Matthew: Day 1

Jesus Is Born

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Today's Text: Matthew 1:1-25, Matthew 2:1-23, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 11:1-9, Jeremiah 31:15

Scripture Reading: Matthew 1:1-25, Matthew 2:1-23, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 11:1-9, Jeremiah 31:15

“Who is Jesus?”

They all asked the question. Those who walked the streets with Jesus, who encountered His teaching in the synagogues, who witnessed Him healing the sick and eating with sinners—they were compelled to understand who this man was. That was 2,000 years ago. And here we are, asking the same question today.

Even now, sitting in my Nashville office, surrounded by modern technology and Western comforts, I can think of no more foundational question to ask. The answer frames what I believe about God. It frames what I know about myself and how I view the world around me. And, on one hand, my response as a Christian is simple: Jesus is the Son of God. But because that is true, is there not infinitely more to know?

Theologian Charles Hodge said, “The gospel is so simple that small children can understand it, and it is so profound that studies by the wisest theologians will never exhaust its riches.” I believe he’s right, and I believe the same is true with the central figure of that gospel, the person of Jesus Christ. We cannot exhaust the depth of Him, but we can know Him.

The Gospel of Matthew is a great place to start.

Beginning with a genealogy, Matthew lays out his account of who Jesus is: the Messiah that the Jewish people—and the world—had been waiting for. He presents Jesus as the Son of God, born of the Holy Spirit, baptized by a prophet, and tempted by the devil. He shows Jesus as teacher, healer, servant, and friend—a man who walked the earth but was not bound by it.

In telling us who Jesus is, Matthew tells the story of our salvation.

It is a story written from the foundation of the world (Matthew 25:34). In these two chapters alone, our historian Matthew references five Old Testament prophecies fulfilled in Christ’s birth (1:22; 2:5, 15, 17, 23). He is Immanuel, “God with us,” the one who “will save his people from their sins” (1:23, 21). Jesus is not just part of this story—He is the story.

I hope you’ll read along with us these next four weeks as we explore Matthew’s Gospel together and discover the true answers to that all-important question. Jesus is the Son of God. He is the Savior, the Christ, the Messiah.

This is the story Matthew tells. This is Jesus.

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  • Gwen Toay

    I had the honor of reading Matthew 11: 28-30 at my Grandma’s funeral out of her own bible a few days ago (one of the many highlighted verses of hers). She was such a wonderful example of a woman who walked with Christ everyday of her life. I haven’t spent much time in the book of Matthew, but as this is my first SRT study, it felt right because of my Grandma Betty. ❤️

    • Taylor

      I’m so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful example of Christ’s love and perfect intervention to bring Matthew into your life right now. Welcome to the community <3

  • This is the first guided Bible study I’ve ever done. I have read and studied on my own before. Most of my focus in the past has been on Matthew, so I thought that would be a good place to start when selecting from the studies on your site. It’s amazing to me how there is so much depth to the Gospel that we can read the same book or the same passages more than once and something new will stand out to us almost every time depending on where we are in our lives. I’m looking forward to continuing this for the next 4 weeks.

  • Just started this plan, excited to learn more about my Savior

    • She Reads Truth

      We’re so glad that you’re here Aileen! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Sara Fields

    Just started my first SRT study and I’m so excited! I love how Matthew tells in verse 15 that Herod never figured out where Jesus was. It’s interesting that in verse 16-18 it tells of how Herod tried to kill Jesus by killing two year old boys and under, yet in vs 19 it says that “when Herod died…” obviously it points out how God’s plans and his ways are SO much higher than what we think is best. No human is able to outsmart God, and if they try to they fail. Thank you Lord for your plans!

  • Anna Chviedar

    It is interesting that Matthew wrote to the Jews, and in these 2 passages he kinda stresses how the gentiles have always been part of the pictures. He mentions the women in his genealogy who were gentiles, the wise men are gentiles. It’s interesting that these gentile wise men came specifically to worship the Judean King. God have always been inclusive, He’s always had the same plan for people. It’s us who need to be filled with the understanding of God so that He can work out His peace on earth.

  • Maureen Blaha

    Joann I just started today also!! I’m so excited :)

  • Hello everyone! Just started on this study today and it’s my first SRT study! Am very excited and can’t wait to know more about Jesus!

  • This is not my first SRT study, but I am brand new to the SRT community. I am currently doing an 11-month missions trip called the World Race (currently in Africa), and cannot wait to dive into Matthew with you all!!

  • Marionette

    We are of the “new covenant” where God himself will teach us by writing on our hearts. This makes our sin more grievous. This, however, makes Jesus’s sacrifice even more powerful. His forgiveness nearly unfathomable, but yet it is available whenever we fall short of His glory. Bless your name o God. Thank you Jesus.

  • Lyndsey Miller

    Just starting this study today but am already so overjoyed with how easy it is to dive into the verses and get a better understanding of passages I’ve read so many times before! I’m looking forward to spending a little time each day with the word and in a community such as this! 2017 was a very tough year for me but full of growth and I vowed that in 2018 I would spend more time with the lord and taking care of myself. Happy to be here with you all!

  • Rhonda Green

    A friend led me here, and as I walk through a time of healing in my life I look forward to rediscovering who Jesus is and who he is to me. Emmanuel, God with us.

  • Lexi Bozarth

    As a momma of a 3 week old, I have found that the only things I have on me are my baby and my phone. My husband has been encouraging me to get in the word daily. I just didn’t know when I was going to be able to do that. I’m so thankful for She Reads Truth. I am able to read the Bible from my phone, read the devotional, and join a beautiful online community as I raise my son. I’m tired, and yet feel so comforted knowing that Jesus meets me here. In the slow days with my little guy.

  • Stephanie Vandagriff

    Just starting out today. I’m struggling all around right now. Not so much with my faith but with prioritizing my day around the One who ordained it. What a great place to go back to, a question as simple as Who is Jesus? And why should my focus be on Him first?

    • Crista Merrell

      I don’t even know how I ended up here. But like God has so often done, he crossed our paths. It’s so sweet to me. Let’s have lunch? Or coffee? When you have 30 minutes free. Love you.

  • Sarah MyersHarris

    I love how they bring in the referenced Old Testament.

  • Rachael Schupbach

    What a blessing this app is! Currently studying Ephesians with a group and its slow going as others are catching up … this caught my eye-what better way can I “kill” than to really dig into who Jesus is. Also have a 5 and 3 year old so really thinking about how I can further their knowledge as well!!

  • Jessie Carrasco

    This is my first time to do one of the studies I hope I can stick with it I’ve got three-month-old and a three-year-old fingers crossed :)

  • Jessica Holmes

    My favorite verse is in Matthew (Matthew 11:28-30) so I’m super excited to be starting this study. As others have said, it’s nice to read the opening of Matthew as it gives the Christmas season context even though it has just past. Now leading up to Easter I think this is a great place to start ✝️

  • Amy Hanneke

    Just starting this out but it feels so right to pick up the story of Jesus when the more commercial aspect of Christmas is packed away and the glitter is gone. Time to dig into the Word and real meaning of the season!

  • I too am late getting started with this study but thankful to have found it. My goal is to spend more time studying God’s Word.

  • Just jumped in today as well. After enjoying reading the Christmas Advent “Joy to the World” I was drawn back to your website today as I felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to stay in the Bible more than I have been lately. Thank You!

  • Sarah Turner

    I love gospel for jesus

  • I, too, just started this reading series. I need Jesus everyday! In my line of work I’m constantly praying for guidance, wisdom, knowledge and a deep compassionate love that only He can provide. Thank you for these devotionals!

  • I am late to this party lol but this first day was amazing! My word for this year is Patience. I have 2 kids under 2 plus a 7 year old and a 11 year old.

  • So glad to see that I am not the only one just starting this study. Having a snowy day where I am and decided to start the morning with a cup of hot chocolate and my bible. I feel like I have read through Matthew many times but each time something else jumps out. Looking forward to trying to stay in the Word more.

  • Jamie Becker

    Just finished a couple months reading through Genesis and I’m happy to start Matthew.

  • Marjorie Jean

    I just received my bible last week, so excited to begin this journey.

  • Yay! Excited to jump into this!

  • Cindy Carnes

    So excited to start this study. I’m looking forward to a happy, healthy, Jesus of a New Year!

  • Kristina Pihanich

    I am excited to get intentional about my time in the word this year!

  • Emily Gragg

    Good luck and God bless, K. Helm!

  • I love that the Gospel of Jesus, of our salvation, is so profound that we can never exhaust the depths and heights of encompassing fully who God is. But, through our Lord Jesus, we can begin this journey of knowing Him. So amazing!

  • Barbara Prempeh

    Very good start to answering who is Jesus? It begins with understanding our salvation

  • Shanae Fontenot

    Great first day.

  • Abigail Moon

    I really enjoyed this first day! I think my favorite Part was the quote from Charles Hodge because it reminds us that although He is a God for all people, there is no one as powerful and great as He is. Like many of you, my goal for this year is to grow closer to God.

  • Liz Baylus

    Chelsea I understand completely, PPD and PPA have immobilized me with fear, but it is only through the love of Jesus that I will overcome these problems. I have every reason in the world to be better, and I hope diving into the word of God will help heal my spirit as well as yours.

  • Claire Rogers

    So excited to inhale this truth. “Jesus is not part of the story. He is the story.”

  • …Because he will save Jinny from her sins.

  • Chelsea Teresak

    Y’all I’m going to be honest. I can’t remember the last time I was intentional about reading the Bible. It’s been a trying year that ended with a traumatic birth with my second son. I’ve been struggling with PPD and just overall sluggishness and motivation in life. I kept trying to fix it myself and kept failing. I knew I needed God and I also knew She Reads Truth was the perfect way to refresh my relationship with God, and to get my heart on the track of healing. Starting the year off right with this Matthew study is the perfect jumping off point. Thank you, She Reads Truth!

    • Elle Hooks

      Chelsea, I can so relate! I started my year off with a traumatic birth of my daughter, depression and anxiety taking over as other events unfolded in the weeks after her birth, and that same sluggishness and lack of motivation. I needed to be reminded that God loves me, even when I’m exhausted and not seeking him. He hasn’t left you and he is eager to love on you through this season!

    • Danielle Born

      Chelsea and Elle, i would love to be in prayer for you guys. PPD and anxiety are two things the enemy used to drive a wedge between us and our King. I will be praying for you both!

    • Betsy Cloninger

      Chelsea and Elle- I was in your shoes two years ago after my daughters birth! Prayer, my husband and being open and honest and talking with my doctor about what we needed to do saved me (and my family!!). You are NOT alone!

    • Jamie Freysz

      Chelsea, I am very much in the same situation and can relate to your comment as if I had wrote it myself. Along with She Reads Truth and intentionally getting back into the word, I’ve also been shown the community of “Risen Motherhood.” It has helped me tremendously, as it touches on specific things such as PPD. The two combined have saved me and brought me up from a very dark place. Just wanted to share incase it could help you also.

  • Rael Mussotte

    I can not wait to read this it will be like a spiritual awakening for me

  • Chaney Shadrock

    Jesus >

  • Excited to get more in depth with The Word this year. Looking forward to reading along with The SRT community as well.

  • Alex Yearley

    In service, our pastor has talked a lot about the Old Testament making more sense when you realize that Jesus was there all along. In every story, there is a foreshadowing of sorts in relation to Jesus. It’s amazing to see this demonstrated through Matthew!

    • Rufaro

      Yes, I found this very interesting as well. I really enjoyed how this study begins: showing us where Jesus came from both in terms of genealogy and prophesy. I love the way you put it “Jesus was there all along”. I think this is the first time I truly realized that and it’s really stirred something within me. I feel so awakened and in awe of this. It’s such an eye-opener, I suppose in more ways than one.

  • Hi is there a workbook or study questions that accompany this bible study? I’m new-ish at bible studies and I’m not sure if I should be doing something more than reading the scriptures. Thanks!

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Kelly, we’re so glad to have you joining us for the study! There is a Study Book available at ShopSheReadsTruth.com, but it is not necessary to participate! We don’t have study questions for this plan, but most of our She’s read the Bible passages each day, read the day’s devotional here, and then discuss in the comments. We hope this helps a bit! – Abby, The SRT Team

  • Rachel Fuqua

    Love this! Can’t wait to read more!

  • Kayla Hand

    ❤️

  • Sheila Moreau

    I have to catch up to the study, it’s a good beginning , for this year. I pray I get a better understanding , I enjoy reading all your post

  • Wonda Hidalgo

    You should name HIM JESUS, because he will save his people from sin! Wow, we too have a name! We too have a purpose behind our name, not necessarily our earthly name but a heavenly name that carries purpose! Help us hear our name on a daily basis so that we can follow our purpose!

  • Rhonda Bohart

    I’m reading Case for Christ too! I’ve been a Christian my whole life and I find it so interesting to look at the Bible the way he his.

  • Ashley Jayne

    I remember when my Pastor went through Jesus’ lineage at church. He pointed out that some of the women mentioned in the lineage were not respected women in their time, some of them prostitutes, etc. It is humbling to know that He will use us and love us no matter what! His love never fails!

  • Ashley Jayne

    It is my first time too, Jo! I am excited to learn and share with everyone. ❤️

  • Omique Williams

    Absolutely loveeeee this app. So glad I found it in 2018 ♥️

  • Theresa E Gore

    Just started this today, and I thank you for your research, gonna check out. Genealogy is a study onto itself.

  • Lori Steward

    Just did a bit of research on gotquestions.org. A great and trustworthy site for biblical questions. In Matthew it’s Joseph’s genealogy. In Luke, it’s Mary’s. Joseph was Heli’s son by marriage. Luke also makes a Point to say that Jesus was the son of Joseph, or so it was thought.

    • Ashley Jayne

      I’m currently reading the book The Case for Christ and this exact question was brought up, with the same answer. Thank you for sharing this website with us! ❤️

  • Lori Steward

    About Jesus’s lineage, it’s been my understanding that both Mary and Joseph were of David’s line. You will also notice that Matthew’s genealogy and Luke’s are a little different. I can’t remember which, but I believe that one is actually Mary’s family, which would be Jesus’s blood, and the other is Joseph’s. Sorry I don’t have all the facts straight :)

  • Kadie Henderson

    I have a (silly) question… How do you highlight a passage and create a note in the updated App? Thanks in advance!

    • Abbey Lenzie

      Hey there. I’m having trouble with this too. Did you find an answer?

      • She Reads Truth

        Hi ladies, our apologies for the delay! At this time, users are unable to share or highlight sections from the daily reading within the app. You will need to open the passage in the Bible section of the app in order to do so. However this is a feature we will be adding back in with an upcoming update, so please stay tuned. Our apologies for the inconvenience in the meantime! We’re so grateful for your patience as we work to create a better app experience, and thank you for being a part of the SRT community. – Abby, The SRT Team

    • Amy Ziebart

      You have to go chose to read the passage from the Bible, then you can highlight and take notes there. I also had trouble finding this!

  • 3 …and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears…
    Love that. Let us be slow to judge also.

  • Tiffany Coven

    I would also like to know!

  • Mellie ChildsJordan

    I believe that it is both historical and cultural that lineages are traced through the fathers and Joseph was his earthly father.

  • Jammy San Juan

    Jesus is with us!!!

  • Ebun Oshikoya

    Interesting observation Rachel I’m not sure ether but I’m thinking the passage “stump from the root of Jesse…” (I’m not quoting properly) might be a good place to start in understanding this. So although Jesus isn’t of David’s line by blood, He is by association. That’s all I’ve got. Not sure if it’s sufficient. I’ll look into it some more.

  • Bay Billups

    I agree with the other statements what a wonderful way to start the year. This is my first Bible Study with She Reads Truth and I am loving it.

  • Kierstin Vater

    ♥️

  • Lea Ferreira

    Excellent way to start the year. Reading the book of Matthew with sisters.

  • Rachel Lynn

    I am so excited for this study. Just one thing I have never understood. Joseph is from the line of David, but Jesus was not of blood. Is this a Jewish culture thing?

    • KIMBERLY HARTZLER

      Mary was of the house of David, and she was of the royal lineage through David’s son Solomon, which gave Jesus based on his descend “according to the flesh” the full rights to the throne of his father David (Mat 1:6). Joseph, the husband of Mary, was also of the house of David, but of a different line through David’s son Nathan (Luk 3:31).

      Lineage was bestowed from the fathers side, as we generally in the west, will take the name of the Father regardless of the marital standing of the mother. Not in all cases but customarily. I love how alive the bible is and how there is so much for us to glean! Excited to see more of Jesus together in this study!

    • Rebecca Leek

      Excellent point! Can anyone here answer this?

    • Meredith

      Because of the way their culture viewed adoption, Jesus was entitled to all that was Joseph’s, even his lineage.

    • Megan Robinson

      The genealogy of Matthew traces Jesus’ lineage through Joseph, and in Luke it traces it through Mary, all the way back to Adam. It is important that he is a “son of David” through both his earthly parents because the paternal line was really all that mattered in their culture, but of course we know that Mary’s line is the one that related him by blood to David.

  • Great way to start 2018

  • Ashley Gilbert

    ♥️

  • Jamie Bierd

    A great way to start of the new year!

  • Cassie Sockwell

    Remembering our first love and the beginning of our salvation—the best way to start the new year! Blessings to all of us ♥️♥️♥️

  • Grace Cox

    This study is the perfect way to begin 2018, and the journey of spirituality and faith that is to come ❤️

  • Maria Estrada

    I am so excited for this study! I found you through another blog that I found through a google search. I absolutely love how simple it is to know Jesus, but to know you can search endlessly and never know the whole of him. Great start for me! This is my first ever online bible study. Thank you for writing this. I also loved the bible reading along with it.

  • Love this study!

  • JoAnna McGaughey

    I liked that thought. “Jesus is not part of the story…He is the story”

  • Laurel Fay

    Thankful for this study.

  • Jasmine Schulze

    I just want to encourage everyone for starting the new year with being in the word and learning more about Him. Way to go! ❤️

  • Marguerite Wheatley

    Love being part of this study sisters in Christ! Awesome sauce!

  • Sarah Tisdel

    So so pumped to grow in my faith with Christ!!

  • Kim Pullman

    So excited to get to know Jesus better. I’m reminded of a sentence in the previous Advent devotion where the author said “if you want to know God, then get to know Jesus.”

  • Lynn Siewert

    Already so grateful for this study. What better way to enter the new year than to Know Jesus. I so want to know Him more!

  • Ashley Beckford

    So excited to start the new year studying the life of Jesus!

  • “for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
    Amen! My heart longs for this to be true in myself and in the world.
    Thank the Lord that He gives us such good promises!

    It makes me think of my great-grandfather. He married my great-grandma when he was 19, and they were married 79 years. He once joked to me that he had been married his whole life.
    Sometimes our time in the world of suffering and brokenness feels so long, but eternity with God is waiting! And that precious time being perfectly united with God is far longer than we could ever imagine. It will feel like we’ve been in Heaven our whole life!

  • Kylie Loewecke

    The beginning Matthew reminds me much of the Hebrew 4:12, “For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any double edged sword, it pierces in even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart”. This is Christ- as described as the living word of God. They are completely interchangeable. I love how tangible it make the bible while I am reading it. He is living and active; he touches our hearts through his salvation, and knows all answers of our soul. He transcends beyond the story- it’s incredible

  • Marin Fullmer

    Thankful for this study! Exciting to learn more about my Savior through the eyes of Matthew!

  • VIVIAN IVERS

    Excellent teaching. I love that Jesus walked the earth, but was not bound by it! Such strength in that truth!

  • Jen Munoz

    So excited to begin the new year by diving in with this study! Focusing on growing deeper in the word in 2018 and walking a more meaningful journey with Him daily.

  • Rebekah DeLibro

    I’m a day behind but excited about this study. The more I learn about who Jesus is the better my relationship can be with him every day!

  • Amy VanderHoff

    “Who is Jesus? …The answer is the foundation of what I believe about God, what I know about myself and how I view the world around me.” This sounds like a perfect study to start the new year! I’m excited to dive into Matthew with all of you!

  • Amanda Massey

    Good morning SRT family! I am excited to know Jesus more this year! My goals for this year are to be with God before going out into the World, so spending time with Him every morning…. and then I would really appreciate prayers for God to help me overcome bitterness in my life that has weighed down on me over the years. Bitterness from being unable to fully forgive and love those that have wronged me in some way or another. I have felt like forgiveness is sometimes a daily struggle for me. I pray that I have forgiven, but then when I see that person or persons, pain comes back. That is not a life of freedom. I feel God has recently put it on my heart that forgiveness comes by loving them, praying for them, and even serving them. I pray for God to continue to show me the way to true forgiveness of others and of myself. I thank Him that He is working on me. Anyways… I am SO THANKFUL for the SRT studies and this family of God’s people!!! I pray God will bless u all in this study and we all will come closer to Jesus. ♡

    • Noemi S.

      Hi Amanda,
      I had the same problem, didn’t know how to let go and forgive , and that made me every day bitter and bitter and i truly struggled and almost missed the whole christmas season because of that. I read recently a good tip, maybe it will help you too: when You pray for somebody who did hurt You, don’ try to say anything , just hold them in the light of our merciful heavenly father , and ask him to do in their life what ever is his plan and just watch what turns out :) He can do great things and change lifes, peoples… :) He had mercy for you too, He created your enemies too, and loves them the same way how he loves you… So don’t make it too complicated, God knows what to do with their life, you just bring them to him in prayer in Jesus name .. I hope it will help, it works for me. And I pray for that the joy will fill your heart and you will enjoy thet You are the child of God because of Jesus

  • Candace Hunter

    I’ve needed to get back into the Bible, having kids it’s easy to be pulled away from the source of the blessing.

    • Ruth Lorentz

      Me too! I find the SRT ones the most in depth and easy to read. So glad to start off the NY in his word.

  • Stacie Hauer

    I am most excited to start reading Matthew this New Year!!!

  • Keni NicheleWalker

    2018 is the start of new adventures & this plan is one of them for sure !

  • Kelsey Jopp

    So grateful for this study! One question—has anyone noticed any issues with the formatting of the text? I used the MSG translation, and verses were repeated 2-4 times before moving on. Then I tried NIV and it was fine?

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Kelsey, this is a known issue that should now be fixed in the newest app update! If you’re still having trouble, feel free to email us at [email protected]! – Abby, The SRT Team

  • Kelly Wilson

    Glad to be with like minded women and continue to grow in the word. Last year a difficult year, but a year that had brought me back to God. I feel at peace this year and not the anxious, negative mess from last year. I’m so looking forward to 2018 and sharing this spiritual journey and growth.

  • Welcome, new friends!

  • Lora Robinson

    Each day I love spending time with God. This is a new year and want to be closer to Him. One step and one day at time. ✝️

  • Hello everyone and happy New Year! This is my first SRT reading plan and I am SO excited to be able to learn more about the Bible and our Lord! This first day was GREAT and I can’t wait to read more! God bless you all!

  • April Osgood

    My goal for this year is to grow in my walk with Christ so what better way than to start with Matthew! So excited to start this plan and to keep going!

  • Ellie Holmes

    Happy New Year! This is my first SRT reading plan, happy to be here! My goal for 2018 is an extension of something I’ve already been working towards—trying to listen for and listen to the Lord & learning to discern his call.

  • Hello SRT members! This is my first time joining the studies and already I am excited in learning and growing in my relationship with God. What stuck out to me was “We cannot exhaust the depth of Him, but we can know Him.” I’m recently trying to better my relationship with God because I’m ready to commit and want to live my life for Him. I always had this thought that in order to be closer with God you had to know and understand and recite every possible scripture, prophecy, and book there was. Obviously this thought overwhelmed and intimidated me from wanting to start anything. But when I read that excerpt it was like a weight was lifted. What a great read to start this new year, I’m ready to learn from you all and enjoy fellowship!

  • Elizabeth

    my first time doing a study as it comes out. I really love these devotionals and am looking forward to using them to help me grow in Christ in this new year

  • Angela Jackson

    This is my first bible study and I am beyond excited to join this community. Lately I have felt that this has been missing from my life. I order the actual study late and am still waiting for it to come in the mail… I am reading along on the app though in the meantime!

  • Tarin Obbink

    I’m currently reading though the Bible in a year with my Life Group and we’re just finishing up Matthew. I’m excited for this study and to see what new things I learn!

  • Laura TaylorWailes

    I’m a night reader as well. My kids have a different study going on this month but I am excited for them to do the Matthew study next month and to use this month to learn and grow in my own personal walk with Jesus!

  • Sara Moore

    So excited for this year. I hope to read the Bible through this year and to follow all of the SRT plans. I teach Sunday school and children’s church and am the mother of 2 girls, 11 and 6 months, they need to see me in the word because I haven’t spent much time there in the past. My word for the year is “Grace” I need to extend it not just to myself and my preteen and to my friends and family who I am quick to judge. Can’t wait to grow closer to Jesus with all of you

  • Katy Parra

    I’ll be doing my readings at night after my girls are asleep that way I can truly concentrate on Gods word. I can’t wait to spend the next four weeks with these readings and teachings. Glory to God!

  • Jennifer Baughn

    This is my favorite Christmas gift. A way to walk closer

  • Aly Fenske

    This is my first study with SRT, and I love it so much already ❤

    Something simple that stood out to me today was in 1:20 where it says, “But after he had considered these things.” The word “after” really jumped out at me. Joseph had already though through the whole situation before God revealed His plan. God could have influenced Joseph’s decision right away, but He waited to see what Joseph would choose on his own. I never noticed it before, but it’s like God was waiting to see Joseph’s heart. Joseph could have shamed Mary’s family, made a move for her dowry, or even sentenced Mary to death, but he chose to divorce her quietly. And THEN God was confident that He could trust Joseph with raising His son.

    How often do we get frustrated that God “isn’t moving” after something bad happens to us, when really He’s just watching our character to see if we can really handle the next blessing? Wow…

  • Valerie Meeks

    Does the study just load one day at a time?

  • Meri Kate Mollitor

    A goal for myself this year is to spend more time in the word and grow closer to God. What a great way to kick it off!

  • Jennifer Lane

    Immanuel- God with us.

  • Jamie Jacobs

    Is this a 5day/week study or 7days/week? Thanks ladies!

    • Jenna Sorensen

      Technically 7 days. The weekends are designed for reflection and prayer with a short verse on each of those days .

  • Clarice Paterson

    my New Years resolution is to grow closer to god. I want to dive back into the word, it’s been some time since I’ve read scripture. I think this study on Mathew is a perfect start. Isaiah 9:6 was my favorite verse today.

  • Jennifer Bracy

    ❤️

  • Does any one else read the silence here?

    Matthew 2:1–23

    The Visit of the Wise Men

    2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

    Weren’t the people waiting. ..longing.. For their messiah? The leaders had put so many tassels on their righteous robes. . Man, and don’t I even do this in my own life. . In my own thoughts. . Less of me oh God.

  • Kelly Chataine

    Only way to start a new day and especially, a new week.
    My focus fell on these words: “He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears” . Wow! May righteousness be my belt and faithfulness the sash around my waist.

  • Happy to start the year with this word!

  • Jennifer Beasley

    Diving into His word on this first day of 2018 – I can’t think of a better thing to do.

  • Jessica Campbell

    So exited to be going through the book of Matthew with all of you amazing ladies! I’ve been praying to study along with my boyfriend as well, and he’ll be reading Matthew this month through He Reads Truth. Can’t wait to see how God works in 2018!

  • This is a great way to start the New Year..
    I feel blessed to have a chance to know my Lord and savior..
    Thank you SRT ❤️

  • Michelle Maynard

    Happy New Year! Excited to join you as we read Matthew, one of my favorite books of the Bible.

  • Lynne Palumbo

    Started my Christmas gift from my daughter, what a blessing to do this bible study with her, on the book of Matthew, did our first reading together, what a beautiful way to start 2018 with her and all of you

  • Rachel Parsons

    This is my first study with She Reads Truth. Looking forward to follow along as we unravel the story of Jesus.

  • Cherie Johnson

    What a perfect place to start 2018 – getting to know Jesus more.

  • Alexandra Trujillo

    This is my first SRT study and I am so excited to dig deeper into the gospel!!!

  • Happy New Year! Keep us updated on how the study goes!!!

  • feeling blessed and ready to begin the new year with the gospel! ♡

  • Zekara Palmer

    I did my study with my son this morning. And I am totally amazed at the faith, strength and courage of Mary and Joseph. Mary willing accepted God’s plan for her. While fully knowing it could bring her great personal discomfort and shame. And possible even death. Joseph then willingly accepted what God told him to be true ( that Mary’s child was from the Holy Spirit). Knowing his choice to stay could bring shame on his own family name. All of this would mean personal discomfort for both of them. Yet they both so willingly said yes! They choose to believe that God’s plan and love for them was far greater than any personal discomfort they may be caused from following him.

  • Linda Blanchard

    This study is the sweetest Christmas gift from my daughter. So excited to dig in. Happy new year, new me :)

  • Nicole Moynahan

    Happy New Year Sisters

  • I’m excited for this new study. It’s so refreshing to have found a women’s ministry where the teaching is biblical and has depth. I’m very thankful for SRT.

  • I’ve been involved in church off and on my whole life…but have always felt disconnected. I am diving deep into this study of matthew and I pray it allows me the true connection I seek. I’ve never been able to truly let go and give myself fully to him. I need that so bad. I see others experiencing it. I know that it is real…I just need it so bad for myself. Pray for me. Pray that this time in the word and time spent with him will draw me near to him.

    • Abby

      Prayed for you, Anita!! The best place to start with God is honesty…God isn’t afraid of our questions and doubts…he can handle them!! More importantly, he can “handle” us. He created us and knows our heart and longings. He even gave us the hope you have to know him, and he will fulfill it. Praise be to God, the only God, the one who is making all things new again!

  • Danielle H

    I am really excited to begin this adventure. This is my 2nd SRT study following the Advent study which was my first. I pray that I will stay on track and in the word each day as I typically tend to fall quickly off the wagon.

  • Happy New Year Sisters!

  • Happy New Year to all my SRT sisters! I regret so much not getting up early in the morning to start this wonderful study. The fireworks and the gun fire kept me up. Off to my first run of the year and looking forward to reading all your comments when I get back. I got as far as reading the Scriptures and Amanda’s study

  • Excited for this study of Matthew with SRT community. I just listened to “Simply Jesus” by NT Wright. It was a fitting prelude to this study. Today I’m most intrigued by Joseph listening to his dreams. Escaping to Egypt with a newborn based on a dream. Although Mary was likely on board immediately after what happened to her—pregnant by the Holy Spirit. After reading through the Bible in 2017 I am fascinated by the genealogy and divine origin of the scriptures.

  • Shai Cline

    Perfect way to start off 2018. Jesus is at the start at the center, yes!

  • Dana Ashley

    Happy New Year

  • I so excited about this study. My goal in 2018 is to be On Fire for Jesus. To grow in him in knowledge, to deepen my relationship with him and to be his hands and feet in today’s world. This study is perfect to get my started this year.

  • Valerie Cupo

    God has been in my ears for quite some time about letting my life spin out of control instead of giving the control to Him and it’s about time I listened. I’m looking forward to studying and praying with and for you all. Happy New Year!

  • Julie Lane

    My goal for this new year is Jesus. To know him, to grow closer to him, to look more like him. I can’t think of a better study to start the year with.

  • Mandy Ollila

    What a great morning to start! I can’t wait to delve deeper and recharge myself. I’ve had a slump of sorts these past 6 months. I’m ready to shed my skin and start fresh!

  • I am super excited about this study! God is so sovereign and nothing happens by chance. I literally just told my husband I wanted to study the gospels and now I get to study the first of the gospels with the wonderful ladies of SRT! Excited to join you ladies in this study! Praying that we grow in the knowledge of Christ and that it permeates every area of our lives! ❤️

  • Amy Hayse

    “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in darkness a light has dawned.” Hallelujah as we move out of the waiting of advent into the celebration of Jesus’ birth and a New Year! I am excited to study Jesus, our only light, in the darkness of winter. It was also so exciting to see all of the new sisters in our SRT community – Welcome.

  • This study will be a great supplement to the weekly Bible study group I attend. We just finished Adam Hamilton’s “Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph” and will next be using a cirriculum called “Jesus in the New Testament” so this particular study is very timely for me. I have a hunger and thirst to have a more intimate relationship with Jesus. 2018 is going to be great!!!

  • Lora Joy Adzima

    To know who Jesus is paramount to our spiritual growth. What a great way to start 2018 by digging deeper into the Word about Jesus. We can never study his life enough. Happy New Year!

  • Danielle S

    “This is Jesus.” So excited to walk with you ladies as we learn more about and draw closer to the Person of our faith!

  • Heard about this bible study on the radio earlier this week- and just remembered it today! Right on time:) So looking forward to being apart! God Bless and Happy New Year!

  • I am excited to explore with you all as he reveals more of himself to us each and every day.

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  • Sheronda White

    This is a great way to start the year…………a focus on Jesus!!! For he alone is more than enough!

  • Excited to start this study and learn more about Jesus with you ladies in this new year!

  • Angie Pairan

    So happy to have found SRT ! Ordered the Bible and February study yesterday
    When I received the welcome email I found a link to the APP that brought me to this Matthew Study! Looking forward to being The Word everyday of 2018!

  • Rhonda Jury

    Happy new year, fellow readers! Wherever you might be…your personal situation or your physical location in this beautiful world, I pray for each of you this morning…I pray you all feel as though you are finally “at home” through this on-line Community.

  • Annissa Hackney

    So excited to start the new year spending time daily in the Word. My prayer is that God will speak to each of us as we walk through this study together. This morning I realized that as I have struggled to “find” time to read my Bible each day, but I never struggle to find time to get on my phone or to eat a meal. I want to make Bible study and time sigh God a priority this year. I am so thankful for SRT & the ladies here to help keep me accountable in this. God bless each of you.

  • Glenda Eckert

    I can not wait!! So excited to study with all of you.

  • Leslie Mitchum

    Amen!

  • Christine Lewis

    My question is why this lineage goes down to Joseph rather than Mary. Joseph is what many of us would consider to be Jesus’ step-father. Yet Mary was considered a virgin, ensuring that Jesus would be born through a pure woman. What is the significance of the lineage going through him rather than Mary? Was it simply reflective of the culture of that time, or did God have a message by also choosing Joseph to be Jesus’ step-father? I know that I sometimes feel a connection to Mary as the mother of Christ. She had responsibility on her shoulder to bear Christ to the world. Similarly, we have the calling to bear the spirit of Christ to the world. Perhaps, Joseph was included in the lineage so that men could relate to the calling as well?

    • Danielle S

      I was wondering the same thing. This is what my Life Application Study Bible says: “Because Mary was a virgin when she became pregnant, Matthew lists Joseph only as the husband of Mary, not the father of Jesus. Matthew’s genealogy gives Jesus’ legal (or royal) lineage through Joseph. Mary’s ancestral line is recorded in Luke 3:23-38. Both Mary and Joseph were direct descendants of David. Matthew traced the genealogy back to Abraham, while Luke traced it back to Adam. Matthew wrote to the Jews, so Jesus was shown as a descendant of their father Abraham. Luke wrote to the Gentiles, so he emphasized Jesus as Savior of all people.”

      • Blinn

        Love this! Thanks for sharing. I had the same exact question as I was reading today’s study.

    • Rachel

      In that time & culture all social status was tired to the father – single women had little value – so if Jospeh didn’t commit to staying with Mary Jesus would not have had a family line to belong to. This lineage list was important to the Jews- and God knew that too! So He chose Mary & Joseph and with the help of some Angels told them what was happening. Thank goodness Joseph stayed – thank goodness Mary said Yes!

      • Dana Kay

        In my NIV study Bible here is the explanation: “Matthew does not say that Joseph was the father of Jesus but only that he was the husband of Mary and that Jesus was born of her. In this genealogy Matthew shows that, although Jesus is not the physical son of Joseph, he is the legal son and therefore a descendant of David”.

  • Jackie Price

    The last few years I’ve done a read through the Bible plan but towards the end of the year I felt like this year I wanted to slow down a bit and treasure the Scriptures and meditate on them a bit more. I was introduced to SRT a year ago and just really felt like the Lord wanted me to follow your studies this year. I’m excited to begin in Matthew delve deeper into Jesus.

    • Anna

      I totally agree! In the past, I have tried to read the Bible in large quantities but realized that I was not spending enough time to sit with Scripture, letting it sink in and then remaining at the forefront of my mind throughout my day-to-day life. Doing the SRT studies has really helped me to slow down and look at smaller chunks of Scripture.

  • Tiffany Hill

    ‘Healer, servant and friend’ words confirming something very exciting in my life. So excited to start my new year with this reading plan and make new friends from afar!

  • Lisa de Kleer

    Last October I had a dream I needed to study Matthew. I don’t normally have dreams with clear action items. I went back and started reading through the Sermon on the mount plan and I haven’t finished. I have 3 days left. 2017 had it’s tough times and honestly, I have been avoiding it because I am afraid of what God will tell me. I am feeling like this plan is God giving me another chance to listen to him. Although I’m still wary, thanks SRT and SRT community for supporting me through this.

  • Lina Klein

    I found SRT this morning and am looking forward to using it to help build my faith, understanding and good habits, with God’s help and your prayers. New Year’s blessings to all!

  • Chelsea Brown

    I have continually followed SRT and I have dove into many of the bible studies. Yet, this past year I took somewhat of a step back in my faith. It was not only one of the hardest years of my life but also one of the best. I cut ties with a family member which left me emotionally and spiritually drained. Yet, my husband and I gained our first child, our daughter, whom gave me my reason, my purpose. As I went to bed last night, I kept thinking about how I have constantly said in times of struggle this year, that I need to give it to God. He knows what is meant to happen. Now, beginning 2018 with this bible study on Matthew’s Gospel, I feel God telling me that He is with me and that my walk with him is what will help me endure all. The verses I constantly read is Jeremiah 29: 11-14. As I read Jeremiah 31:15 I couldn’t help but see that God knew what I needed. So grateful to start off this year, feeling refreshed knowing I can learn more about our God and understanding our Jesus.

  • I am excited to jump into this plan with all you wonderful women! I kind of fell off doing the Advent an when I went out of the country for a week, and then never picked it back up, so I am ready to start a new one. This has lined up perfectly with my own Bible reading, for a fee years I’ve been trying to read through the Bible and while it’s been slow I have made it through the old testament and am excited to dig deeper into the new testament than I have before!

  • I found some of the names in the genealogy hard to pronounce. And I also totaled the number of generations between Abraham and Jesus being 42. Matthew has always been one of my favorite books of the Bible and I was very excited that we were going to study this!

  • Rachael NicoleHammel

    I am really forward to digging in deeper to God’s word this year and learning how it all connects. What a great start! Thank you, SRT!!

  • Melanie Bisson

    Welcome to all the new sisters! SRT has been such a blessing to me this past year and I pray it does the same for you!

  • Rebecca Teague

    There are no coincidences… one of my New Years intentions is to read through the New Testament (starting with the Book of Matthew). as I woke on this first day of 2018 and was scrolling through Instagram I found this SRT gem!! So grateful to grow in my knowledge and understanding of Jesus with a community of believers!

  • Annebet Pettit

    I love this passage with the genealogies. Look at the women: Rahab, the prostitute from Jericho who believed in the God of Israel from the stories she’d heard; “Uriah’s wife,” Bathsheba — quite a dig there about David, recalling the fact that David had Bathsheba’s first husband killed to cover up David having coerced, illicit sex with her; Ruth, a foreigner from Moab, a people despised by the Jews; Mary, a unwed teenager who turned up pregnant. All laid out there for me to see that when Jesus says the last shall be first, the foolish will become wise, and the lowest will inherit the Earth, HE MEANS IT. His own bloodline is not sparkly clean of scandal, and you know his bloodline is important if Matthew, the Gospel written for Jews, of whom Jesus was one, begins his account with a genealogy. These women weren’t called to be part of Jesus’s ancestry because they were worthy, and we are not called to our roles in life because we are worthy, either. We are called because he chose us. We can succeed because he enables us. We can thrive because he lives in us. Amen!

    • Kari

      Annebet! Thank you so much for bringing even more meaning and depth to this genealogy. This was absolute beautiful! And just what I needed to hear!

    • Angela

      I love the inclusion of these women too! Just wanted to mention though, that Mary was not unwed. She was betrothed, which in the Jewish world at the time was the same as being fully married. Which is why Joseph was considering divorcing her, rather than simply breaking an engagement. Looking forward to this gospel study! Happy new year to all.

    • Brandi

      ❤️

    • G C

      I am fascinated by that as well. These women are so intentionally called out by name in this long list that is otherwise all men. He doesn’t want us to miss their story and doesn’t want us to miss noticing that every story, even the ones with failure and scandal at the heart of them can still be used for His glory in part of His amazing plan.

    • Leslie Mitchum

      Amen!

    • Jennifer

      Yes! I love that our God included women at a time and tradition when most would not. We are a part of his work. AND that Jesus comes from a mixed bag of sinners and Religious men, adulterers, Gentiles and Jews, good kings and bad kings, he is Messiah for all!

    • Dana Kay

      Amen!

    • Emily B.

      Called because He chose us—so good! Thanks for that!

    • Katie Morrison

      I have fears of failure, praise God that even out of failure the Savior of the world was born! I’ll fail, but He is in control always.

    • Kappi Rushing

      Amen! Well said! He uses all walks of life to do amazing things… still today!

    • Alexa Madeira

      I am in tears reading this!! Yes. Yes. Yes.

    • Sara Moore

      Rahab and Ruth are my favorite ancestors of Jesus. God can and will use anyone.

    • Tricia Cavanaugh

      Thank you for pointing this out.

  • Jennifer Vaughn-Estrada

    Oh, no recipes or crafts? :sad face:

  • Really excited to begin this study and gain a deeper understanding into who Jesus is.. perfect timing with the New Year and wanting to live a more Christ-like life this year!

  • My thoughts are from before the beginning of time God knew this entire intricate plan was going to take place with every detail entailed that happened. Including exactly how much we know about this story and prophecy. I’m so excited to dig deeper into who Jesus is and what he went through and how it all connects to the power of the resurrection! I’m excited to learn more about who God is and what He does through who Jesus is!

  • This is my first SRT study! I am excited to continue this study with amazing women of God that want more of Him! What a great way to start the new year with taking time to dig deep into the birth of Jesus!!

  • Happy New Year! I’ve started many SRT plans only to fall behind and then off the wagon. This year one of my goals is to study the word with SRT and attend my Catholic Church more.

    • Angela

      Welcome, fellow Catholic:) Nice to know I’m not the only one here!

      • cj8of8

        Diddo! Why are we closet catholics? I love that I’m catholic! I love even more that Jesus loves us all regardless!

  • This is such a timely study for me. I have been a Christian for a long time and during the Advent study realized that I was emotionally, mentally and spiritually worn out. My walk had become complacent and a little apathetic. Then this study…As Tina says, “But God”. I read the scripture and made a list of everything it told me about Jesus – He brings light to a dark world. He shatters the yoke of oppression. He is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. The Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength and knowledge rest on Him. He judges with righteousness and is faithful and we can trust Him. He was the plan all along. He is the Messiah that the world was waiting for. He is Immanuel, “God with us”, the one who “will save his people from their sin”. He is the Son of God, Savior, the Christ, Messiah.
    My head believes all of this, but my heart has been slow to keep up. I have become so focused on my circumstances that I forget that He is Immanuel, God with us, God with me. He is all I need to walk through this broken world. He is the light that shimmers along the edges.
    My prayer is to know Him more, to love Him more, to share Him more.
    Be blessed, sisters!

    • Susan

      Yes, “my head believes all of this, but my heart has been slow to keep up.” This is exactly where I have been as well. I pray for all of us in His Word, that we will be His light to this broken world, not just for others, but for ourselves as well. Sometimes it is easier to give to others and believe for them than for ourselves. May we look inward and believe the story for us as well! Thank you for your words.

  • Amy Cutlip

    Happy New Year! What better way to celebrate Christ’s birth and the light he granted us than studying his life. I can’t wait to spend 28 days getting to know this gospel. As (roughly) quoted, a child can understand it, but theologians have been studying it for thousands of years.
    My first full study with SRT, may this grant us peace and joy in the word

    • Nancy Ham

      Agreed Amy, “a child can understand yet it can be studied for thousands of years” (paraphrasing) struck me as well. Jesus and His his life is so simple and yet so so complex. I’m looking forward this study and I’m so happy to be starting the new year with Jesus!

  • Samantha Ward

    This is my second SRT study (I just finished the advent one) and I’m so excited to start. I ordered the bundle with the HRT book for my fiancé. He is skeptical about reading and digging deeper into the Word. This is definitely outside of his comfort zone. I could use some prayers that his heart opens up to Jesus and that this study of Matthew provides a solid foundation for his faith and understanding of the gospel. It’s like he has one toe in the water and I don’t want to be the one to push him, I pray that his eyes are opened up and he jumps into Jesus with joy and understanding and love. I pray that everyone has a blessed New Year’s Day!

    • Amy Cutlip

      Samantha, I pray for your future husband that he may come to know and love the word more deeply, and invigorate his relationship with Christ.

  • Melody Hester

    I have been a Christian for a long time and am super familiar with Matthew but this Day 1 reading brought me to an utter place of grief on Mary’s behalf….at the thought of all the baby boys under 2 years old being killed in looking for her baby boy, Jesus. She had to feel the weight of this horrific plan of Herod’s. I’ve never considered this before until this reading and am struggling not to HATE Harod very muchly today. Also grappling with Gods sovereignty and goodness in this scene of true history. I know it in my head but my heart is having to catch up

    • Deborah

      Wow, I’ve not ever thought of that either. Not from the perspective of Mary anyway. I have briefly considered the horror of the mass killing of these babies but not allowed myself to actually imagine not only the broad pain but also thinking of Mary’s fear for her child and probably her own life. They had to flee not only from just Herod but everyone is going to be looking for them. Their child is being taken because her child was born. Heart wrenching.

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  • Katie Proko

    Yea! Happy New Year! I chose the word “FOCUS” as my one word to carry me through the new year. With that- 3 “W’s”- Wake-up (early, before baby), Word (time in the word), and Workout. Pray I have the Godly determination to stick to it! Praying the same for all of you! Blessings to all!

    • ZFM

      Love it!

    • Amy Cutlip

      Katie that’s wonderful! My word is EMBRACE: the word, life, opportunity, doubt, fear. Embrace it all.
      I’m following Miracle Morning, which is similar to what you describe, you may want to check it out :-)

    • Leslee

      My Word is “Gather”. I have worked in ministry for the last 8 years but changed to a non-ministry job in November. It was hard at the end because I felt I was more going through the motions. And even though I was surrounded by my church family a lot I was not really intentional about gathering together for a purpose. I want to be more intentional about spending time with my sisters in Christ and all of us growing together in our relationship to Christ. So let’s all gather together here to seek the Lord this year!

    • Alexis

      God gives me a word each year and this year, it’s victory. That’s exciting, as the previous years have felt like anything but that. So I am ready for good. My plan is to spend more time in the word and in prayer, continue to work on getting healthy again, (a bout with cancer this year threw all that off track) and to worry less and let God take the reigns. Eager to find out what the Lord has planned for 2018 :)

    • L

      Love this – especially the 3 Ws
      FRUIT is a word that I will focus on this year. Fruit of the Spirit and ‘bearing much fruit’

    • Michelle Smith

      I love the 3 Ws! I’m going to use that too! Thank you!

  • Jackie Sandora

    This is my first SRT study – I hope of many! Looking forward to learning more of God’s word through this community in 2018!

  • Looking forward to studying Matthew and in it, knowing Christ more. Happy New Year folks!

    • Jami

      Happy New Year, Betsy! Have missed your insightful comments and pray that your world is righting itself with a job for your husband. Blessings!

      • ~ B ~

        Jami, Happy New Year to you! You are always so kind to think of me and your prayers are greatly appreciated. My husband has rec’d, as of December, a permanent position. It may require a move to TN for us, we won’t know for a few months, but it’s not like we haven’t done that before. And we are just so thankful for God’s provisions over us in all that time! He has been so faithful! Hope all is well with you and yours. Happy New Year!

  • Samantha Ragland

    I usually start the new year on a “read the Bible in one year” plan, but the past couple of years, I’ve gotten behind by spring and fallen completely off by summer. Smh.

    Looking forward to this 4-week study as both a change of my new year’s pace and as a way to fulfill my curiosity: I want to better know the character of Jesus so I can better be an example of His grace and mercy and peace in 2018. What better way than digging into Matthew with SRT? God bless you ladies. And Happy New Year!

    • Pam Barnhart

      Hi Samantha, I would like to just say forget the “reading of the Bible in one year”. Basically it just becomes a checklist and at the end of the year, you may say you read the Bible, but the real question is …..how much did you get out of it, following that plan?

      Personally, I think it’s better to focus on reading the Bible at a slower pace (ie, a chapter or two a day), read through all Bible comments (assuming you have a study Bible) and really try to absorb what that chapter is telling you. I’m sure you will find certain verses that pop out to you…..highlight those and dig deeper into those pop-out verses, do additional studying on those verses because this is God speaking to you where you are at right now. I think you will find by the end of the year, that you will have grown in your Bible knowledge and application.

      Another thing that’s interesting, is the next time you read whatever book/chapter of the Bible again, a different scripture will pop-out at you. This is how I study and how I’ve grown through God’s help (through Jesus and the Holy Spirit). I hope this helps you too.

    • Emily B.

      Love what you said about wanting to know Jesus’ character better in order to be a better example of Him. Good words for me to remember, too!

  • Clara Towry

    First full SRT study for me as well. Excited and expectant. ✨

  • Katalina Gonzalez

    Happy New Year to my SRT sisters and I hope our connection and relationship with Christ only grows deeper with every day that passes by… God bless you all!

  • Amy Pullinger

    Also my first full study with SRT. Excited to start 2018 getting deeper into the Word and growing in my knowledge of Jesus!

  • I am not only excited to start this study, one of many SRT studies for me but I am also beginning the daily devotional titled “Unto the Hills” by Billy Graham. I fell in love with it seeing a friends’ copy and you will too ❤️. Happy New Year, faithful She’s!!!

  • Happy New Year SRT! Blessing to you all for this coming new year. I am praying for you Colleen that the Lord will comfort you and shower His grace upon you as you walk through this valley.

  • Colleen W

    My first full study with SRT and I’m ready to know Him better. I am walking myself and two small children through a painful and unexpected divorce as my husband has turned from our faith and has another woman in his life. I want to look to the one who walked the earth but was not found by it.

    • Jeanna

      My sister, Colleen, I have walked in those incredibly painful shoes…. I will be praying for you. Please know these two things: you are not alone (even though you may feel loneliness) and He is able….
      whatever your daily needs are, He is able.
      You will find wisdom and support here. I share this with you, 2 Cor. 4:14-18. Know you are lifted up before Jesus today, Matthew ‘s Jesus, our Jesus, your Jesus.

    • ~ B ~

      My heart hurt for what you’re enduring this morning, it is a painful portion, I will be lifting you up in prayer and hopeful that you will feel and hear God the entire stretch.

    • Anna BuchananStroud

      May the Lord use His Word to bring healing and light into your family’s world!

    • D

      Colleen, I was right where you are 28 years ago. That’s a lot of years but I can still remember the pain and hurt. I just want to encourage you and to tell you that God is faithful and He will carry you through this and can heal your heart. Praying for you and that God sends faithful, wise friends to help you bear this heartache.

    • Mari

      Colleen, I will be praying for you and your small children.

    • Elizabeth

      I’ve been where you are. Praying for you and your family. Cling to the Lord because He will comfort you and see you through

  • Churchmouse

    Oh… And to talk to Him more!

  • Churchmouse

    It’s a good thing to crack open another SRT study! A good video to go along with this study is The Visual Bible DVD titled Matthew. Only Scripture is spoken and the presentation is excellent. “We cannot exhaust the depth of who He is, but we can know Him.” This is my prayer on this first day of 2018: to know Him more. To see Him more. To love Him more. To share Him more. Amen.

  • Allyson Reedy-Mead

    As someone that is a baby Christian as my mother calls me, I am very excited to start this study and learn about who Jesus is and begin my relationship with God. Bless you all and I pray and 2018 brings new, exciting and enriching experiences for all of us ❤️

  • What a wonderful way to start the new year.

    Looking forward.

    Happy New year SRT family. Praying Gods abundant Blessings over you throughout this coming year.. with love and best… Tina xxxx

    • Bessie

      Happy New Year to you, Tina. I enjoy your comments very much and appreciate your honesty and openness. May God bless you in this coming year. And to all of the SRT women, may God bless you and keep you this year. I treasure you and look forward each morning to see what you have to say. I learn from you and pray for you in your struggles. I love you all!

    • Jeanna

      Thank you, Tina. I am always blessed when I get to read your input…. happiest of New Years to you!

  • Samantha Ridner

    Super excited to start this study. I think it will be a great way to start off 2018!

    • Rachel Anne

      I do too! I love these devos and am excited to begin a new year of reading them! They are such a blessing! I am also looking for a read the Bible in a year plan–I am new to this app but I am wondering if I can find one on here.

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