation comes by grace alone; that is, you cannot earn salvation. Pastor Rod brought to our attention that God’s grace is a sustaining...

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Day 5- Sola Fide (Faith alone)

Read it- Romans 1:16-17; Romans 3:21-22 NLT Live it-  This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” Romans 1:17 The church...

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Day 6- The House

Read it- Philippians 3, Hebrews 11:1, 1 Corinthians 3:11 NLT Live it-  Sola Fide reminds us that salvation is received solely through faith in Jesus Chris. Paul begins our scripture reading today telling us his goal is to safeguard our faith. That is because our faith...

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Day 7 – Faith Pleases God

Read it - Hebrews 11 NLT Live it -  Today’s text is a soaring treatise on the subject of faith. It starts by giving a definition of faith. Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) states, “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” Belief does...

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Day 8- Faith and Perfection

Read it- Genesis 12:1-9; 15:1-6; 22:1-19 Live it-  Today, we finish Luther’s emphasis on Sola Fide, salvation by faith alone. Pastor Rod challenged us to know what faith is through the great heroes of the faith. Now, we will look at Abraham, one of those heroes of the...

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Day 9- Solus Christus (Christ alone)

Read it- Luke 24:25-27; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 2:17-3:1 Live it-  For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5 NLT Solus Christus is the assertion that Christ alone is the basis by which sinners are...

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Day 10-Our source

Read it- John 14:6, John 15:5 NLT Live it-  One important belief that Martin Luther challenged was the concept that works, including penance, indulgences, and sacraments, were means of obtaining salvation. Aren’t you thankful that Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for...

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Day 11 – The Only Way to God

Read it - John 14:1-14 NLT Live it -  It is the final week before the Crucifixion of Jesus. He has just predicted that Peter would deny Him three times. Then in an effort to comfort his disciples and bolster their faith, He encourages them to not be troubled and...

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Day 12- A Vision of Christ

Read it- Revelation 1:9-18 NLT Live it- This is the last of the devotionals on Christ Alone. As Pastor Gary noted, Luther was fighting against the Roman Catholic understanding that Jesus’s salvation-work only took care of part of the sin problem: that we have to do...

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Day 13- Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone)

Read it- 1 Corinthians 4:6; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT Live it- Sola Scriptura  (God’s Word Alone) Sola scriptura emphasizes the Bible alone as the source of authority for Christians. By saying “Scripture alone,” the Reformers rejected both the divine...

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Day 14- Our Guidepost

Read it- Romans 1:17, Romans 3:28 NLT Live it-  The concept that scripture should be the final arbiter in theological matters was a radical concept in Martin Luther’s time. A couple of reasons for this was that the church had a significant position of authority and...

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Day 15 – The Word Gives Light

Read it - Psalm 119:105-112 NLT Live it -  Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the whole Bible. It is divided into 22 sections of 8 verses each. Each line of each section begins with succeeding letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  For example, each line of the first...

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Day 16- Trusting God’s Word

Read it- Genesis 2:4-3:2 NLT Live it-  Luther believed that only the Scriptures should be the authoritative voice for the believer. As Pastor Gary said, this is not to do away with tradition or councils or other theological works. But, in our everyday life, Luther...

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Day 17- Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God alone)

Read it- 1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians  3:16-23; 2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT Live it-  Over 50 years ago (I’m old—I know), I sang with a men’s group with about 25-30 members.  We called ourselves Deo Gloria, and we would sing in different churches about 3-4 times a month...

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Day 18- Loving the Unloved

Read it- Matthew 22:36-40 NLT Live it-  I used to work in a juvenile detention facility. Expecting to make an impact, I took the job, but I was the one who was impacted. I met so many bright, affable children. But in all my time there, I noticed one commonality in...

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Day 19 – Whatever You Do

Read it - 1 Corinthians 10 NLT Live it -  As you begin reading this passage, you might ask what this has to do with “Glory to God alone.” That is a legitimate question. But read it through to the end. It will become clear to you.  Paul begins this passage with a brief...

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Day 20 Praise the Lord!

Read it- Psalm 150 Live it-  How fitting it is that the last devotional of Sola Gratia should be on Psalm 150. Look at all the ways the psalmist tells us to praise God. He starts by saying “Just do it!” Just praise the Lord!  But, maybe you are like me and come back...

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Day 21- Closing

Read it- Galatians 6:7-9, Revelation 12:11 Live it-  On the second day of the devotional, we asked you to examine your habits in the context of Galatians 6:7-9. On this final day of this devotional, we want you to read that scripture again and ask yourself, do you...

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