Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 3rd Monday in January

The People’s Obligation to obey the Civil Authorities is conditional upon the Civil Authorities obeying the Higher Law. *

The Bible shows that civil government is a covenant between God, the King and the People.  God makes the Laws; the king promises to obey and apply those Laws; and the people pledge themselves to the Covenant.  Out of this relationship between God, the king and the people arises the people’s obligation to protest lawlessness on the part of the king.  If they don’t protest, God punishes the people because of the misdeeds of the their kings – the people will suffer if they go along with the unlawful acts:

  • God sent a 3 year famine because Saul put the Gibeonites to death (2 Sam 21).
  • God sent a pestilence which killed 70, 000 Israelites because David took the census (1 Chronicles 21 and 2 Samuel 24).
  • God (via Elijah) sent a famine because Ahab and his house forsook the commandments of the Lord (1 Kings 16:29-33, 17:1, 18:1, 18:17-19).
  • God struck a heavy blow at Joram’s people because of Joram’s wickedness (2 Chronicles 21:1-14)

God visited 4 dooms upon Jerusalem and the southern Kingdom because of the sins of Manasseh (2 Kings 21:10-17 and Jeremiah 15:3-4).

*from a document “The Biblical Foundation of Our Constitution” prepared by  Publius Huldah.

Week Three: January 15 – January 21

Week Three Worship Resource  (Days 15-21)

Gathering with Songs linked with their Scripture references

Matthew 6:9 “God, Our Father, We Adore Thee;” Matthew 6:9 “The Lord’s Prayer;” Matthew 6:24 “Jesus Is Lord of All;” Matthew 6:35 “Seek Ye First;” Acts 8:4 “I Love To Tell the Story;” Acts 8:35 “Tell Me the Story of Jesus;” Genesis 35:15 “Nearer, My God, to Thee”

Messianic Prophecy

Genesis 17:19 -Isaac is a reflection of the coming Christ      “…I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.”

NT Fulfillment: Luke 3:23-34  “…Jesus….the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham….”   Romans 9:7

God’s Word

Psalm 15:1-5   (A Psalm of David)

Proverbs 4:20-27 (Fatherly advice on wisdom);

Genesis 32:22-31 (Jacob wrestles, his name is changed to Israel)

Matthew 6:5-15  (The Lord’s Prayer)

Acts 9:1-19  (Saul is converted on the role to Damascus)

Suggested memory verse: Proverbs 4:23    “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”  NKJV


Reformation Study Bible (RSB):  Acts 7:55 “Jesus’ Heavenly Reign”

Heidelberg Catechism questions for Lord’s Day 3rd Sunday: #6 Did God create man evil and perverse like this?  #7 Where then does this corruption of human nature come from?  #8 But are we so perverted that we are altogether unable to do good  and prone to do evil?

Westminster Shorter Catechism: #10 “How did God create man?”  #13 “Did our first parents continue in the estate where in they were created?”  #14 “What is sin?”  #15 “What was the sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate where in they were created?”  #16 “Did all mankind fall in Adam’s first transgression?”  #17 “Into what estate did the fall bring mankind?”  #18 “Wherein consists the sinfulness of that estate where into man fell?”  #12 “What special act of Providence did God exercise toward man in the estate herein he was created?”  #20 “Did God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery?”

Prayerful Response/Breaking of Bread


 Integrated Bible Reading Plan for Week Three:

Day 15     Prv 4:10-19      Ps 10:1-11     Genesis 29-30     Mt 5:38-42 Ac 7:35-53 Jan 15,
Day 16      Prv 4:20-27      Ps 10:12-18   Genesis 31-32    Mt 5:43-48 Ac 7:54-8:3   Jan 16,
Day 17      Prv 5:1-6         Ps 11:1-7          Genesis 33-34           Mt 6:1-4 Ac 8:4-25 Jan 17,
Day 18        Prv 5:7-14       Ps 12:1-8         Genesis 35-36       Mt 6:5-15 Ac 8:26-40 Jan 18,
Day 19       Prv 5:15-23       Ps 13:1-6          Genesis 37-38      Mt 6:16-24 Ac 9:1-19 Jan 19,
Day 20     Proverbs 6:1-5;      Ps 14:1-7       Genesis 39-40    Mt 6:25-34 Ac 9:20-31 Jan 20,
Day 21     Prv 6:6-11;         Ps 15:1-5          Genesis 41-42;       Mt 7:1-6 Ac 9:32-43 Jan 21,

Week Two: January 8 – January 14

Week Two Worship Resource  (Days 8-14)

Gathering with songs linked with their Scripture references:

Psalm 8:1 “How Majestic Is Your Name”                                                      Psalm 8:3-4 “He Is Everything To Me”                                                          Psalm 8:9 “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name”                                            Genesis 17:1 “El Shaddai”

Messianic Prophecy

Genesis 12:3  -The Abrahamic Covenant: “and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curse thee and in thee (Abraham) shall all the families of the earth be blessed; The Seed of Abraham.

NT Fulfillment: Matthew 1:1  -Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the son of Abraham;    Galatians 3:8, Galatians 3:16   -Jesus was the fulfillment of the promised seed through all the nations of the world would receive the blessings of God.  Through Christ and his love all the nations truly are blessed.

God’s Word

Psalm 8:5-8 (the dominion that God has given man)

Proverbs 3:5-8 (Do not lean on your own understanding);

Genesis 15:1-6, 7-21 (God promises an heir and a land to Abram)

Matthew 5:1-12  (The Beatitudes)

Acts 4:23-37  (The disciples unit in prayer and sharing)

Suggested memory verse: Genesis 5:16


Reformation Study Bible (RSB):  “Covenant” Genesis 15:11;         “Infant Baptism” Genesis 17:23-27

Heidelberg Catechism questions for Lord’s Day 2:                                      #3 Where do you learn of your sin and its wretched consequences?     #4 What does the law of God require of                                                              #5 Can you keep all this perfectly?

Westminster Catechism questions:  #16 ‘What is sin?” #42 “What is the sum of the ten commandments?”  #18  “Wherein consists the sinfulness of the estate where into man fell?”  19 “What is the misery of that estate where into man fell?

Prayerful Response/Breaking of Bread


 Integrated Bible Reading Plan for Week Two:

Day 8   Prv 3:1-4    Ps 6:1-10    Genesis 15-16    Mt 4:12-17  Ac 4:1-22 Jan 8
Day 9   Prv 3:5-8   Ps 7:1-9    Genesis 17-18    Mt 4:18-25   Ac 4:23-37 Jan 9
Day 10  Prv 3:9-12  Ps 7:10-17 Genesis 19-20 Mt 5:1-12 Ac 5:1-16 Jan 10,
Day 11 Prv 3:13-20  Ps 8:1-4 Genesis 21-22 Mt 5:13-20 Ac 5:17-42 Jan 11,
Day 12 Prv 3:21-27  Ps 8:5-9   Genesis 23-24   Mt 5:21-26  Ac 6:1-15 Jan 12,
Day 13 Prv 3   Ps 9:1-8   Genesis 25-26  Mt 5:27-32 Ac 7:1-16 Jan 13,
Day 14  Prv 4:1-9   Ps 9:9-20   Genesis 27-28  Mt 5:33-37 Ac 7:17-34 Jan 14,

Week One: January 1 – January 7

Week One Worship Resource (Days 1-7) for the Lord’s Day

Gathering with songs linked with their Scripture references:

Gen 1:31 “All Things Bright and Beautiful;”

Psalm 3:8 “Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing;” Psalm 5:7 “The Lord Is in His Holy Temple;” Psalm 5:8 “Lead Me, Lord;”                          Matthew 2:1 “We Three Kings;” Matthew 2:2 “O Come, Let Us adore Him;” Matthew 2:6 “Angels, from the Realms of Glory;” Matthew 2:10-11 “As with Gladness Men or Old;” Matthew 3:15 “We Bless the Name of Christ, the Lord;”                                                      Acts 1:3 “Alleluia! Alleluia!;” Acts 2:24 “Christ Arose;”                            Acts 2:36 “Jesus Is Lord of All;” Acts 2:42 “Let Us Break Bread Together;”     Acts 3:1 “Sweet Hour of Prayer”

Messianic Prophecy

Genesis 3:14-15 has the proto-evangelium or the first gospel prophecy that God would send a redeemer, the seed of the woman, who would bruise the head of the serpent.  NT Fulfillment: 1 John 3:8, Hebrews 2:14:   The shedding of Christ’s blood provided the redemption for those who place their faith in Christ.

God’s Word (text highlights from week one)

Psalm 1:1-6 (righteous and wicked people are contrasted;           Proverbs 1:1-6 (proverbs of Solomon);    Genesis 1:26-31;          Genesis 3:1-19 (the serpent’s deceit on the sixth day); Genesis 6:9-22 (Noah);   Matthew 2:1-12 (Magi seek Jesus)(Epiphany);       Acts 1:1-14 (Ascension of Jesus into heaven)

Suggested Memory Verse: Genesis 1:27


Reformation Study Bible (RSB):   “Human Beings Created In the Image of God”  Genesis 1:26-27; “Covenant of Works” Genesis 2:24; “Original Sin” Genesis 3:2; “The Apostles” Acts 1:26

Heidelberg Catechism Doctrinal questions for Lord’s Day 1:               #1 What is your only comfort, in life and in death?                                    #2  How many things must you know that you may live and die in the blessedness of this comfort?                                                                 Westminster Shorter Catechism corresponding questions:                   #1 What is the chief end of man?                                                                            #4 What is God?

Prayerful Response/Breaking of Bread


 Integrated Bible Reading Plan for Week One:

Day 1 Prv 1:1-6; Ps 1:1-6; Genesis 1-2; Matthew 1:1-17; Acts 1:1-14 1/1
Day 2 Prv 1:7; Ps 2:1-6; Genesis 3-4; Mt 1:18-25; Ac 1:15-26 1/2
Day 3 Prv 1:8-19; Ps 2:7-12; Genesis 5-6; Mt 2:1-12; Ac 2:1-21 1/3
Day 4 Prv 1:20-33; Ps 3:1-8; Genesis 7-8; Mt 2:13-23; Ac 2:22-41 1/4
Day 5 Prv 2:1-15; Ps 4:1-8; Genesis 9-10; Mt 3:1-12; Ac 2:42-47 1/5
Day 6 Prv 2:16-19; Ps 5:1-8; Genesis 11-12; Mt 3:13-17; Ac 3:1-10 1/6
Day 7 Prv 2:20-22; Ps 5:9-12; Genesis 13-14; Mt 4:1-11; Ac 3:11-26 1/7