During the month of September, I tried to discipline myself to read the book of James everyday. I mixed it up from time to time by listening to it, writing it, and just meditating on it. I really enjoyed spending a month in that book. But now we are on to October and I have been asked by a few people what my plan is for this month. Let me share that with you and if you do not have a plan, feel free to join me. During the month of October, I am going to read the books of Luke & Acts two times through.
- Week 1 - Luke
- Week 2 - Acts
- Week 3 - Luke
- Week 4 - Acts
Why Luke and Acts? Both of these books were written to the same person, Theophilus, who probably funded the project for Dr. Luke to investigate the claims of Jesus and His followers. Luke even explains his purpose in writing these books at the beginning of each of them.
"Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught." (Luke 1:1-4)
"In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen." (Acts 1:1-2)
The book of Acts is a sequel to Luke. Together they deal orderly with all the claims of Jesus, what He accomplished, and how His name was spread to the nations.
If you are not currently in a plan, I would invite you to join me and a few others that are spending the next month reading a detailed historical account of Jesus and His followers. If you are already in a plan, good. Keep going. There are few things in the Christian life that will help you grow spiritually like reading the Word of God.