New Christian Bible Reading Plan: NewStart Day 32
The best New Christian Bible Reading Plan I’ve ever found is one that covers the highlights of the Bible in 50 days. It’s so important in making disciples in a small church, that you get people plugged into something that doesn’t get them stuck!
Here’s one of the disciple-making mentoring videos that I created to help a brand new Christian walk through the first 50 days of their walk with God. Below is the transcript of NewStart Discipleship 32:
New Start Discipleship Day 32
Hey, and welcome back day 32. Now today, I want you to do something for me, okay? I don't have this on your actual handout, right? But I want you to read one more chapter from Exodus before we get to so, it's not in the book, but I actually I realized that I left it out in the first edition. I'm going to correct this in future editions. So, if you haven't, if it's not on your, you’re one that you're reading, I want you to read Exodus 12, alright? Exodus 12, because that is like a big important transition chapter between the situation with Moses and Pharaoh, and the rest of the Old Testament.
So, in Exodus 12, this is really important. This really important festival called Passover that God introduces. He says that God's judgment is going to come on Israel. But if the Israelites will kill a lamb and put the blood over the doorpost, that God's judgment will pass over them. Which is picked up in the New Testament, that Jesus is our Passover lamb, that he's the one whose blood makes it to where God's blessing rests upon us instead of his judgment. And so powerful, powerful idea. And so then, in Exodus chapter 12, they also leave and so I intended to put that in here, and it's not in so I just realized it when I started to do this video.
So, Exodus 12 and then after they leave, and after the Passover, and God judges, the Egyptians and kills all the firstborn, even up to the firstborn of Pharaoh, right? So, he kills the next in line to the Egyptian throne, then what happens is God sends his children out, he sends his people out. At this time, there are a lot of Israelites, scholars aren't sure exactly how many, but it looks like it could have been like 2 million people, alright? So, a really, really significant crowd of people, counting women and children and all that.
So, the crowd moves out, and they go out into the wilderness, and they celebrate the breaking of the Egyptians and the Red Sea. And by the way, if you want to read the rest of that, you can read if you really want to, like get extra credit, right? You can read about that in Exodus 13 and 14, as well, what God did by parting the Red Sea and all of that.
So, in the rest of this story, we're going to run to a major the next major thing is God's covenant made with God's people at Mount Sinai. So, in Exodus 19, they arrive at Sinai at the mountain, which is very important in Scripture. I won't take time to unpack that now. But God reveals himself in ten commandments, you've probably heard of these, I'm sure you have, right? You've heard the ten commandments; you probably even know some of them. But God reveals himself to his people. And here's what he begins to do, right? This is why it's really important to understand this.
God begins to reveal himself as a holy God who has ethical demands, that His Holiness, places ethical demands on his people. Because God's a God of truth, his people must not tell lies. Because God is a God of life, his people must not kill, because our murder specifically right, there's situations in which God's may warrant judgment. But it because God is a God, who is a God of being and worth and dignity and value, his people must respect themselves and not work on one day a week and respect and rest in the Lord.
And so, there's many things because God is a God who have supreme worth, we must have no other gods before him. And so, God begins to teach us that his holy character necessarily means we have ethical demands, we have things we must do with areas we must obey, and they are built and founded in God's holy character. Because God is a God of mercy, because of God is a God of sufficiency. We should not steal, and we should not covet. Because God is a God of faithfulness, we should not commit adultery, because God is a God of who is our Father, we should honor our father and our mother physically in our families.
So, all of these things teach us that God's great character, his Holy character should flow out in Holiness in his people. And that's really, really crucial. It's a big deal.
One of the big deals about the law is it teaches us that we need forgiveness. The purpose of the law is not to teach us how to be good in God's eyes, the purpose of the law was to teach us that if we are to be like God, we're going to need a savior right? This is unpacked in the new testament we didn't keep the law so what do we need? We need somebody to save us from God's judgment, we need somebody to save us from God's wrath and his righteous judgment on sin. So, since that's the case god wants to be together with us and he makes a way through his son Jesus. That's what we read in the words of the law and the 10 commandments in Exodus 20. God bless you see you tomorrow.
Darrell Stetler II makes clear discipleship plans possible for small church pastors. He writes about it at his blog on discipleship tools for small churches, and shares a weekly training on how to disciple new believers.