Connecting to God this Season (Part Two)

Are you an open-minded person?

Interested in something spiritual during the summer?

Consider for 20-30 minutes a day, looking at the life of Jesus and His early followers from the vantage point of an eyewitness.

No matter where you may be in your spiritual journey, leave your assumptions to the side. Instead of the version of Christianity that is known for its religiosity, political hypocrisy, or judgmentalism, I believe you will discover something we all long for and our world needs – faith, love, and hope.

Reading through Luke and Acts using the Bible Project videos can be a transformative experience!

It only takes 2.5 hours to read Luke and 2.25 hours to read Acts, but the idea is to go through this intentionally in order to connect with God.

So each day, pray, watch, pray, read, and journal

First, start by praying something like this: “God, show me who you are and show me who you created me to be.”

Second, watch the Bible Project video to give you context from a Hebrew scholar named Tim Mackie who is an expert in what the original writers actually intended.

Third, pray the same prayer again as you read a chapter or two from the Scriptures.

Finally, journal for 5-10 minutes what stood out from the video and what you read.
What did you discover about God?
How can you apply what you’ve read?
What resistance are you feeling and why?
What excites you about what you discovered and why?

DAY ONE
PRAY: “God, show me who you are, and who you created me to be.”
WATCH: Overview: Acts Chapters 1-12
READ: Acts 1-2
JOURNAL: What did you discover about God? How can you apply what you’ve read?

DAY TWO
PRAY: “God, show me who you are, and who you created me to be.”
WATCH: Acts Chapters 1-7
READ: Acts 3-4
JOURNAL: What did you discover about God? How can you apply what you’ve read?

DAY THREE
PRAY: “God, show me who you are, and who you created me to be.”
WATCH: The Way of Exile (living in a world against God and His ways)
READ: Act 5-6
JOURNAL: What did you discover about God? How can you apply what you’ve read?

DAY FOUR
PRAY: “God, show me who you are, and who you created me to be.”
WATCH: Witness
READ: Acts 7
JOURNAL: What did you discover about God? How can you apply what you’ve read?

DAY FIVE
PRAY: “God, show me who you are, and who you created me to be.”
WATCH: Word Study: Euangelion – “Gospel”
READ: Acts 8
JOURNAL: What did you discover about God? How can you apply what you’ve read?

DAY SIX
PRAY: “God, show me who you are, and who you created me to be.”
WATCH: Acts Chapters 8-12
READ: Acts 9
JOURNAL: What did you discover about God? How can you apply what you’ve read?

DAY SEVEN
PRAY: “God, show me who you are, and who you created me to be.”
WATCH: Holy Spirit
READ: Acts 10-11
JOURNAL: What did you discover about God? How can you apply what you’ve read?

DAY EIGHT
PRAY: “God, show me who you are, and who you created me to be.”
WATCH: Acts Chapters 13-20
READ: Acts 12-13
JOURNAL: What did you discover about God? How can you apply what you’ve read?

DAY NINE
PRAY: “God, show me who you are, and who you created me to be.”
WATCH: Overview: Acts Chapters 13-28
READ: Acts 14-15
JOURNAL: What did you discover about God? How can you apply what you’ve read?

DAY TEN
PRAY: “God, show me who you are, and who you created me to be.”
WATCH: God (Paul points people towards faith in the Creator God as revealed through Jesus)
READ: Acts 16-17
JOURNAL: What did you discover about God? How can you apply what you’ve read?

DAY ELEVEN
PRAY: “God, show me who you are, and who you created me to be.”
WATCH: The Law (Paul shares that Jesus was fulfilling the Law rather than opposing it)
READ: Acts 18-19
JOURNAL: What did you discover about God? How can you apply what you’ve read?

DAY TWELVE
PRAY: “God, show me who you are, and who you created me to be.”
WATCH: Acts Chapters 21-28
READ: Acts 20-21
JOURNAL: What did you discover about God? How can you apply what you’ve read?

DAY THIRTEEN
PRAY: “God, show me who you are, and who you created me to be.”
WATCH: Heaven and Earth (Paul points towards the resurrection of Jesus and a new heaven and earth)
READ: Acts 22-23
JOURNAL: What did you discover about God? How can you apply what you’ve read?

DAY FOURTEEN
PRAY: “God, show me who you are, and who you created me to be.”
WATCH: The Covenants (Paul shares about the New Covenant with God through Jesus)
READ: Acts 24-26
JOURNAL: What did you discover about God? How can you apply what you’ve read?

DAY FIFTEEN
PRAY: “God, show me who you are, and who you created me to be.”
WATCH: Overview: New Testament (Paul wrote many of the letters that make up the New Testament)
READ: Acts 27-28
JOURNAL: What did you discover about God? How can you apply what you’ve read?

(The 7:14 Initiative started in Jan. 2020 with the idea of returning to God in the way 2 Chronicles 7:14 describes).

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