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The Workman Project

Created as a topical Bible Study structure with short themed studies from the New Testament. Two 'levels' are provided to assist individuals to meet their Bible study goals. The first is the basic reading plan entitled 'Workman' and the second, 'Workman Plus' goes a little more indepth by providing additional Scripture passages as supplement to the Workman study. We welcome you in joining us as we progress together through this study.

Our Church app provides the most convenient structure for this study as well as other benefits. Get our Church app 'UCCC Connections' HERE.

Here is how to use the UCCC Connections app with the study: First, download the app at the link provided above. Second, open the app and look for the 'Workman' or 'Workman Plus' tabs at the bottom of the app. By opening the tab you are provided the option of reading the daily passages or, selecting the audio option to have the passages read aloud for you. (There is even an option to download the audio passage files for use later.) For additional resources, the 'Sermons' tab provides audio & video recordings of sermons from Union City which address the themed topic. Also, by opening the 'More' tab, and navigating to Chip's blog, additional study reflection articles and study questions are provided when appropriate.

If you choose not to employ the UCCC Connections app, you have the option of following the study listed on this page, on our Facebook page HERE or by contacting the Church office for a copy of the study by email or in print for you to pick up at your convenience.

2017 Workman Project Themed Studies

The Workman Project Bible Reading Schedule
Oct 15-21

Workman Reading
Sunday: Romans 8:31, 2 Corinthians 2:10-17
Monday: Romans 8:31, 2 Corinthians 4:1-6, Hebrews 2:9-18
Tuesday: Romans 8:31, 2 Corinthians 4:7-14, 1 John 2:1-6
Wednesday: Romans 8:31, 2 Corinthians 4:15-18, 1 John 2:7-14
Thursday: Romans 8:31, 1 Peter 5:8-11, 1 John 2:15-19
Friday: Romans 8:31, 2 Corinthians 11:1-15, 1 John 2:20-24
Saturday: Romans 8:31, Revelation 12:1-9

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: Romans 8:26-39
Monday: Romans 11:1-15
Tuesday: Romans 11:16-36
Wednesday: Job 1:1-12
Thursday: Job 1:13-22
Friday: Job 2:1-13
Saturday: Revelation 12:7-17

Workman Reflection
Sunday: Paul refers to Christians as a 'fragrance of Christ' before God. In what way does Paul mean this and how does this impact our perception of our standing before God?

Monday: Satan is referred to as the 'god of this world' by Paul in 2 Cor. 4. Our world is broken and damaged by sin so in what ways does Satan blind the minds of the unbelieving in our culture today?

Tuesday: John gives us a means by which we can see if we are a follower of Christ. According to 1 John 2:6, what indicates our faith?

Wednesday: Spiritual blindness is a serious condition which John addresses in 1 John 2:7-14. What are some of the causes of spiritual blindness a Christian should avoid?

Thursday: Peter describes Satan like a lion, seeking to devour someone. What precaution does Peter advise in avoiding Satan's schemes?

Friday: Apostle Paul refers to Satan as a serpent in 2 Cor. 11 and he speaks of how a Christian can avoid Satan's deception. What is 'simplicity and purity in devotion' which Paul mentions?

Saturday: John writes of Satan in Revelation 12 as a dragon seeking to devour Christ. Clearly, Satan is powerful, deceptive and aggressive in his pursuit of those who follow Christ.

The Workman Project Bible Reading Schedule
Oct 8-14

Workman Reading
Sunday: Romans 8:1, John 1:6-13
Monday: Romans 8:1, Ephesians 1:1-6, Colossians 2:6-12
Tuesday: Romans 8:1, Ephesians 1:7-12, Colossians 2:13-17
Wednesday: Romans 8:1, Ephesians 1:13-17, Colossians 2:18-23
Thursday: Romans 8:1, Ephesians 1:18-23, Colossians 3:1-3
Friday: Romans 8:1, Ephesians 2:1-7, Colossians 3:4-11
Saturday: Romans 8:1, Ephesians 2:8-13, Colossians 3:12-17

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: Romans 8:1-10
Monday: Romans 8:11-25
Tuesday: Ephesians 2:14-22
Wednesday: Romans 6:1-11
Thursday: 1 Corinthians 12:1-14
Friday: 1 Corinthians 12:15-31
Saturday: Galatians 3:27-29

Workman Reflection
Sunday: Christians have been released from the bonds of sin... guilt, shame, unrighteousness... and are now free in Christ. In what manner does our freedom show the Gospel to others?

Monday: While unbelievers we were condemned, however, Paul says there now exists no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Remember, only in Christ are we lifted from condemnation!

Tuesday: Paul addresses the error of walking 'in the flesh' rather than 'in the Spirit'. What does he mean by walking in the flesh? How can we be assured we are walking in the Spirit?

Wednesday: By cautioning Christians not to set their minds on the flesh, Paul shows us it is possible to be a believer and then abandon or 'fall away' from faith. How does his warning impact my walk of faith?

Thursday: A new life is afforded for those who are identified with Christ. Habits from the 'old life' can still impact our faith. Is my faith & 'new life' evident to others by how I live each day?

Friday: God's grace removes any possibility for us to boast in ourselves. Grace is a gift we do not earn or deserve, one which is from God in response to our faith in Christ.

Saturday: The occasion of our being identified in Christ and receiving a 'new life'... literally the moment we become a recipient of God's gift of grace is when according to Paul in Galations 3:27-29?

The Workman Project Bible Reading Schedule
Oct 1-7

Workman Reading
Sunday: Matthew 6:25-28
Monday: Matthew 6:29-34
Tuesday: Proverbs 3:5-6
Wednesday: Romans 8:38-39
Thursday: Philippians 4:6-7
Friday: Matthew 11:28-30
Saturday: 1 Peter 5:6-8

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: Luke 12:24-34
Monday: Psalm 55:1-23
Tuesday: Psalm 23:1-6
Wednesday: Hebrews 13:1-25
Thursday: Psalm 56:1-13
Friday: Psalm 9:1-20
Saturday: Matthew 6:25-34

Workman Reflection
Sunday: What are the things or people that you care about most in this world? What would you be willing to do for them?

Monday: God cares for us the most out of all of his creations. He provides for every living thing on earth, and he loves us more than everything else!

Tuesday: Jesus says in Matthew that we as Christians should not be anxious about the things of this world. Does that mean that we should not plan for the future? Why or why not?

Wednesday: According to Paul, what in this life is able to separate us from the love of God? How greatly God must value us!

Thursday: What are the things that you worry about the most in your life? Money? Happiness? Safety of your family? There is a certain amount of healthy worry, but being anxious is something else entirely. What are you truly anxious about?

Friday: When we are anxious we are sending a message to God that we do not trust in Him to provide for us.

Saturday: When we worry, what good does it really do? How much does it help us? The Greek in Matthew 6 says "Who can add one cubit to their stature by worrying?" What do we gain by being anxious?

The Workman Project Bible Reading Schedule
Sept 24-30

Workman Reading
Sunday: Philippians 4:19, Romans 2:1-4
Monday: Philippians 4:19, Matthew 6:1-15, Job 38:1-11
Tuesday: Philippians 4:19, Matthew 6:16-24, Job 38:12-18
Wednesday: Philippians 4:19, Matthew 6:25-34, Job 38:19-30
Thursday: Philippians 4:19, Mark 10:24-31, Job 38:31-41
Friday: Philippians 4:19, Hebrews 13:1-6, 1 John 3:16-24
Saturday: Philippians 4:19, Matthew 11:25-30

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: Philippians 4:1-9
Monday: Philippians 4:10-23
Tuesday: Romans 8:26-39
Wednesday: James 4:1-10
Thursday: 1 Peter 5:1-11
Friday: 2 Peter 1:1-9
Saturday: Luke 12:13-34

Workman Reflection
Sunday: Jesus addressed the hypocrisy of the Jewish leaders which, likely, met with approval among most people. However, when He addressed the general lack of faith of the people and compared them to Gentiles it may not have been as well received. Do we exhibit trust in God's provision as did the hypocrite, Gentile or the faithful believer?

Monday: God spoke to Job about his lack of faith, which stemmed from a sense of self preservation & self reliance. Ultimately, Job recognized God's power. Perhaps we can relate to Job in times of distress as well as recognizing God's faithfulness today.

Tuesday: Paul reminds us of God's provision in his letter to the Philippians. What type of prayers do we most often pray? Are we daily exhibiting genuine thankfulness for God's provision? How can we exhibit such an attitude of gratefulness?

Wednesday: Affliction is not an indication of God failing us, in fact, at times God's provision is more evident in such circumstances. How can difficulty highlight the provision of God?

Thursday: Earthly treasure is often a great challenge to keep in perspective. Christians must be cautious not to equate wealth alone with God's provision. In what other ways can God provide for us?

Friday: The writer of Hebrews in chapter 13, vs. 9 contrasts food (physical) against grace (spiritual) by saying food will not benefit. What does this mean? How is this important for Christians today?

Saturday: To be weary and heavy laden is something many understand... remember the promise of comfort, strength and rest which Jesus provides in the midst of such overwhelming life circumstances.

The Workman Project Bible Reading Schedule
Sept 17-23

Workman Reading
Sunday: Philippians 1:6, Philippians 1:1-11
Monday: Philippians 1:6, Hebrews 12:1–3, 2 Corinthians 5:1–5
Tuesday: Philippians 1:6, Acts 3:11–16, 2 Corinthians 5:6–10
Wednesday: Philippians 1:6, Ephesians 1:7–14, 2 Corinthians 5:11–16
Thursday: Philippians 1:6, Romans 6:1–4, 2 Corinthians 5:17–21
Friday: Philippians 1:6, Romans 6:20–23, Galatians 6:9–10
Saturday: Philippians 1:6, Ephesians 2:1–7

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: Romans 2:17–29
Monday: Hebrews 2:9–18
Tuesday: Acts 5:17–32
Wednesday: Romans 6:1–23
Thursday: Galatians 6:7–16
Friday: Ephesians 2:1–22
Saturday: Colossians 2:8–14

Workman Reflection
Sunday: Christians have hope in Christ of a redemption upon His final, glorious appearing. (the 'day of The Lord') Meanwhile, as Paul says, we are a work in progress relying upon His grace.

Monday: Our bodies are described as an earthly tent and we understand our physical life is temporal. However, we will be 'clothed with our dwelling from heaven' at a future point. To what is Paul referring?

Tuesday: Paul encourages us to walk by faith while here in the body, and to be pleasing to The Lord. How can we be assured our life is pleasing to The Lord?

Wednesday: In light of the grace shown believers, we are compelled to share the hope of Christ with others. To 'persuade men' is our goal... how is my life of faith cooperating with this goal?

Thursday: New life in Christ is one of the most wonderful benefits for Christians. Do others recognize the newness of my life in Christ?

Friday: In Galatians 6, Paul urges us not to lose heart or become weary in doing good. In a broken world where evil seems to be rewarded, it is important to remember the impact our witness makes upon others.

Saturday: In grace we are made alive in Christ, raised up and seated with Him! Never take for granted the grace God has extended to you, always remembering you were once dead in transgression.

The Workman Project Bible Reading Schedule
Sept 10-16

Workman Reading
Sunday: Genesis 17:3-6, Genesis 17:1-8
Monday: Genesis 17:3-6, Genesis 17:9-18
Tuesday: Genesis 17:3-6, Genesis 17:19-27, Genesis 25:7-11
Wednesday: Genesis 17:3-6, 1 Peter 1:3-12
Thursday: Genesis 17:3-6, Hebrews 11:1-10
Friday: Genesis 17:3-6, Hebrews: 11:11-22
Saturday: Genesis 17:3-6, Hebrews 11:23-39

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: Romans 4:1-12
Monday: Romans 4:13-25
Tuesday: Galatians 3:15-29
Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 11:16-33
Thursday: Genesis 6:9-22
Friday: Genesis 41:1-57
Saturday: Joshua 2:1-24

Workman Reflection
Sunday: God gives Abraham a command. If Abraham obeys, then God will make a covenant with him. Action and obedience was required on Abraham’s part before a promise was ever made. He believed and obeyed before the promise was presented. What a blessing it is for us to have the promise laid out for us in the Word.

Monday: God had something amazing planned for Abraham, but Abraham could not see past his own circumstances to see God’s amazing plan. Do we focus so much on what we want or what makes sense to us that we miss what God has planed for us?

Tuesday: Abraham’s life was changed at 99 years old. God is never done using us for His Kingdom. Do not let your age, young or old, hold you back from the plans that God has for you.

Wednesday: Peter seems to rejoice in the suffering of the Church for it proves it’s character. The Church is pruned through suffering and comes out stronger on the other side.

Thursday: The ancients had faith in something that could not see. The writer of Hebrews makes the claim that we are not like them for we have the Word and have proof of the Kingdom. We often do not view God in this way do we?

Friday: God made a promise to Abraham. Abraham did not live to see this promise fulfilled in its fullest. How is this like the promise that we have received in Jesus?

Saturday: In Hebrews 11 we see the lineage of the faith as it comes from Abraham. We see generations of people who devoted their lives to the Kingdom. We should long to leave a lineage that lasts this long. What are we doing today to ensure that we do?

The Workman Project Bible Reading Schedule
Sept 3-9

Workman Reading
Sunday: 2 Corinthians 1:3–4, 2 Corinthians 1:1-11
Monday: 2 Corinthians 1:3–4, 1 Thessalonians 2:1–12, Romans 15:1–6
Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 1:3–4, 1 Thessalonians 2:13–20, Romans 15:7–13
Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 1:3–4, Ephesians 4:1–6, Romans 8:26–28
Thursday: 2 Corinthians 1:3–4, Ephesians 4:7–16, John 16:23–33
Friday: 2 Corinthians 1:3–4, Philemon 4–9, 1 Peter 5:1–7
Saturday: 2 Corinthians 1:3–4, Matthew 11:25–30

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: 2 Corinthians 7:1-16
Monday: John 14:16-31
Tuesday: 1 Thessalonians 3:1–13
Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 4:1–18
Thursday: Romans 12:1–21
Friday: 1 Thessalonians 4:13–5:11
Saturday: 2 Corinthians 12:7–10

The Workman Project Bible Reading Schedule
Aug 27- Sept 2

Workman Reading
Sunday: Romans 1:16, Romans 3:21-31
Monday: Romans 1:16, Romans 9:18-31, Titus 1:1-4
Tuesday: Romans 1:16, Philippians 2:1-18, 1 Timothy 6:1-8
Wednesday: Romans 1:16, Philippians 3:1-11, 1 Timothy 6:6-16
Thursday: Romans 1:16, Philippians 3:12-21, 2 Corinthians 9:10-15
Friday: Romans 1:16, Ephesians 5:1-13, Hebrews 4:14-16
Saturday: Romans 1:16, Romans 15:1-13

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: Hebrews 3:1-11
Monday: Romans 1:1-17
Tuesday: Romans 4:1-25
Wednesday: Hebrews 4:1-16
Thursday: Romans 15:1-33
Friday: Colossians 1:13-29
Saturday: 2 Corinthians 5:1-21

Workman Plus Reflection
Sunday: The High Priesthood of Jesus provides confidence for believers today. Jesus understands our circumstance, availed Himself to the same temptations we endure and walks with us today in times of challenge. He is a trustworthy priest.

Monday: Righteousness is proclaimed throughout the Scripture. New Testament writers invested great effort in teaching righteousness as found only in Christ. Forgiveness, redemption & righteousness is promised as an action of God in response to obedient faith in Christ.

Tuesday: Paul tells us in Philippians 2 of Christ being recognized & exalted by all creation, even those who are not connected to His righteousness. Jesus’ righteousness is flawless and His promise of forgiveness is assured based upon His righteousness.

Wednesday: In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he says ‘godliness is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.’ To what does Paul refer when he mentions godliness? How does a believer grow in godliness?

Thursday: To what does Paul ‘press on’ to lay hold of in Christ? In response to our obedient faith, God promises forgiveness in Christ to the believer... what other promises has God made to the believer?

Friday: Deeds of darkness are expose in light according to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. In what manner does light expose darkness? How does the light of Christian faith expose darkness in our daily life?

Saturday: Romans 15:13 speaks of Paul’s desire for God to empower believers with joy, peace and hope in their belief. How does belief in Christ provide Christians with joy, peace & hope?

The Workman Project Bible Reading Schedule
Aug 20-26
Workman Reading
Sunday: Galatians 5:13, Galatians 5:1-13, Ephesians 5:1-12
Monday: Galatians 5:13, Galatians 5:14-26, Ephesians 5:13-21
Tuesday: Galatians 5:13, Colossians 3:1-17, Hebrews 6:1-8
Wednesday: Galatians 5:13, Romans 15:1-16, 2 Corinthians 13:1-14
Thursday: Galatians 5:13, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Philippians 4:1-9
Friday: Galatians 5:13, Acts 15:1-12, Philippians 4:10-13
Saturday: Galatians 5:13, Acts 15:13-35

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: 1 Corinthians 9:1-27
Monday: Romans 8:26-39
Tuesday: Romans 14:1-23
Wednesday: Ephesians 3:1-21
Thursday: 2 Corinthians 9:1-15
Friday: 1 Timothy 6:1-21
Saturday: Hebrews 13:1-19

Reflection for August 20-26
Sunday: In 1 Corinthians 9:11-12, Paul highlights his motivation for not exercising certain liberties to which he is entitled as an Apostle... Specifically, what does Paul cite as his motivation? How can the exercise of certain liberties negatively impact the Gospel?

Monday: Paul identifies a number of life difficulties in Romans 8 which crush many people, yet, he offers encouragement for the believer amid these same circumstances. How can difficulty in life assist us in our witness for Christ?

Tuesday: Christians must never be caught in the deadly trap of judging another believer based upon our own convictions or opinions. Rather, Paul reminds us in Romans 14 each servant will be judged by his master.

Wednesday: Paul commends believers to examine ourselves to determine if we are ‘in the faith’. In what manner do we examine ourselves? What standard must a believer employ in spiritual self examination?

Thursday: A passage often referenced as the ‘Whatever’ passage (Philippians 4), Paul reminds us of those things which are of noble pursuit for the believer. How are these displayed in my life of faith & daily interaction with others?

Friday: Paul addresses humble conditions in Philippians 4:10ff. Here we see ‘prosperity’ is not a sign of spiritual maturity, and, in fact, our circumstances can assist us in promoting Christ. In what manner does contentment impact our witness for Christ?

Saturday: The ‘Council’ meeting of elders & Apostles in Acts 15 is a very significant event. Addressing the liberties and restrictions to be placed upon Gentile believers, James provides a clear message. Note the focus of James’ concern. How does this focus come into

practical application for believers today?

The Workman Project Bible Reading Schedule
Aug 13-19

Sunday: 1 Corinthians 6:12, Genesis 3:17-24
Monday: 1 Corinthians 6:12, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, 1 Corinthians 10:1-14
Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 6:12, 1 Corinthians 10:15-26, Acts 15:1-12
Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 6:12, 1 Corinthians 10:27-33, Acts 15:13-35
Thursday: 1 Corinthians 6:12, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Acts 24:1-11
Friday: 1 Corinthians 6:12, Philippians 2:19-30, Acts 24:12-27
Saturday: 1 Corinthians 6:12, Romans 15:1-6, Acts 23:1-11

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: Romans 8:1-25
Monday: 1 Corinthians 9:1-27
Tuesday: Romans 14:1-12
Wednesday: Romans 14:13-23
Thursday: Galatians 2:1-10
Friday: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
Saturday: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Reflection for August 13-19
Sunday: Paul weighs out the difference between something which is allowed and something which is beneficial by placing greater value on that which is beneficial. How can a Christian determine what is truly beneficial?

Monday: In 1 Corinthians 6 we are reminded the body is the temple of The Holy Spirit. In what manner can we become more receptive to The Spirit's leading? How does my behavior impact the temple?

Tuesday: Paul urges Christians in 1 Corinthians 10 to seek the benefit of others. In the exercise of Christian Liberty, how can my behavior benefit others?

Wednesday: For early Christians living in pagan cultures, the issue of foods sacrificed to idols in false worship was a matter of conscience. What cultural practices in our time could be compared to this and how should we respond?

Thursday: Paul's testimony in Acts 24 included his goal of maintaining a clear conscience before God and man. How could Christian liberty impact our conscience?

Friday: Christians living in peace with one another is necessary for success among those outside the body of Christ. What are some way Paul describes as necessary to living in peace with other believers?

Saturday: The 'Love Chapter' of 1 Corinthians 13 provides a list of qualities which are displayed in genuine love. Take some time to reflect on the way these traits are shown in your walk of faith. How can they be strengthened?

The Workman Project Bible Reading Schedule
Aug 6-12

Sunday: Romans 6:23, John 8:31-38, Romans 5:6-14
Monday: Romans 6:23, Romans 6:1-11, 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
Tuesday: Romans 6:23, Romans 6:12-23, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Wednesday: Romans 6:23, Romans 7:1-13, 1 Corinthians 10:14-33
Thursday: Romans 6:23, Genesis 3:1-7, 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Friday: Romans 6:23, Genesis 3:8-16, Galatians 3:15-29
Saturday: Romans 6:23, Genesis 3:17-24

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: Romans 7:1-13
Monday: Galatians 2:1-21
Tuesday: Colossians 2:1-23
Wednesday: Colossians 3:1-25
Thursday: 1 Peter 2:1-12
Friday: Romans 7:1-25
Saturday: Romans 8:1-25

Reflection for Aug 6-12
Sunday: In what manner does sin enslave us? When Paul speaks of Justification, he intends the reader to understand how a believer’s legal status of guilt has been changed by Christ. How could guilt further enslave a believer?

Monday: Paul refers the spiritual status of believers as being ‘dead to sin’ but ‘alive to God in Christ Jesus’. Is it possible to be ‘dead to sin’ and still have temptation in our life? What does being alive in Christ Jesus mean?

Tuesday: Baptism unites us in death with Christ, and identifies us with His resurrection in a spiritual manner. According to Paul in Romans 7, our being united in Christ is intended to provide what result in our daily life?

Wednesday: Christian Liberty empowers a Christian but must not be abused. In what ways did the early Christians wrestle with keeping their liberty in check? How could our liberty aide or impede our witness today?

Thursday: Selfishness is never to be tolerated among Christians. How can living for others benefit the Gospel and how can selfishness restrict the success of the Gospel?

Friday: A benefit for believers today is in the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham. In what manner are Christians the fulfillment of this promise?

Saturday: Sin impacted the world, forever changing our standing before God and bearing guilt upon mankind. In Christ our guilt is removed and believers are no longer enslaved to sin.

The Workman Project Bible Reading Schedule
July 30 - Aug 5

Sunday: Hebrews 4:12, 1 Corinthians 7:21-24
Monday: Galatians 5:1, Galatians 5:1-15, 1 Timothy 6:1-10
Tuesday: Galatians 5:1, Galatians 5:16-26, Titus 2:9-15
Wednesday: Galatians 5:1, Ephesians 6:1-9, Colossians 3:1-11
Thursday: Galatians 5:1, Colossians 3:22-25, 1 Corinthians 7:21-243
Friday: Galatians 5:1, 1 Peter 2:13-20, 1 Corinthians 12:12-1
Saturday: Galatians 5:1, 1 Peter 2:21-25

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: Acts 13:1-12
Monday: Acts 13:13-25
Tuesday: Acts 13:26-43
Wednesday: Acts 13:44-52
Thursday: Acts 14:1-7
Friday: Acts 14:8-18
Saturday: Acts 14:19-28

Reflection for July 30 - Aug 5
Sunday: Paul uses the term 'slave' about 30 times in his writing. Modern understanding of the term employees a negative connotation, which is not what is intended. Rather, Paul encourages all believers to willingly submit themselves to Christ.

Monday: In what manner should a believer's relationship with Christ be compared to a slave & a master? How can a slave/master relationship be considered positive?

Tuesday: In Titus 2, Paul urges the best behavior from slaves toward their masters. Why is it important for a Christian slave to show loyalty to a slave master? How can such loyalty make a difference? How could disloyalty impare the Gospel?

Wednesday: In Ephesians 6, Paul commends believers to carry through with what they claim to believe. In other words, actions are more powerful that mere words. Does my everyday behavior reveal the Lordship of Jesus to others?

Thursday: Sincerity is an admirable trait. Paul urges believers to sincerely obey their masters, rather than simply going through the motions. How can we develop sincerity in our walk of faith?

Friday: Peter commands Christians to submit to secular authority, which can be difficult. What outcome does this hope to achieve? Can disobedience achieve the same outcome?

Saturday: Peter uses the illustration of sheep & a Shepherd as an example of a believers relationship with Jesus. How does he say we are similar to sheep? In what manner has Jesus establishe Himself as a guardian of our souls?

The Workman Project Bible Reading Schedule
July 2-8

Workman Project Reading
Sunday: Psalm 71:5, Mark 10:17-31
Monday: Psalm 71:5, Matthew 6:25-34, Philippians 4:4-9
Tuesday: Psalm 71:5, 1 Peter 5:1-14, Matthew 5:1-12
Wednesday: Psalm 71:5, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17, Matthew 5:13-20
Thursday: Psalm 71:5, 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18, Matthew 6:1-6
Friday: Psalm 71:5, Hebrews 13:1-14, Matthew 8:18-27
Saturday: Psalm 71:5, Hebrews 13:15-25

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: Ephesians 1:1-14
Monday: Ephesians 1:15-23
Tuesday: Ephesians 3:1-21
Wednesday: James 1:1-11
Thursday: James 1:12-18
Friday: James 1:19-27
Saturday: James 2:14-26

Reflection for July 2-8
Sunday: The motto ‘In God We Trust’ is imprinted on all American currency as a national expression in recognition of God’s blessing. For the Christian, these words bear greater significance as they testify to our confidence in the Living God alone. Is God truly worthy of our trust and confidence?

Monday: Jesus told the crowd on a number of occasions of the sacrifice required to be His follower. Trust operates with faith and often requires sacrifice as we are called to respond in uncertain situations with the certainty God will work through the circumstance. In the events which do not work out as we plan does God simply abandon us or has He ignored our need?

Tuesday: Abraham is often referred to as the ‘father of the faithful’ due to the tremendous trust he displayed in God. Choices arise each day which provide us with opportunity to respond with similar trust, or to follow a course of our own choosing. If asked to identify something in your life which exemplifies trust & confidence in God, how would you respond?

Wednesday: Every day life involves trust... we tend not to think about small things like brakes working on our vehicle when we press the pedal because we may have confidence in the sound mechanical structure of our vehicle. We may take for granted when we press down on the brake our car will slow down. Are there areas in my faith which I take for granted? God is worthy of recognition for His faithfulness, even in the smallest of areas in our life.

Thursday: Each of the disciples displayed trust in Christ in a variety of ways as recorded in the Gospels. It is interesting to note their increased confidence in Christ as the Gospels progress from beginning to end. We expect to bear similar ‘evidence’ of trust in Christ as we mature in our faith. Is my trust in Christ greater today than earlier in my walk of faith? How can I strengthen my trust in Him?

Friday: Building muscle can sometimes be a painful process but it is one which requires continued dedication. In a similar way, we may struggle in our efforts to grow in our confidence in Christ but as we continue we discover God’s faithfulness is evident and our trust increases. Paul speaks of pressing on in our faith and we are challenged to seek God’s leading as we mature & grow in our trust.

Saturday: James addresses a number of practical living topics for Christians. From his writing, is there an area in my life which may demand greater attention and self discipline?

The Workman Project Bible Reading Schedule
June 25 - July 1

Workman Project Reading
Sunday: Psalm 71:1, Matthew 10:1-15, Luke 9:1-11
Monday: Psalm 71:1, Matthew 10:16-23, Mark 6:7-13, Luke 18:1-8
Tuesday: Psalm 71:1, Matthew 10:24-39, Luke 18:9-17, Hebrews 2:1-4
Wednesday: Psalm 71:1, Matthew 10:40-42, Luke 18:18-34, Hebrews 2:5-8
Thursday: Psalm 71:1, Acts 13:44-52, Luke 18:35-43, Hebrews 2:9-18
Friday: Psalm 71:1, Luke 19:1-10, Philippians 1:12-20
Saturday: Psalm 71:1, Luke 19:11-27, Philippians 1:21-30

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: 2 Corinthians 1:1-24
Monday: 2 Corinthians 3:1-18
Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 13:1-14
Wednesday: Psalm 71:1-6
Thursday: Acts 4:1-12
Friday: Acts 4:13-22
Saturday: Acts 4:23-31

Sunday: Hebrews 11 highlights the lives of many who were of great faith. Ultimately, their actions revealed their confidence & trust in God. As a disciple of Jesus, in what manner do I reveal my confidence & faith in God?

Monday: In His prayer in the garden, only hours before His death, Jesus thanked His Father for the men who were His disciples. Simple men from various walks of life, levels of education and life experience went on the follow Jesus in way which have forever changed the world. Consider the great sacrifice of these men of faith and the example they provide believers today.

Tuesday: Many religious leaders among the Jewish people of Jesus' day had followers. Some of the disciples of these leaders pursued Christians in a misguided zeal and a number of Christians lost their lives as a result. Sincerity in faith does not equal a reliable or trustworthy faith. Genuine faith compels us to trust in greater ways, especially when we do not see the plan or course or understand God's purpose in the moment.

Wednesday: Paul sacrificed a great amount in order to faithfully follow Christ. As a direct result of Paul's service, a large number of people were exposed to the Gospel and became Christians. Paul, and others like him, were active in mentoring others who were 'young' in faith. How can I work alongside others in order to strengthen & equip them for service?

Thursday: As a result of the sacrifices of Paul, a number of God fearing Jewish people became believers in Jesus. In order to share the Gospel, Paul, and many other early Christians, spoke to people who were hostile to their beliefs about Jesus. Are you willing to go wherever God might best work with the hearts of those available to your efforts as a follower of Jesus? Is there anything you would not do, or any where you would not be willing to go in order to reach others with the Gospel?

Friday: Our trust in God can be shown in many ways. Some early believers did great things which revealed their trust in God, some did 'smaller' things. Pray for The Lord to impress upon you some manner in which you can reveal your trust in Him, and, so doing, show others the value in following Christ.

Saturday: Sometimes, in difficult or discouraging circumstances, it is easy to doubt God. In the midst of hardships it is easy to focus upon the troubling details of our situation and miss what God is doing in the midst of our pain or loss. How can our difficulty reveal God's faithfulness? By God removing all hurt, loss, pain or discouragement from our lives we may actually lose opportunities to minister to others.

The Workman Project Bible Reading Schedule
June 18-24

Workman Project Reading
Sunday: Hebrews 11:1, Acts 5:41, 1 Peter 4:12-19
Monday: Hebrews 11:1, Hebrews 11:1-7, Hebrews 2:9-18
Tuesday: Hebrews 11:1, Hebrews 11:8-12, Genesis 17:1-22
Wednesday: Hebrews 11:1, Hebrews 11:13-16, Genesis 12:1-20
Thursday: Hebrews 11:1, Hebrews 11:17-22, Genesis 22:1-14
Friday: Hebrews 11:1, Hebrews 11:23-29, Exodus 13:17-22
Saturday: Hebrews 11:1, Hebrews 11:30-40, Joshua 6:1-27

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: Hebrews 12:1-3
Monday: Acts 3:11-26
Tuesday: Acts 5:17-32
Wednesday: Acts 5:33-42
Thursday: Acts 6:1-7
Friday: Acts 6:8-15
Saturday: Acts 7:54-60

Reflection for June 18-24
Sunday: Sacrifice has been an expression of honor to God since the very beginning. Mankind has always had a sense of understanding God is worthy of honor, and it requires deliberate hardening of our spiritual senses to ignore this. Since we no longer live under a structure of animal sacrifice, what type of sacrifices are acceptable before God now? In what ways to I express honor to God through sacrifice?

Monday: Hebrews 11 is commonly referred to as a ‘hall of fame’ for those of great faith. Some who are listed may surprise us as they were involved in situation and life decisions which were not the best, however, faith does not look backward. Faith gives attention to the immediate circumstance and looks forward to what lies ahead. Take some time to list some ways in which you are thankful God allows us to look ahead, rather than behind. In what manner does my holding on to the past prevent me from maturing in faith?

Tuesday: Abraham is called the ‘father of faith’ for his great faith in God. Leaving behind his home and people, Abraham journeyed to a foreign land in order to honor God. What positive traits of faith do we see in Abraham’s account? How does the account of Abraham still impact people today?

Wednesday: Sarah was a beautiful woman and Abraham labored with his father-in-law 14 years in order to have Sarah as his wife. Such a wonderful portrait of love and priority is shown in the account of Abraham & Sarah. Abraham was recognized for his faith in this circumstance. In what manner does my priority display my love for God? Passion for God’s purpose can be shown in what ways in my life?

Thursday: Moses had some deep insecurities and doubts about his ability to lead God’s people. From the account of Moses we see God is able to work with our inabilities and insecurities if we continue to honor and obey Him. Have I allowed my own insecurities to become doubt in what God can do through my life? Am I able to help someone else who is struggling with insecurities or doubt?

Friday: Joshua was called to lead the people after Moses and one of the first challenges they faced was the city of Jericho. Because Jericho was greatly fortified and very secure, many facing the challenge would have turned away... but, not Joshua! Is there any challenge in my life which is greater or more powerful than God? Joshua’s action displayed great faith and encouraged the people to obey God. In a similar manner, perhaps I have a circumstance in my life which requires faith and can assist others to follow God’s plan.

Saturday: Many people in the Scripture faced seemingly insurmountable challenges but through their faith & confidence in God they were victorious. No one knows the challenges which await in life. In this manner, we are somewhat like the people of faith mentioned in Scripture. Spiritual determination and commitment to God’s plan, no matter the cost, is what allows God to work in all circumstances!

The Workman Project Bible Reading Schedule
June 11-17

Workman Project Reading
Sunday: Ephesians 5:1-2, Ephesians 5:1-21
Monday: Ephesians 5:1-2, 1 Corinthians 4:1-7, 1 Timothy 4:1-5
Tuesday: Ephesians 5:1-2, 1 Corinthians 4:8-12, 1 Timothy 4:6-16
Wednesday: Ephesians 5:1-2, 1 Corinthians 4:13-21, 1 Timothy 5:1-16
Thursday: Ephesians 5:1-2, Ephesians 4:1-16, Romans 12:1-2
Friday: Ephesians 5:1-2, Ephesians 4:17-32, Romans 12:3-13
Saturday: Ephesians 5:1-2, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Romans 12:14-21

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: Philippians 3:1-11
Monday: Philippians 3:12-21
Tuesday: Ephesians 2:1-10
Wednesday: Ephesians 2:11-22
Thursday: 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13
Friday: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-11
Saturday: Hebrews 13:15-19

Reflection for June 11-17
Sunday: Harmony in any relationship requires reasonable expectations or behavior and clearly understood boundaries... some behaviors are acceptable, while others are not. In the Body of Christ, loving others as with godly love is the basis for harmony. According to Paul in Ephesians 5:1-21, what does godly love look like?

Monday: Hypocrisy is always harmful to relationships. Paul warned young Timothy of the dangers of hypocrisy in 1 Timothy 4. According to Paul, what are some signs of hypocrisy and how should a Christian live in order to avoid becoming a hypocrite in our behavior?

Tuesday: Sometimes we are disappointed by the circumstances of life. Sometimes people disappoint us... perhaps in their response or lack of response to certain circumstances in our life. Christians must show graciousness to one another and avoid placing too much confidence upon another person. Paul identifies Jesus alone as worthy of our hope & confidence. In what manner do we show our faith in Christ during difficult or disappointing circumstances? How can our behavior in these circumstances provide testimony of our faith?

Wednesday: In the early days of the Church there were some who would take advantage of the graciousness of Christians by not doing their part. The Holy Spirit inspired Paul and the other New Testament writers to establish a structure for identifying those with legitimate need, and the most effective way to meet those needs. What can we learn from 1 Corinthians 5:1-16 and how does the basis from this model be applied to other groups of people with needs?

Thursday: Paul places great focus in Romans 12:1-2 upon being a ‘living sacrifice’ to God. Exactly what does Paul mean by this? How can a Christian be a living sacrifice which honors God? In what ways do I show this in my daily life?

Friday: In Romans 12:3-13, Paul provides a lengthy description of a Christian living a ‘transformed life’. Numerous identifying traits are provided in this passage... what are some of the traits we should display? How can I strengthen my walk of faith by developing these Christian traits? How can I help another believer to grow in these ways as well?

Saturday: Adversity, especially when it is deliberate or malicious, is challenging to our faith. At times it is easy to fall prey to responses which do not honor Christ. How should a Christian respond in adversity? In what manner does our response, especially to those who are our enemy, show our faith?

Healthy Boundaries (June 4-10)

Workman Project Reading
Sunday: Matthew 18:20, Matthew 18:12-20
Monday: Matthew 18:20, Galatians 4:1-7, Romans 8:1-8
Tuesday: Matthew 18:20, Galatians 4:8-10, Romans 8:9-17
Wednesday: Matthew 18:20, Philippians 2:1-11, John 10:1-21
Thursday: Matthew 18:20, Philippians 2:12-18, John 10:22-42
Friday: Matthew 18:20, John 15:1-12, Titus 3:1-11
Saturday: Matthew 18:20, John 15:13-35

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: Luke 16:1-13
Monday: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-28
Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 5:1-13
Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 13:1-14
Thursday: 1 Timothy 1:1-20
Friday: 1 Timothy 3:1-14
Saturday: 1 Timothy 5:1-16

Reflection for June 4-10
Sunday: God has established a model structure for the family, from which He modeled the Church. Within this model, as with any healthy relationship, there are expectations of behavior intended to provide mutual benefit. In what manner does my behavior bear a positive impression for Christ upon others?

Monday: Jesus revealed His authority in His teaching and through miraculous signs. Miracles affirmed to others the claims Jesus made and each miracle also provided benefit to someone else. Believers benefit from Jesus’ authority today when we preserve & respect the Scriptural model of the family. What are some of the benefits of this model?

Tuesday: A good shepherd provides, protects and even disciplines the ‘sheep’ under his care. As we know, every person has the freedom to make their own choices, however, no-one has freedom from the consequences of their choices. How does God’s model for the family provide protection for believers and in what manner does it discipline?

Wednesday: Paul cautioned the Corinthian Christians to be self-controlled and cautious in their life choices. The culture of 1st Century Corinth was very similar to that of modern America. From Paul’s instructions to the Corinthians, of what practices should Christians today be cautious?

Thursday: Discipline has been, largely, deemed as a negative thing by modern culture. However, discipline handled according to God’s principle should be viewed as positive. One positive aspect of the Scriptural model is the network of accountability which is created among believers. Am I open to and participating in spiritual accountability as described in Scripture? How can I develop or nurture accountability within my personal relationships?

Friday: Elders are also called shepherds, overseers, bishops, and pastors in the Bible. In what ways are elders/pastors similar to shepherds? How am I accountable to elders within the Church?

Saturday: Timothy had a unique relationship with the Apostle Paul. In fact, Paul referred to him as his ‘son in the faith’. How does Paul & Timothy’s relationship provide believers today with a model for mentoring? As I mature in my Christian walk, how can I also mature in strengthening relationship with other believers, especially those who are younger in the faith?

Identified with Christ (May 28-June 3)

Workman Project Reading
Sunday: Colossians 3:15, Ephesians 2:13-22
Monday: Colossians 3:15, Colossians 3:1-7, Galatians 3:1-7
Tuesday: Colossians 3:15, Colossians 3:8-11, Galatians 3:8-14
Wednesday: Colossians 3:15, Colossians 3:12-17, Galatians 3:15-20
Thursday: Colossians 3:15, Colossians 3:18-25, Galatians 3:21-24
Friday: Colossians 3:15, Ephesians 2:13-22, Galatians 3:25-29
Saturday: Colossians 3:15, Romans 11:22-27

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
Monday: Romans 2:1-16, 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
Tuesday: Romans 3:21-31, 1 Corinthians 15:9-19
Wednesday: Hebrews 3:1-11, 1 Corinthians 15:20-26
Thursday: Hebrews 3:12-19, Hebrews 4:1-7
Friday: Hebrews 4:8-16, Hebrews 7:1-7
Saturday: Hebrews 7:8-16

Reflection for May 28-June 3
Sunday: In Colossians 3:15-17, Paul speaks about the peace of Christ. In the 14 verses preceding this, Paul identifies how the peace of Christ is shown in our behavior & attitude toward one another. Identify a character/behavioral trait in your life which is shown in this text as well as one which may need more attention. Seek God's guidance in prayer as you place effort in strengthening the trait you exhibit, while also pressing toward improving in the trait or traits which are weaker.

Monday: In Colossians 3, Paul addresses the equality of believers in Christ. God draws no distinction between ethnic groups or backgrounds, and He sees all as equal in Christ. In what manner can obedience to the Gospel remove the ethnic/racial barriers which now devastate so many places in the world? How can Christians make a difference in our behavior, ideas and speech? In what manner ways do you personally strive to make a difference?

Tuesday: Paul identifies the 'fruits' from a faithful Christian's life in Colossians 3:12-14. This list of traits is not an exhaustive or complete list, however, they provide a good reference for our submission to Christ. Does my life provide evidence of Christ's Lordship as described in these verses?

Wednesday: Within the final verses of the Colossians passages, in 3:15-17, we find the benefit of peace. This peace of Christ provides us with a new outlook, and enables us to help others. In what manner does the peace of Christ change my thinking, and how does this assist me in helping others in their walk of faith?

Thursday: The Law of Moses is discussed by Paul in Galatians 3. What was the primary purpose of the Law, according to Paul? From it's instruction, what lesson was man to learn about righteousness?

Friday: Being identified with Christ provides believers the benefit of His righteousness. By faith, we come to Jesus and are identified with Him in Baptism. In what ways does baptism help identify us with Jesus... what important things about Jesus does baptism symbolize?

Saturday: Abraham was the 'Father of the Promise' in the Old Testament. God made a wonderful promise to Abraham about his descendents which was not fulfilled until the coming of Jesus. Paul cites the promise as given to Christians today. What was the important promise God made to Abraham, and how is that promise important to believers today?

Clothed in Christ Week #4 (May 21-27)

Workman Project Reading
Sunday: Galatians 3:27, Colossians 3:8-17
Monday: Galatians 3:27, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Tuesday: Galatians 3:27, John 3:1-21
Wednesday: Galatians 3:27, Romans 6:1-7, Ephesians 4:20-24
Thursday: Galatians 3:27, Romans 6:8-14, Ephesians 4:25-32
Friday: Galatians 3:27, Galatians 2:17-21, Philippians 3:7-11
Saturday: Galatians 3:27, Galatians 5:16-26, Philippians 3:12-21
Sunday: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: Romans 12:1-5
Monday: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 5:1-11
Thursday: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
Friday: Ephesians 1:1-12
Saturday: Titus 2:11-15
Sunday: 1 Peter 1:13-23

Reflection for May 21-27
Sunday: According to Paul's teaching to the Galatians, a Christian is 'clothed' in Christ. This phrasing reveals a need (to be clothed) and the only means by which we can be clothed (in Christ). In what way does Paul say a believer is clothed in Christ, and what benefits come from this relationship with Christ?

Monday: Once again, using the phrase 'in Christ', Paul provides greater insight of benefits in 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. What benefits does Paul identify for those who are 'in Christ'?

Tuesday: Jesus had a very important conversation with a Jewish leader named Nicodemus where He spoke of being 'born again'. Nicodemus did not understand how it was possible for a grown person to be born again... to what was Jesus referring? How is it possible for a grown person to be born again, and what benefit is derived by such a birth?

Wednesday: In Romans 6, Paul continues with the message of life in Christ but his approach is slightly different. In this passage, Paul speaks about dying with Christ and being buried with him. How is it possible to die with Christ and be buried with Him?

Thursday: Paul's message in Galatians 2 speaks about being 'Crucified with Christ'... how is it possible to be 'crucified with Christ'? To what is Paul referring when he uses such a phrase? How is this death necessary in order to live for Christ?

Friday: Our own successes are not worth anything compared to what we gain in Christ. Paul had an impressive list of accomplishments before becoming a Christian, but he said he counted these as rubbish. If what we do for Christ in this life is all which really has lasting value, in what way do I seek to honor Christ today by how I live for Him or serve others in His name?

Saturday: While writing to the Church at Philippi, Paul spoke of 'enemies of Christ'. How is it possible to become an enemy of Jesus? What should we do in order to ensure we never become guilty of being His enemy?

Clothed in Christ Week #3 (May 14-21)
Sunday: 1 Corinthians 11:11, 1 Timothy 2:9-15
Monday: 1 Corinthians 11:11, Genesis 2:1-7, 1 Corinthians 15:45-49
Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 11:11, Genesis 2:8-17, Romans 8:29-39
Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 11:11, Genesis 2:18-25, 1 Corinthians 11:7-16
Thursday: 1 Corinthians 11:11, Genesis 3:1-7, 1 Timothy 2:9-15
Friday: 1 Corinthians 11:11, Genesis 3:8-15, Ephesians 5:22-33
Saturday: 1 Corinthians 11:11, Genesis 3:16-24, 1 Peter 3:7-9

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: Matthew 9:14-17
Monday: Ephesians 4:17-32
Tuesday: Genesis 2:15-25
Wednesday: Matthew 19:1-12
Thursday: Mark 10:1-12
Friday: 1 Cornthians 10:23-33
Saturday: Philippians 2:19-30

Reflection for May 14-21
Sunday: Scripture highlights the God designed, unique differences between men and women. Recognizing the headship of Christ, and properly functioning in cooperation with God's model of headship for man, requires preserving the distinction of traits between genders.

Monday: Adam was created first, from dust. What was God's reason for creating woman? How did God create woman? Who named the woman? How do these points confirm God's structure for headship? (God as head of Christ, Christ as head of man, man as head of woman.)

Tuesday: In what way could Adam have shown spiritual leadership or authority in the event with the temptation to eat the fruit? After Eve ate the fruit, how could Adam have shown spiritual headship on her behalf?

Wednesday: In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul gives a great deal of attention toward correcting flawed practices/beliefs of the Corinthian Christians. Amid these false practices lies a selfishness or self-centered attitude, which create division. How does Paul tell Christians to effect a positive change?

Thursday: Paul says Adam was not deceived, but Eve was, causing them to fall into transgression. (1 Timothy 2:9-15) What consequences have been created due to this transgression? Note the generation impact this transgression created... although only Adam and Eve sinned, all mankind deals with the consequence of their sin. Our submission & spiritual maturity can create a lasting, positive impact.

Friday: Christian marriage is compared by Paul to the relationship of Christ to the Church. With Jesus as the Groom, and the Church as His bride, in what ways are Christians expected to submit to Jesus' as head? What benefits can be produced by such submission, and what (if any) negative consequences could result?

Saturday: The account of Mankind's fall, in Genesis 3, shows us the consequence of disobeying God's standards. One of the often missed elements in the account is the mercy which God displayed following Adam & Eve's sin. In what ways was God merciful to them? In what ways is God merciful to us when we disobey Him?

Clothed in Christ Week #2 (May 7-13)
Sunday: Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 21:12-22, 1 Peter 3:1-7
Monday: Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 21:23-27, 1 Peter 3:8-17
Tuesday: Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 22:1-14, 1 Corinthians 11:1-10
Wednesday: Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 21:33-46, Philippians 2:1-8
Thursday: Ephesians 2:10, Luke 14:15-24, Philippians 2:9-18
Friday: Ephesians 2:10, Ephesians 2:10-22, 1 Peter 5:1-7
Saturday: Ephesians 2:10, Galatians 6:1-18, Romans 15:1-7

Workman Plus Reading (May 7-13)
Sunday: Genesis 1:1-25
Monday: Genesis 1:26-31
Tuesday: Genesis 2:1-17
Wednesday: Genesis 2:18-25
Thursday: Genesis 3:1-24
Friday: Ephesians 1:18-23
Saturday: 1 Timothy 2:1-8

Reflection for May 7-13
Sunday: Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:10: ‘For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.’ What does it mean to be His workmanship and how does this cooperate with Genesis 1:26-31? In what manner do we reveal we are His workmanship?

Monday: Jesus exerts His authority in Matthew 21 in a number of ways, and the Jewish leaders questioned Him about His authority. Paul speaks of Jesus’ authority in 1 Corinthians 11:3 as well. Men and women, although given unique roles, are expected to show their respect for the structure of authority God has established. In what manner do we show this type of respect to Christ’s authority?

Tuesday: In 1 Corinthians 11 Paul employs some cultural examples of how each gender shows respect to Christ... hair length and head coverings. However, the heart of Paul’s message is not tied to culture, rather, it transcends cultural trends. Are gender roles culturally determined, or God given?

Wednesday: Paul cites the moral deterioration of culture in Philippians 2:9-18 as a warning for Christians. Verse 16 tells us how to rise above the culture and honor God. What are Christians expected to do?

Thursday: The Apostle Peter speaks of a need for respect from one ‘generation’ to another. (1 Peter 5:1-7) What are the benefits which come from showing such respect? In what ways can we show this type of respect today?

Friday: Paul tells Christians we are no longer ‘aliens and strangers’ to God, but are a part of His household. This is a wonderful promise given us in Christ. How does our interaction with one another communicate we are adopted by God?

Saturday: Paul’s letter to the Romans holds some deep spiritual instruction for us. Through Paul, the Holy Spirit instructs us to love and support those who are weaker in faith or who are maturing in their faith. How do we support weaker believers? One benefit which comes from such support is unity. In what way does our supporting one another, and showing understanding in weakness, bring about unity?

Clothed in Christ Week #1 (April 30-May 6)
Sunday: 1 Corinthians 11:3, 1 Timothy 2:9-15
Monday: 1 Corinthians 11:3, Matthew 19:1-12
Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 11:3, Mark 10:1-12
Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 11:3, Titus 2:1-15
Thursday: 1 Corinthians 11:3, 1 Corinthians 3:1-23
Friday: 1 Corinthians 11:3, Genesis 2:15-25
Saturday: Romans 13:1, 1 Corinthians 11:1-16

Workman Plus Reading (April 30-May 6)
Sunday: 1 Peter 3:1-17, Ephesians 5:22-33
Monday: Ephesians 6:1-9, Hebrews 13:15-19
Tuesday: Ephesians 4:11-16, 1 Peter 5:1-7
Wednesday: James 4:7-17, 1 Peter 2:13-20
Thursday: 1 Peter 2:4-12, Colossians 3:18-25
Friday: 1 Peter 2:21-25, Galatians 3:26-29
Saturday: Colossians 1:13-23

Reflection for April 30-May 6
Sunday: Scripture establishes a clear model of authority, spiritual, civil, within the home and Church. New Testament cultural practices reflect a respect for the structure of authority God has established. With Christ as the head of the Church, there are appropriate responses Christians show in their living which honor Christ as having authority. In what ways can a Christian show Christ respect for His authority?


Monday: Within the Church, the structure of leadership functions best when all believers understand respect shown toward authority is actually respect shown toward God. Clearly, this works in reverse with a significant impact. In other words, when a believer does not respect God's model of authority within government, Church or home, we are actually showing dishonor to God.


Tuesday: Modern culture has tried to redefine gender roles. Actually, it is accurate to say many wish to redefine gender itself and are undergoing every method possible to accomplish this. How does redefining gender or gender roles impact the Church? Are Biblical gender roles outdated? Should gender roles within the Church reflect cultural expectations or trends?


Wednesday: Christian faith was significantly different than the culture within which many 1st Century believers lived. Throughout the Roman Empire, under paganism, gender roles & gender itself was treated in similar ways as our current culture and exploitation was the norm. Many early believers viewed the structure of Christian faith as liberating even though there were significant moral restrictions placed on them. How is it possible such 'restrictions' are actually liberating?


Thursday: In what manner does the structure of the Husband and Wife relationship reflect the relationship of Christ and the Church? According to Paul's writing in Ephesians there is a need for 'submission'. What does Paul mean by submission and how can this submission (viewed through the Christ/Church relationship) be seen as positive rather than oppressive?


Friday: Trust, confidence, love and respect are powerful indicators of a healthy relationship. In an environment where such character traits exist in a relationship there is mutual benefit, when one or more of the traits does not exist there is disharmony. How do I show these traits to Christ by my submission to His Lordship? If I am not effectively and consistently showing Christ these traits, is it possible to honor Him as Lord?


Saturday: Innovations are sometimes a wonderful thing. The concept of 'If it isn't broken, don't fix it' is often a good reminder. However, there are times innovation brings significant improvement in benefit. Is there any way a believer can establish a better structure of authority within relationships and the Church than what Christ has already established?

Christian Mission Week #5 (April 23-29)
Sunday: Ephesians 4:15, Acts 17:16-34
Monday: Ephesians 4:15, 2 Corinthians 5:1-11, Acts 19:8-21
Tuesday: Ephesians 4:15, 2 Corinthians 5:14-21, Ephesians 4:1-16
Wednesday: Ephesians 4:15, 2 Corinthians 6:1-10, Ephesians 4:17-32
Thursday: Ephesians 4:15, 2 Corinthians 8:1-15, Ephesians 5:1-16
Friday: Ephesians 4:15, Galatians 3:1-14, Ephesians 6:10-24
Saturday: 1 Corinthians 11:3, 1 Timothy 2:9-15

Workman Plus Reading
Sunday: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17, 2 Corinthians 7:6-16
Monday: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, Romans 2:1-8
Tuesday: James 3:1-12, Ephesians 3:8-21
Wednesday: James 3:13-18, James 1:19-27
Thursday: 1 Peter 1:13-25, James 2:14-26
Friday: 1 Peter 4:1-11, Jude 1:17-25
Saturday:1 Peter 3:1-17, Ephesians 5:22-33

Reflection for April 23-29
Sunday: Paul’s missionary journeys took him to a number of interesting places, within which he met people of varied cultures. Upon arriving in any city, Paul would go to the local Jewish synagogue (if there was one) and reason with the Jewish people about Christ. Another practice Paul held was to engage the people concerning their cultural practices as they compared to Christian faith. From Paul’s methods, what can we learn and is it possible to implement these today?


Monday: The Gospel of Christ calls us to examine what we know in the world (which is temporal) and compare it to what Christ offers. Although the promises of Christ are eternal, why would someone choose the world over Christ? What is a promise provided for believers today which makes following Christ, and facing difficulty, so worthwhile?


Tuesday: In Ephesians 4, Paul addresses the topic of unity. In the passage, he emphasizes the uniting power of faith, and he specifically mentions 7 ‘ones’ which are essential to believe in order to be united in faith. What are these 7 ‘ones’ and how do they unite?


Wednesday: In 2 Corinthians 6, Paul, once again, contrasts the temporal things of the world against the eternal things promised in Christ. Perhaps the Holy Spirit urged Paul to write these reminders for us knowing the human nature of holding onto the things we see, rather than walking by faith. What things do you value in the world? Could these things fall within the temporal category or the eternal category of which Paul speaks?


Thursday: Paul urges believers to ‘imitate Christ’ in the way we live. In what manner does he say our lives should imitate Christ? We mature in our faith and become more productive in our service when we can review our life and prioritize the qualities God most values. In what ways are you making the most of your time for God?


Friday: Galatians 3 provides another priority check for believers. Some of the Galatians Christians were caught up in thinking they earned God’s blessing by what they did. In what ways do you serve Christ which are motivated out of nothing other than honoring Him as Lord?


Saturday: Godliness is one of the greatest character traits or attributes of a Christian. In what ways do you reveal godliness in your life? Humility is difficult to attain and preserve. How does serving others assist us to mature in our humility?

Christian Mission Week #4 (April 16-22)
Sunday: Romans 6:9, Acts 1:1-8, Romans 8:28-30
Monday: Acts 3:19, Acts 2:14-21, Acts 11:19-30
Tuesday: Acts 3:19, Acts 2:22-28, Acts 13:1-12
Wednesday: Acts 3:19, Acts 2:29-36, Acts 13:44-52
Thursday: Acts 3:19, Acts 2:37-47, Acts 14:1-7
Friday: Acts 3:19, Acts 3:11-26, Acts 15:36-41
Saturday: Acts 3:19, Acts 8:4-13, Acts 16:1-13

Workman Plus Week #4
Sunday: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58, Acts 2:22-36
Monday: Acts 16:22-40, Acts 17:1-9
Tuesday: Acts 17:10-15, Acts 17:16-34
Wednesday: Acts 18:1-11, Acts 18:23-28
Thursday: Acts 20:13-16, Acts 20:17-38
Friday: Acts 21:1-14, Acts 28:1-10
Saturday: Philippians 1:12-20, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-20

Workman Reflection Week #4
Sunday: Jesus’ disciples thought He would establish an earthly, politically based Kingdom, but
Jesus continued to explain His kingdom as Spiritual. Christ’s Kingdom is the Church! How is the Church like a kingdom, and how is Jesus like a king?

Monday: In each sermon found in Acts, there is a similar message... repent and be restored to God. Is it possible for a person to be restored without repentance? How does a person show their repentance to God? Christianity requires repentance in order to be obedient, how can we show others the need for repentance today?

Tuesday: At Pentecost, Peter & the Apostles preached a simple message which highlighted the death of Jesus, and the need for mankind to repent & be restored to God. What two things did Peter say a person would receive from God upon repentance?

Wednesday: In Acts 13, Paul had a large crowd gather to hear him speak. This crowd consisted of a group of people who were ignored by the Jewish people. At the heart of the Gospel is hope for those who are forgotten or considered less important. How can you communicate Christ’s love for the down-trodden to people within your influence & reach today?

Thursday: Luke’s history record in Acts tells of a number of times Paul and other Christians were mistreated for sharing Christ’s Gospel. What can we learn from their determination today? In spite of their suffering and hardship, many people continued to become Christians. In what way can our suffering or hardships serve to influence others to believe in Jesus?

Friday: Paul and his companions went to many foreign places on missionary journeys to share the Gospel. You may never go on a missionary journey, like Paul, but you can still be a missionary. In what ways can you still be a missionary?

Saturday: Paul wrote to the Christians in Thessalonica and his words help us understand why he endured suffering and hardship. In Paul’s words, what made his hardships and sufferings worthwhile? Paul also spoke of a joy & crown... to what is Paul referring?

Christian Mission Week #3 (April 9-15)
(The first passage each day is intended to be a memory passage.)
Day 1: Romans 6:9, Matthew 28:1-10
Day 2: Romans 6:9, Mark 16:1-13, Romans 4:23-25, 2 Corinthians 5:14-17
Day 3: Romans 6:9, Luke 24:1-12, Romans 1:1-4, Matthew 20:17-19
Day 4: Romans 6:9, John 20:1-10, Revelation 1:17-18
Day 5: Romans 6:9, John 20:11-18, Philippians 3:8-11
Day 6: Romans 6:9, John 20:19-29, Philippians 3:20-21
Day 7: Romans 6:9, Acts 1:1-8, Romans 8:28-30

Workman Plus Week #3
Day 1: Luke 24:13-35, Acts 4:1-12
Day 2: Luke 24:36-49, Romans 6:1-9
Day 3: 1 Corinthians 15:1-19, Colossians 2:8-14
Day 4: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, Colossians 3:1-4
Day 5: 1 Corinthians 15:29-38, Ephesians 2:1-7
Day 6: 1 Corinthians 15:39-49, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Day 7: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58, Acts 2:22-36

Workman Reflection Week #3
Day 1: Skeptics claim there is no credible evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, yet we have eyewitness testimony which includes large groups of witnesses to the same appearing. Within the first 15 verses of Matthew 28, we read of the two Marys finding the tomb empty and having a conversation with the Angel who was at the tomb. In addition to this we see the conspiracy of the Jewish leadership to pay off the guards. What other evidences of Jesus' resurrection can be shown from New Testament passages.
Day 2: In Mark's testimony, as the women traveled to the tomb they talked about how they would manage to move the heavy stone from its entrance. However, upon arrival at the tomb they found the entrance open and the stone rolled away. No further details are provided, other than an angel seated inside the tomb... who do you think removed the stone, and why?
Day 3: In Matthew 20:17-19 Jesus told His disciples specific details about what would occur in Jerusalem. Old Testament prophets were given messages from God which gave details about coming events and the purpose of such prophecy was to show God's plan and to emphasize God is all powerful. How did Jesus' prophecy about His death reveal the power & plan of God?
Day 4: John 20 tells of the discovery of the empty tomb. Peter and John (the disciple Jesus loved) ran to the tomb after the women told them Jesus' body was not there. What did they discover? To discover the significance of what they found, read John 19:38-40.
Day 5: Mary had an encounter with Jesus following His resurrection in John 20:11-18. At first, Mary was so overwhelmed in her grief she did not recognize Jesus. How did Jesus convince her He had risen? There should be great comfort for believers today that Jesus loves us enough to recognize each of us by name.
Day 6: Paul explains the benefit of Jesus' resurrection for all believers in Philippians 3:20-21. According to Paul, we await something Jesus will do for us; what will Jesus do for us?
Day 7: According to Paul in Romans 8:29, God's plan for believers has always been for us to be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus. What does it mean to be conformed to the image of Jesus? Will others be able to know, if so... how?

Christian Mission Week #2 (April 2-8)
(The first passage each day is intended to be a memory passage.)
Day 1: Romans 5:8, John 1:6-18
Day 2: Romans 5:8, Colossians 1:19-23, Ephesians 2:1-10, Hebrews 2:5-8
Day 3: Romans 5:8, Hebrews 2:9-10, 1 Peter 2:21-25, Matthew 17:1-13
Day 4: Romans 5:8, Hebrews 2:11-18, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 8:18-27
Day 5: Romans 5:8, Hebrews 9:24-28, Luke 19:1-10, John 12:27-34
Day 6: Romans 5:8, Hebrews 10:1-10, Luke 19:28-38, John 12:35-43
Day 7: Romans 5:8, Hebrews 10:19-25, John 12:44-50

Workman Plus Week #2
Day 1: Acts 9:1-9, 2 Corinthians 11:26-33
Day 2: Acts 9:10-19, Galatians 1:11-24
Day 3: Acts 9:19-31, Galatians 2:1-10
Day 4: Acts 22:1-16, Romans 1:1-7
Day 5: Acts 13:1-12, Romans 1:8-17
Day 6: Acts 14:1-10, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Day 7: Acts 14:21-28, Philippians 1:1-14

Workman Reflection Week #2
Day 1: In 2 Corinthians 11 the Apostle Paul mentions several hardships he has endured; what would possibly motivate Paul to suffer such difficulties? Paul mentions his sufferings and then says he will only boast in his weakness... to what weakness does he refer and why would he boast of weakness?
Day 2: In the first chapter of his letter to the Galatian Church, Paul addressed some men who are 'perverting the Gospel', then he defended his own ministry by saying he received his Gospel in a special way. From whom did Paul receive the Gospel message and in what way did he receive it? How does this provide confidence in the reliability of his message for Christians today?
Day 3: Paul retold his interaction with some of the Apostles in Jerusalem and concluded with their approval, stating they recognized his being entrusted with the Gospel. To whom was Paul entrusted as a group to receive the Gospel he preached? According to Luke's account in Acts 9:19-31, the early Christians were not accepting of Paul... why?
Day 4: Paul's conversion to Christian faith was difficult to accept among fellow Christians. One Christian man, Ananias, obeyed The Lord by sharing with Paul (Saul) what he needed to do in order to be saved. What can be learned from Ananias' example? Sometimes, people who seem most opposed to faith in Jesus are actually seeking answers to serious faith questions. Is there are friend or acquaintance in your life to whom you could reach out and share your faith? Following his conversion, Paul was known to establish a large number of Churches in cities & towns throughout the Roman Empire... perhaps the person you reach for Christ could have a significant impact in helping other people become Christians.
Day 5: The Church in Rome was very important to Paul and he loved the Christians there very much. Due to his missionary travels, he was looking forward to a coming time when he could visit with the Church there. Paul prays for the Church daily and looks forward to the encouragement they will share when together. In a similar manner, Christians today share encouragement in faith while we assemble together. How important is the assembly of Christians? Considering your interaction with other Christians, is there a special way you encourage others in their faith? How can you increase in encouraging others?
Day 6: In his first letter to the Church in Corinth, Paul mentioned the faith of the Corinthians in Christ was 'confirmed'. In what ways could the faith of the Christians in Corinth be 'confirmed' or shown? In what way is our faith in Christ 'confirmed' today? While in Lystra (Acts 14:1-10) Paul did something very special which showed he was an Apostle... what did he do?
Day 7: In Philippians 1, Paul said his imprisonment has worked to benefit the Gospel... how is it possible for such a great difficulty to benefit the Gospel? Is it possible God can create a positive result from the difficult circumstances of our life? When we are faced with difficulties it is very beneficial to have the same perspective & outlook Paul had in his circumstances of suffering.

Christian Missions Week #1 (The first passage each day is intended to be a memory passage.)
Day 1: Mark 16:15–16, Matthew 9:9-13, John 3:14-21
Day 2: Mark 16:15–16, Matthew 28:16–20, Acts 2:1-13, Mark 2:1-12
Day 3: Mark 16:15–16, Matthew 13:47–52, Acts 2:14-24, Luke 8:11–15
Day 4: Mark 16:15–16, 1 Peter 4:1–5, Acts 2:25-36, Matthew 19:13–15
Day 5: Mark 16:15–16, Luke 8:4–10, Acts 2:37-47, Titus 2:1–8
Day 6: Mark 16:15–16, 2 Timothy 2:1–2, 1 Corinthians 4:14-16, 1 Corinthians 11:1, Philippians 3:17
Day 7: Mark 16:15–16, Luke 5:27-32, John 3:1-10, Romans 6:1-7

Workman Plus Week #1
Day 1: Matthew 10:1-15, Mark 6:7-13
Day 2: Matthew 10:16-23, Luke 9:1-6
Day 3: Matthew 10:24-39, Luke 10:1-16
Day 4: Matthew 10:40-42, Luke 10:17-24
Day 5: Matthew 16:21-28, Matthew 18:1-6
Day 6: Matthew 18:12-14, Luke 9:57-62
Day 7: Matthew 19:27-30, Luke 9:18-27

Workman Reflection Week #1
Day 1: Mark's record of the 'Great Commission' cites Jesus command to "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation." How do we know Jesus wasn't just commanding His disciples alone to do this? What does it mean to go into 'all the world'?
Day 2: Matthew's Gospel, as well as Mark's account, mention baptism in conversion & disciple making. Both directly quote Jesus and reveal baptism is a part of the disciple making process. Who can baptize a person who wishes to become a Christian?
Day 3: When Jesus said the Kingdom was like a dragnet, what is He saying? What does the rest of that passage in Matthew 13:47-52 reveal about the types of fish caught in the net?
Day 4: 1 Peter 4:1-5 speaks of a former way of life (before we became a Christian) and the response of some people to our new life. From this passage, what should a Christian expect from those outside Christian faith? What does this passage cite as the reason for being treated so harshly by others?
Day 5: What did the seed represent in the parable Jesus told? What do the various soil types represent? The 'good soil' is representative of what type of person?
Day 6: Paul said (1 Corinthians 4:14-16) he was the father of the Corinthian Christians... what did he mean by that? Why should the Corinthians Christians imitate the Apostle Paul?
Day 7: According to Luke 5:27-32, to whom did Jesus come to call to repentance? For Christians involved in making Disciples today, how should we be encouraged by what Jesus said in this passage?