Thank you for all of the great feedback we have been getting on our Scripture Writing Plans (SWP) since we started in December of 2015.
We are almost complete with Romans in 30 Days SWP and it has been wonderful digging into the Book of Romans with you guys.
I recently had someone ask me why we don't make our plans with devotionals. Well, my answer is this. Seeing as we already have daily devotionals with challenge questions I didn't see the reason to. The main reason was that there are enough websites and blogs out there that have Bible studies that include devotionals. Often times, however, it can make it difficult to interpret Scripture correctly when we are reading a devotional based off of someone's feelings or personal interpretation. The plans are created to do one thing. To get you reading God's Word and allow God to reveal His truth to you through His Word and not the words of man.
This month the topic is Abiding in Christ and I want to leave you with this great explanation by John MacArthur about what "abiding" in Christ truly looks like.
Jesus defined "Abiding in Christ" when He likened Himself to a grapevine and believers to its branches: "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me" (John 15:4). That picture illustrates the vital union existing between Christians and Jesus Christ.
The word "abide" basically means "to remain." Every Christian remains inseparably linked to Christ in all areas of life. We depend on Him for grace and power to obey. We look obediently to His Word for instruction on how to live. We offer Him our deepest adoration and praise and we submit ourselves to His authority over our lives. In short, Christians gratefully know Jesus Christ is the source and sustainer of their lives.
Abiding in Christ evidences genuine salvation. The Apostle John alluded to that when he referred to defected professors who "went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us" (1 John 2:19).
People with genuine faith will remain--they won't defect; they won't deny Christ or abandon His truth. Jesus reiterated the importance of abiding as a sign of real faith when He said, "If you abide in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine" (John 8:31).
This month we also introduce a modified version of the SWP for the women-on-the-go! Below are the plans for May and a printable version for you. Be sure to let us know that you are joining us by using the hashtag #wholemagazine on social media.