New Testament Reading Plan | 2022

As a church community one of our top priorities is to become increasingly Scripture saturated (The Word of Christ, dwelling in us richly, permeating all we think, say, and do – Colossians 3:16). One of the best ways for this to happen is for us to spend time daily lingering over the Bible. In 2021 our church utilized a reading plan developed by The Bible Project where we read through the entire New Testament in one year, and as the year progressed, it was so encouraging to hear how many conversations and discipleship moments were fueled by our church all using the same reading plan. This year we are encouraging everyone to once again utilize this plan, with a few points of emphasis.

Don’t rush, linger. One of the reasons we are encouraging this New Testament in a year plan is that the pace is slow enough that we can actually meditate and reflect on what the Word of God is communicating. Too often our Scripture reading is rushed and instead of allowing our souls time to steep in God’s Word we simply check it off our to-do list. This year we want to commit to lingering over the Bible meditatively, prayerfully, slowly, so that we can become increasingly Scripture saturated.

Don’t read in isolation, be communal. One of the neat things about the YouVersion Bible App is that it allows you to invite others into your reading plan where you can track each other’s progress and share insights. As you read this year make sure to include your family, friends, roommates, or Discipleship Collective. When we approach Scripture this way it allows us to focus on another one of our priorities, being increasingly relationally intentional (Being moved towards another person because of the unsurpassable worth they hold in Jesus’ eyes – 1 Thessalonians 2:8).

Don’t make the written Word the goal, but the Living Word. As we sit daily with the Scriptures, meditating on every verse of the New Testament, our goal is not to be filled with knowledge of the Bible, but rather to be filled with the Spirit of Jesus. As you encounter the person of Jesus through the transforming study of His Word our hearts will become increasingly aware of His love for us and our desire will be to love Him more.

We hope that everyone at missio would lean into this means of grace in 2022! Follow the links below to join in!

  • Download the app and join the plan: Click here to find the NT in a year plan and sign up. Make sure to invite a friend to read along with you!
  • Download and print a hard copy: If you would like a PDF of the NT plan you can find one here.
  • Add the Old Testament as well: If you would like to read through the entire Bible you can add The Bible Project’s OT in a year plan, and download a PDF of the plan here.

Spiritual Gifts For The Missio Dei

This past week we studied 1 Corinthians 12 and Paul’s teaching on the nature and purpose of spiritual gifts in the life of the church. The main point of this passage of Scripture is that a spiritual gift is where our individuality lives out our interdependence in a local church. Since all Christians have at least one spiritual gift, and since those gifts are designed to build up the church for the good of others (1 Cor. 12:7), it is essential for our church to be filled with Believers who use their gift(s) for the glory of God and the good of the Body.

Unfortunately many of us remain uninformed (1 Cor. 12:1) on what our gift(s) might be and how to best use it in our church. To help us all become better equipped in this area we have put together a list* of the gifts Scripture identifies, though most commentators agree that the sample lists that are given are not exhaustive (it is quite likely there are additional gifts not enumerated in the following list). As you read through the list take some time to pray about how the Holy Spirit may have gifted you, and how your use or failure to use your gift(s) might bless or harm the church. Additionally, remember that no gift comes to us fully-developed. We should earnestly pray that we would grow in effectiveness with our gifts, as well as that the Spirit would bless us with additional gifts (1 Cor. 14:1)!

  • Wisdom: The Spirit-empowered ability to give guidance based on biblical truth (1 Cor. 12:8).
    • The church needs wisdom in order to apply the truth of God’s Word to our decisions and lifestyles, without this gift in operation we will lose the distinctiveness of a community that has been given the revelation of the Word of God.
  • Knowledge: The Spirit-empowered ability to understand biblical truth (1 Cor. 12:8).
    • The church needs knowledge in order to properly understand the truth of God’s Word, without this gift in operation we will miss out on the depth and beauty of the Bible.
  • Faith: The Spirit-empowered ability to see God working in mundane and extraordinary ways (1 Cor. 12:9).
    • The church needs faith in order to be reminded God is always working, without this gift in operation we will become discouraged and feel that God has left us on our own. 
  • Healing: The Spirit-empowered ability to be the channel through which God heals the sick (1 Cor. 12:9).
  • Miracles: The Spirit-empowered ability to be the channel through which God shows His power (1 Cor. 12:9).
    • The church needs gifts of healings and miracles in order to see that God is sovereign and powerful, without this gift in operation we will come to believe in a deistic religion that believes God is unable to work in our world.
  • Apostleship: The Spirit-empowered ability to start new churches and bring the Gospel to new places (1 Cor. 12:28, Eph. 4:11).
    • The church needs apostleship in order to see the mission of God (the missio Dei) advance to new places, without this gift in operation we will not see the Kingdom advance with the power of the Gospel.
  • Teaching: The Spirit-empowered ability to impart biblical truth (Rom. 12:7, 1 Cor. 12:28, Eph. 4:11).
    • The church needs teaching in order to see the blessing of God’s Word applied in our lives, without this gift in operation we will miss out on the feast that Scripture offers.  
  • Service: The Spirit-empowered ability to come alongside others, lifting their burdens (Rom. 12:7, 1 Cor. 12:28, 1 Pet. 4:11).
    • The church needs service in order to lift the cares and burdens we all experience, without this gift in operation we will find ourselves buried under the weight of our burdens.
  • Administration: The Spirit-empowered ability to know what to do or direction to lead (1 Cor. 12:28).
    • The church needs administration in order to know which decisions will lead to the greatest health of our church, without this gift in operation we will find ourselves directionless or handicapped by bad decisions.
  • Evangelism: The Spirit-empowered ability to see non-Christians come to faith (Eph. 4:11).
    • The church needs evangelism in order to see people far from Jesus come to faith in Him, without this gift in operation we will become a group of families who only baptize those who were born into Christian homes.
  • Shepherding: The Spirit-empowered ability to help, care for, and invest in God’s people (Eph. 4:11).
    • The church needs shepherding in order to be cared for as Jesus desires His people to be, without this gift in operation we will stray from His Body or fall prey to wolves.
  • Encouragement: The Spirit-empowered ability to strengthen the discouraged (Rom. 12:8).
    • The church needs encouragement in order to find the strength to endure amidst the hardship of life, without this gift in operation we will drift towards passivity or cowardice.
  • Generosity: The Spirit-empowered ability to meet needs (Rom. 12:8).
    • The church needs generosity in order to accomplish the ministry God has called us to, without this gift in operation we will see ministry opportunities pass by due to a lack of resources.
  • Leadership: The Spirit-empowered ability to mobilize people for a cause (Rom. 12:8).
    • The church needs leadership in order to gather and motivate people to do the work of ministry, without this gift in operation we will not see the mission advance.
  • Mercy: The Spirit-empowered ability to come alongside hurting people (Rom. 12:8).
    • The church needs mercy in order to demonstrate the compassion of Christ, without this gift in operation we will not fulfill our call to comfort those who mourn.
  • Hospitality: The Spirit-empowered ability to welcome and love strangers (Rom. 12:13).
    • The church needs hospitality in order to be a place that is welcoming to those who are in search of a community, without this gift in operation we will become increasingly cold and distant towards outsiders.  
  • Tongues**: The Spirit-empowered ability to speak to God in unlearned human languages (1 Cor. 12:8-10, 29-30).
  • Interpretation: The Spirit-empowered ability to translate gift of tongues in corporate worship (1 Cor. 12:8-10, 29-30). 
  • Prophecy: The Spirit-empowered ability to impart truth from God in specific situations (Rom. 12:6, 1 Cor. 12:10, 28, Eph. 4:11).
  • Discernment: The Spirit-empowered ability to evaluate origin and authenticity of prophetic messages (1 Cor. 12:10).

One thing to note about these gifts is that the lines of distinction, in some cases, are blurry. For example, when a gift is that of mercy and when it is a gift of encouragement can be difficult to tell! The important question, however, is not which gift is being used as much as what is the result of the gift in operation. Is the Spirit more tangibly visible because of this action? Is the Body of Christ built up through the use of this gift, or is it merely drawing attention to the gifted one? Ultimately none of us will have all the gifts, therefore we are dependent on the Spirit to empower and the other members of our church to be faithful in the utilization of their gifts!

But perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind regarding spiritual gifts is seen in the actual Greek word Paul uses: Charisma. One scholar believes the best translation of this word is not “spiritual gifts,” but rather “grace-gifts.” This concept is helpful because it reminds us gifting is not the result of our merit or natural abilities, rather, it is (like our salvation itself) a gracious act of God on our behalf! Just as you cannot earn your way to redemption, you cannot earn your own gifting! Gifts are not about ranking which Believer is more important than another but rather reminding us that we are all dependent on the grace of Jesus in all that we do.

*This list is heavily reliant on the commentaries of Gordon Fee, Thomas Schreiner, Roy Ciampa, and a sermon by Mark Driscoll.
**Tongues, interpretation, prophecy, and discernment will be discussed in greater detail in our study of 1 Corinthians 14 in a few weeks.

How to Pray a Prayer of Lament

This Sunday we started at 6-week series on the book of Lamentations. Although every Christian goes through periods of grief or profound sadness, we are pretty unpracticed with the biblical concept of lament. In this series we’re going to see how a four-step process frames the idea of faithful lament. Each of these are necessary to turn raw and powerful emotion into worship of a wonderful God.

TURN to God in prayer. Just by going to God with our grief, we are doing something distinctly Christian. It says that, no matter the sheer weight of emotion we feel, we are going to approach God with our fear or anxiety, not run to something else. When looking at Psalms of lament or Lamentations itself, it might be easy to miss this first step. But typically, just the very act of writing a prayer illustrates the turn to God the author took in the first place. When we turn to God, we are rehearsing an ancient biblical practice of faithfulness even in trials.

COMPLAIN to God about the effects of sin and brokenness. Complaining to God sounds a bit contradictory to what we’re taught about him. Who are we to complain to our sovereign God, the one who sent his Son to die for us? But a complaint is not simply whining about our situation. It is bringing to our Lord and Father something which is causing great distress in our lives. It is to say that we are feeling the effects of sin and our fallen world in a very specific way. Our complaint might be the loss of a job, or a recent medical diagnosis. It could be a family member’s death, or the rejection of Jesus by someone we love. But the common thread of lament is the proclamation to God that something is wrong and broken in our lives, and we need him desperately.

ASK for God to bring healing and wholeness. If God desires children who are bold enough to bring complaints, he surely expects them to ask for him to help them as well. By requesting to God that he heal our pain or cure our sickness, we lay bare the fact that we cannot fix our situation on our own. By asking for God’s help, we are confessing our own weakness. It is a realization that, in our human brokenness, we are utterly dependent upon a God who is capable where we are not.

TRUST that God will fulfill his promise and stay true to his character. As Mark Vroegrop says (and more on him below), if you never get to the trust part, you’ve only been really sad for a certain time. Trust in God means that we believe what God says about himself and what he will do. This is where we as readers in 2020 have a huge advantage, even over the authors of the OT books. When David or Solomon wrote their prayers of lament, they trusted that God would deliver them in some form, a Messiah who would redeem Israel. But over 2,000 years later, we as Christians know exactly how God’s promise was fulfilled. It was in the person of Jesus Christ, sent by God to live and die and rise again. He was (and still is!) the great hope for all of God’s people, and we can say today that we trust in God’s promises and his character because we have already seen it come through in the biggest way- through the Messiah himself.

We wrapped up this week’s sermon with a lament prayer of our own. In it we turned to God because we have nowhere else to God, complained to God about the brokenness felt in our world and in our own lives, asked God to be near from us in our pain, and trusted in the grace we have already experienced through Jesus.

A Prayer of Lament

Oh Lord our God,
To you we cry out,
To you we run,
For where else would we go?

We feel the weight of our broken world,
Through wars, famines, and disasters,
In injustice, hatred, and oppression.
The nations desperately need your deliverance.

We weep at our own brokenness
For the guilt, shame, and pain we feel
Weighed down by sin, held back by fear
We mourn our distance from you.

Be near to us, Oh God
Remember not our sin or failures
Reveal your Kingdom to our hearts and our community
Restore us to an awareness of your presence.

But, we have experienced your grace
And we will experience your restoration
Through your atoning death our sins are forgiven
And in your return we will be made whole.

Finally, a very helpful resource used in preparation for this series was Mark Vroegop’s Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy, published earlier this year. Mark is a pastor in Indianapolis, and he wrote the book after preaching through Lamentations and the lament prayers from Job and Psalms. He also gave a talk at the 2019 TGC National Conference, which is a great audio resource on the topic of lament. In both the book and the podcast, he walks through the concept of Turn, Complain, Ask & Trust, so that we can become more proficient at this ancient and faithful Christian practice.

Resources For Studying 2 Timothy

We desire to be a place where we can gather to encounter the person of Jesus through the transforming study of His Word, and to that end the vast majority of our sermons are verse-by-verse studies through whole books of the Bible. Last Sunday we began a seven week study of the book of 2 Timothy, and in order to glean as much from this amazing book as possible we want to share some additional resources. Our ultimate authority should always be the written Word of God, but secondary literature can help to expand our knowledge and understanding of what was written. This will fuel our love of the Bible when we devote time to comprehend it better. Below is a compiled list of resources about the book of 2 Timothy.

  • As an overview of the book of 2 Timothy, The Bible Project has a great video, you can watch here.
  • Additionally, Nancy Guthrie talks with John Currie about how to teach the book of 2 Timothy in a podcast interview. She also provides additional written resources on 2 Timothy.
  • John Stott wrote an amazing commentary on 2 Timothy and I would highly encourage you to spend some time reading it! You can purchase it here

Let’s all be in prayer for our church that this study would be used by the Holy Spirit to grow our affection for God and His Word, and enable us to better proclaim His truth to our neighbors!

Resources for Studying Malachi

We desire to be a place where we can gather to encounter the person of Jesus through the transforming study of His Word, and to that end the vast majority of our sermons are verse-by-verse studies through whole books of the Bible. On May 19th we will begin a seven week study of the book of Malachi, and in order to glean as much from this amazing book as possible we want to share some additional resources. Our ultimate authority should always be the written Word of God, the Bible, but secondary literature can help to expand our knowledge and understanding of what was written. This will fuel our love of the Bible when we devote time to comprehend it better. Below is a compiled list of secondary literature about the book of Malachi that speaks to this fascinating prophetic book.

  • As an overview of the book of Malachi, The Bible Project has a great video, you can watch here.
  • Additionally, Nancy Guthrie talks with Lee Gatiss about how to teach the book of Malachi in a podcast interview. She also provides additional audio and written resources on Malachi.
  • Peter Adam wrote an amazing commentary on Malachi and I would highly encourage you to spend some time reading it! You can purchase it here.

Let’s all be in prayer for our church that this study would be used by the Holy Spirit to grow our affection for God and His Word, and enable us to better proclaim His truth to our neighbors!

Can I Lose My Salvation?

This past Sunday we discussed the controversial topic of whether or not a Christian can lose their salvation. This topic has been controversial enough in the history of the church that I thought it may be helpful to reiterate some thoughts on the subject here.  First, however, whenever we discuss an issue that godly Christians disagree on it’s always helpful to clarify that, while important, our answer to this question does not determine our standing before God.  Even if someone thinks we can walk away from our salvation (something I disagree with), we should still agree that that salvation comes from faith in the atoning work of Jesus and resting in His grace, not earning His favor.

However, that summary of the Gospel is a good place to start this discussion.  The precise reason why I have a problem with the idea of a Christian apostatizing (losing their salvation) is because it places the emphasis on the wrong person. Even asking what can I do to lose my salvation shows a poor understanding of the Gospel’s message that we are saved based on what Jesus has done for us. If salvation were based off of us doing enough good things to earn God’s love then certainly we could do enough bad things to lose His love. Or to give a more nuanced explanation, if salvation were based off of me choosing Jesus, certainly I could also choose apostasy as well.  As the verses below should clarify, though, the beauty of the Gospel is seen in that while we were still sinners Jesus died for us (Romans 5:8), or even more poignantly, while we were dead in our sins God chose us for salvation (Ephesians 1:4, 2:5).

As we saw on Sunday, the passage of Hebrews that is often used to argue that Christians can lose their salvation in fact teaches nothing of the kind (Hebrews 5:11-6:12).  Rather, it warns us that being a part of a local church or claiming a religious affiliation does not mean we have submitted ourselves to the lordship of Jesus.  A discussion of eternal security (the doctrine that states true Christians will not apostatize) should not bring apathy or passivity with our faith, rather it should cause us to ask ourselves if we have truly submitted our lives to Jesus or are we merely playing with religion?  If we have truly been transformed by the Gospel and have put our faith in Jesus then we should not fret or be anxious about losing our salvation, but instead rest in the loving grip of our Savior.

So, I’d encourage you to spend some time reflecting on these passages of Scripture. Not as “proof-texts” to align with a theological agenda, but as affirmations that our confidence in salvation rests not in our ability to persevere, but in God’s promise to preserve His children.

Jn. 6:37-40,
All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day (Is Jesus prone to losing things? Absolutely not! So rest in His grip).

Jn. 10:27-29,
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. (No one can cause us to lose our salvation, and “no one” includes you, is your will stronger than God’s grip?)

Jn 17:24,
Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world (Hebrews has shown us Jesus, as our priest, is interceding in heaven on our behalf. Will our High Priest’s prayer go unanswered?).

Rom. 8:29-31,
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us (The same number chosen by God will also reach the end state of glorification, so we should rest in His favor)?

Rom 8:38-39,
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (If nothing can separate us from His love nothing can separate us from His salvation).

Phil 1:6,
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Does God quit before the job is done? If He saved you He will continue to work in you).

2 Thess. 3:3,
But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one (Did He let His guard down and let Satan slip in with out Jesus noticing? Of course not!).

Heb. 13:5b,
for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you (Did God change His mind?).

1 Pet 1:3-5,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (God is protecting your salvation in heaven, surely He will sustain our salvation here on earth).

1 Jn. 2:19,
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us (When someone does walk away from the church it is a sign that they were never truly a Christian, not that they lost their salvation).

Jude 21, 24-25,
Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life…Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen (His worthiness of praise is tied to His ability to protect us in salvation, if we can lose salvation He isn’t worthy of praise).

Sola Scriptura: Definitions and Bible References

Last week we kicked off our study on the doctrines of the Reformation with the topic of Sola Scriptura, or Scripture Alone. We saw that as humans we all appeal to an ultimate authority for our understanding of what truth is, therefore our task is to make sure we are appealing to the correct authority! Some of the different authorities Christians submit to include:

  • Institutional Authority: Those in power have the ability to define truth.
  • Individual Autonomy: No one except the individual has the ability to define truth.
  • Hopeless Agnosticism: Truth may indeed exist, but we have no way of knowing for sure what it is.

The Roman Catholic Church has historically appealed to their institutional authority as the ultimate arbiter of truth, while modern evangelicals have often wrongly interpreted Sola Scriptura to be a license for individual autonomy (Often seen with the refrain, “Me and my Bible is all I need.”), totally void of any reliance on tradition or the historic Christian creeds. These differing approaches have left such a wide chasm that many in our day are now feeling the pull of hopeless agnosticism.

Contrary to these three approaches is the Reformation principle of Sola Scriptura, which can be defined the belief that:

The Bible alone is our authority (not Institutional Authority), we study it in the context of community and historic orthodoxy (not Individual Autonomy) where we find truth (not Hopeless Agnosticism).

Out of this doctrine four principles regarding Scripture can further be affirmed, leading us to say, Scripture is:

  • Authoritative: It carries God’s authority and accomplishes His will.
    • Isaiah 55:10-11, Nehemiah 8:1-9, Acts 17:11.
  • Clear: The truths God has chosen to reveal can be understood through reading the Bible honestly.
    • Deuteronomy 29:29, Luke 16:29-31.
  • Sufficient: The Bible reveals all we need to know in order to follow and obey, particularly when understood correctly within the Church community.
    • 2 Peter 1:3, 1 Timothy 3:15, 2 Peter 3:16-17.
  • Necessary: No other writings reveal the Word of Life.
    • 2 Timothy 4:3, Isaiah 55:8-9, John 6:68, Psalm 119, Romans 10:13-15.

One of the great treasures of the Protestant Reformation was its emphasis on Scripture and the fact that it led to the translation and propagation of the Word of God into many different languages. With this being the case, may we be a people who study God’s Word, look to it as our authority, and share the Good News it communicates with all those we meet!

Women of the Word: Fall Bible Study

Ladies, please join us at one of our five Women of the Word home groups this fall as we dive into a study of Psalm 107 together. We will be using Lauren Chandler’s Steadfast Love curriculum to guide our 8 weeks. The studies will run from September 6th-October 28th. The semester cost is $25 and checks can be made out to missio Dei: Falcon, memo: Women of the Word.

To sign up for one of the groups click here.

Don’t forget to stop by our table on Sunday, August 27th, and September 3rd where you can pick up your book, register, pay, and just hang out with some amazing women! We look forward to a transforming journeying together!!!



Leader: Louise Bettelli

Co-Leader: Julie Cucco

Location: Falcon

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Leader: Kellie Schultz

Co-Leader: Jessica Renaud

Location: Falcon

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Leader: Cathy Ziel

Co-Leaders: Jenessa Davis and Debi Newton

Location: Colorado Springs/Cottonwood Creek

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Leader: Angie Swanson

Co-Leaders: Katy Marshall and Mekenzie Thompson

Location: Colorado Springs/Cordera

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Leader: Hannah Wiggers

Co-Leader: Karen Henderson

Location: Monument

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Bible Study Tools

This morning in church we kicked off our summer teaching series, focusing on “why we do what we do” as Christians. This first sermon was on the Bible and why it is important for us to affirm that Scripture “is God’s Word, it is true, and it is given out of His love.”

Throughout this series we hope to engage the practice we talk about on Sunday morning throughout the week. So, this first week we are encouraging everyone to spend some time each morning and evening studying a portion of Psalm 119. Here are some resources to that end:

  • If you missed the message this morning you can listen to it here.
  • A copy of the Bible study methods handout can be dowloaded here.
  • And a daily reading plan for Psalm 119 can be dowloaded here.

Please pray that this intentional focus on God’s Word would be a fruitful exercise for our church.