Word 511 | 20-Day Family devotional journey

Welcome, PCBC Family, to the Word 511 Challenge! 

Beginning the week of January 7th, our marriage and family ministry is kicking off a special challenge to our entire church family. The challenge is:

  • 5 times a week each member of your family studies God’s word
  • 1 time a week, you and your spouse or a close friend connect to talk about what they are learning in God‘s word
  • 1 time a week, your whole family or small group to talk about what they are learning in God’s word
The challenge will be accompanied by a 20-Day devotional for our entire church to walk through together. If you weren’t with us Sunday, Jan 7th, to pick up a packet in the lobby, you can stop by anytime and grab one.  The 20-Day guide is available when you grab your packet, digitally in the following section, and in a PDF version for you to download and print at home. 

WORD 511 The Bible@Home

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Suggested Summary:

The Bible is your family’s most reliable spiritual roadmap given by God to guide us. It must become part of the everyday fabric of our lives. This reading plan is designed to give you a starting place of how to study the Bible and offers several weeks worth of daily devotionals that go along with the WORD 511 Challenge.

To accept the WORD 511 challenge, I/we will spend…

• 5 times a week individually in God’s Word

• 1 time a week connecting with my spouse to talk about God’s Word

• 1 time a week connecting with my family to talk about God’s Word

Throughout your daily time together, consider using the STEP study method as you go deeper into scripture:

S = SCRIPTURE

• What does it say?

• What is the meaning & theme of the passage?

T = TRUTH

• What truths can I learn?

E = EXERCISE

• What can I do?

• What practical thing can I obey this week after reading?

P = PRAYER

• Write out a prayer about what you’ve learned.

DAY ONE

“Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. ” Psalm 25:4

Devotional:

Where do you look for direction in your life? Do you look to other people, family or maybe media? The God that created us, has also provided directions, instructions, and even commands to help us follow Him on the right path, the best path. Ask Him to lead you as you journey through this study in His Word.

DAY TWO

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  2 Timothy 3:16-17

 From this verse we see clear direction that is found in scripture to show us the importance of the Bible in our lives.

• God-breathed: The Bible is the very Word of almighty God, trustworthy and absolute truth.

• Useful: God’s Word helps to teach us, correct us and train us.

• Equipping: Jesus used the truth of scripture as a weapon against the lies of the devil and against temptation. It can also equip each member of the family when facing life’s challenges and attacks.

Do you trust His Word as absolute truth or just opinion? We can trust that His Word is true and can guide us, teach us and equip us. Spend time asking God to help you as you seek Him in His Word.

DAY THREE

Genesis 2:18-25

God has a specific design for marriage. What does it mean to leave and cleave?

Are you and your spouse moving towards being one flesh, or are you moving away from each other in your marriage.

As you talk through these verses together discuss one or two ways that you can move your marriage to more fully resemble the two becoming one. 

DAY FOUR

Deuteronomy 6:1-9

How can you incorporate God’s truth in your home? Consider finding scriptures that you would write out and put around your home to remind you of His Word. Use car time and mealtime as opportunities to talk about scripture or memorize scripture together. This can be as simple as connecting a situation going on to God’s Word.

Who are you expecting to be responsible for the spiritual growth of your child/children?

DAY FIVE

Read 2 Timothy 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth”

The Bible is known as the word of truth. We need truth. In our individual lives and in our families we need truth. The word of truth will help to guild us and shape us into the men and women that God wants us to be.

What do you think that it means to correctly handle the word of truth?

DAY SIX

Read Psalm 119:11  I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

The author states with boldness that there is a correlation between putting God’s Word in our hearts protection from sin.

Have you hidden some of God Word in your heart? If not, what is holding you back? What are some ways that you will begin to memorize scripture individually, with your spouse, and/or with your family?

DAY SEVEN

Read Psalm 119:15-16

“I meditate on your precepts
  and consider your ways. 

I delight in your decrees;
  I will not neglect your word.”

To mediate on God’s precepts or promises and to delight in His decrees is a gift and a joy. To ‘not neglect’ His word is one of the best things that we can choose to do. 

What do you think it means to neglect His Word? Do you feel like you have been neglecting His Word in your life? What are some ways you can begin to change that in your own life and delight more in His Word?

DAY EIGHT

Read Psalm 119:105

“Your word is a lamp for my feet,
 a light on my path.”

God’s Word illuminates. It provides us light and direction. To attempt to journey through life without God’s Word illuminating our path is far from wise.

What is this journey teaching you about your need for God’s Word in your life? In what area of your life do you currently need His direction?

DAY NINE

Read Isaiah 40:8

“The grass withers and the flowers fall,
 but the word of our God endures forever.”

All things will fade away, but the Word of God will endure forever. We can trust in the enduring Word of God.

What peace does that bring you that the Word of our God endures forever?

DAY TEN

Read John 5:39

“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,”

In speaking to those who were in opposition of him, Jesus made it clear that they were looking to the scriptures for eternal life, but they were missing that the scriptures point towards Himself and eternal life found in Him. As you search the scriptures, continually observe how God’s Word repeatedly points to the person of Jesus Christ and His redemptive work on the cross.

DAY ELEVEN

Read Ephesians 5:26-27

God’s Word Purifies Our Hearts

Christ’s death allows the believer to be in right standing with God. And if one allows it, God’s Word can begin to purify the heart. That process starts through the reading and meditation of His Word. Are you allowing God to wash and cleanse your heart by reading and meditating on His Word? Choose today to allow His Word to purify your heart.

DAY TWELVE

Read Genesis 22:1-14

God’s Word Builds Our Faith in God

Abraham was in a tough spot. He loved his son Isaac, yet he was devoted to God. God calling Abraham to do the unthinkable was a test of his faith, which Abraham passed. Are there areas in your life where your faith is weak? Is God calling you to step out in faith and trust Him for the provision? Ask God today to use His Word to help build your faith.

DAY THIRTEEN

Read Daniel 3:14-29

Gods’ Word Teaches Us Courage and Boldness in Tough Times

The three Hebrew men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, had their lives threatened when they chose not to worship someone or something that was not God. They were more concerned with standing for righteousness, than preserving their own lives. God honored their courage in tough times. When you are faced with adversity or peer pressure will you be more concerned with appearing different, or will you stand boldly for what is right? Look for ways today and in the future to depend upon His Word for courage.

DAY FOURTEEN

Read Psalm 119:105-106

God’s Word Provides Clear Direction

Our days are filled with decisions. In all stages of life we have to make big decisions and small decisions. For the decisions of life, God’s Word provides clarity and a righteous pathway for us to follow. When you are faced with decisions, do you turn to the Word of God for guidance? What could be different in your life if you were to look to God’s Word for direction?

DAY FIFTEEN

Read Psalm 19:7-9

God’s Word Shapes Our Character

The writer of many of the Psalms, David, was a man who often struggled with character issues; however, he never stopped pursuing God’s righteousness. David allowed God’s Word to shape him into the great King and leader he was. Are you devoting enough time in God’s Word where character change can occur? What parts of your character do you need God to change?

DAY SIXTEEN

Read 1 Peter 2:9-10

Gods’ Word Teaches Us to Be Confident in Who We Are in Christ

Peter had a long road to being very confident in his identity with Christ. In fear of being associated with Jesus, Peter denied Christ three times before His crucifixion. After an encounter with Jesus after the resurrection, Peter went on to lead the first church with great confidence in the Lord. God sees His children as special. So special that He died for us, and desires us to know who we are now because of our relationship with Him. Like Peter, have you become more confident in your identity with Christ? Choose today to find your identity in Him.

DAY SEVENTEEN

Read Matthew 6:5-13

God’s Word Teaches Us How to Pray

Jesus took His disciples aside and began sharing with them the motives for real, authentic prayer. He also told them what false motives for prayer are. When you pray is your heart seeking the praise from people? Are you praying only out of habit? Also, in what ways are you teaching prayer to others within your family? What are some easy ways that your family can incorporate more times of intentional prayer?

DAY EIGHTEEN

Read Luke 4:4

God’s Word Provides Spiritual Sustenance

After fasting for 40 days, Jesus was being tempted by Satan. Trying to tempt Jesus at His moment of physical weakness and hunger, Satan urges Jesus to use His ability to feed His flesh. Jesus rejects Satan’s temptation and turns the focus on His spiritual food, the Word of God. Jesus boldly used the Word of God verbally to combat Satan’s lies. In your times of weakness, do you seek to feed your flesh (the part of us that desires no good thing) or do you look to the Bible to feed your Spirit? Choose a couple of verses that you can use to combat Satan.

DAY NINETEEN

Read Matthew 25:34-40

God’s Word Teaches Us to Be Compassionate

Jesus is telling a story to His disciples to share a truth with them. Jesus states how compassion to those in need is comparable to being compassionate to God Himself. Jesus does this to raise the importance of compassion to others as a Believer in Christ. Do you look at your compassion to others in need as being compassionate unto the Lord? Is this the way that you and your family approach compassion ministry? What are ways that you and your family can live out compassion?

DAY TWENTY

Read Galatians 5:16-25

God’s Word Shows Us That We are to Live and Walk by God’s Spirit

As Believers, there is always a struggle of rulership within our lives. The flesh, or the part of us that desires no good thing, wants to rule us; and the Spirit, or the godliness within us, wants to rule as well. Paul teaches us in God’s Word that when we choose to surrender to the Spirit, then we will be conformed to His ways. When we do this fruit, or evidence, will be shown through our lives. What areas in your life do you need to surrender to the Spirit? Who can help you remain accountable for a surrendered life?

Now that you have completed this plan we encourage you to discover another plan to help you continue the WORD 511 Challenge.

Where Is This Event?

Putnam City Baptist Church

11401 N Rockwell Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73162

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