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BE RESOLVED TO READ YOUR BIBLE IN 2022

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December 31, 2021 8:30 am

BE RESOLVED TO READ YOUR BIBLE IN 2022

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December 31, 2021 8:30 am

 Have you ever made a resolution to read your entire Bible in a year and failed? Dr. Mikey Mewborn serves as the Vice President of Student Life of The College at Mid-America. Dr. Mikey Mewborn has developed a wonderful new program that is easy to follow. The “It is Finished 2022 Challenge” will guide you as you read your entire Bible, not in one year, but in three months. Dr. Mewborn talks with Chris Hughes about how to accomplish your goal of faithfully reading God’s Word. https://www.itisfinished2022.com/

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Hello this is Willa Hardy with man talk radio. We all about breaking down the walls of race and denomination your chosen Truth Network podcast is starting in just a few minutes. Enjoy it, share it, but most of all, thank you for listening to the truth.

Podcast network. This is good Truth Network this show is brought to you by generous Joe's coffee company with the Christian perspective, this is the answer that Christians and conservatives have been looking for a coffee company that gives back to causes you care about. Order your copy today at shop generous Joe's.org and even subscribe to a subscription coffee plan and never forget you love or causes you care about. Get ready. It's one of America's most important, influential, respected voices on cultural and political issues and apologist Christian political advocate and author. Here is the founder and chairman of the citizen for America foundation, Dr. Chris perspective in God's word develop a Christian worldview in modern culture is many of you know that the citizens of America foundation is moving our national hick to Memphis Tennessee in January and I'm excited to be opening a center for biblical worldview on the campus of Mid-America Baptist theological seminary. I want to tell you is one of the best seminaries in the country and they have a college as well. You're gonna want to learn more about mid America at the college of Mid-America and Mid-America Baptist theological seminary anywhere in a recent visit is caring for our move.

I was eating in the cafeteria had the privilege of meeting Dr. Mikey newborn Dr. Mikey newborn serves as the associate Dean of the College of Mid-America as well as a vice president of student life and he is the chair of the theology department and what that means is he is a very very smart man, but what I love about them is in ME.

This is complement so hopefully he will feel fitted is he doesn't come across as one of those deep theologians who can't speak English to communicate with people.

He is a great guy just sweet. He loves the Lord he loves people and and he was such a pleasure to get to know over at lunch today. That day I got to visit with Dr. me more and I could tell that he has a real passion for leading others to Jesus and he has a heart for the word of God. Unlike many people I've ever met.

He's developed a new Bible reading challenge never invited them here today to tell us about his new project, because you know our goal here is to encourage Christians to to develop a biblical worldview and then to take that biblical worldview out into the world, but not just to the world but into the arena of public policy and politics and how the world can we develop a biblical worldview. If we don't read the word of God.

You can't have a biblical worldview.

If you don't know what the Bible says and it might be scary to some of you to think about reading the Bible, but it's not that scary is not that hard to difficult and difficult to understand. In fact, when I think with the King, JC Mike written here ethic with the King James was written. It was written on basically a six grade level so you can understand the Holy Spirit will open your eyes if you just get God's word and read it. But today Dr. newborn is come to tell us about a program he's developed to encourage you to read the Bible. Dr. me warm welcome to the Christian perspective, I would so good to be here with you today. Really appreciate the opportunity. I'm excited to have you here not jealous, urine urine Memphis today were it's probably a lot warmer. I live up in the mountains of North Carolina and it's been cold these last few mornings getting up and I'm looking forward to being on your campus next year at Mid-America just excited about what God is doing there and I really want to talk about your program, but before we do that can can you just can't give a commercial, maybe many of our listeners may not of heard of the college Mid-America or Mid-America Baptist theological seminary.

Can you give the five-minute little advertisement telling a little bit about it, absolutely served as the vice president of life here at America Baptist logical seminary as well as the college at Mid-America and Mid-America is located in a perfect place right in the middle of the country that we train pastors we train leaders. We train people.

Whether it's in the college level with a Masters level or the seminary level we train them in all types of ways we train them in counseling.

We train them in to prepare for Christian ministry. We train them for leadership and or business and things like this, but we do that because we know that whether person is by vocational working. A secular job maybe serving at their church, or if there called to the ministry to the vocational ministry we want to make sure that they are prepared with a heart Bible evangelism and missions and for us. Those are the three things that we always want to let people know about is that our school truly believed in me and Aaron seen the sufficiency of the word of God. So we are all about the Bible were all about evangelism, because we have requirements on our students to share their faith. So each week.

Our strict, our students go out and share their faith with people in the community whether they are here locally in Memphis or whether they live in New York City. Our students are taking the gospel to the street and so we love that and then the third part of it is mission were such a huge proponent of getting the gospel into any community and so missions is a huge thing for us so we train up leaders not only be great missionaries in the community, but also to take that the mission no heart or maybe the evangelistic heart they arty have into wherever God calls them. So in order to do that you have to have solid Bible training so everything that we do here with Mid-America is to train people for solid Bible training and an and I have a orthodox that is at the highest level there's couple words that we talk about at Mid-America that are very meaningful to me. The first thing is orthodoxy. Orthodoxy is the idea of having the right thinking or knowing the right things in believing the right thing and it orthodoxy, but the other side of that is worth the proxy. What we do is we are doing the right things were living out the right type of light and so if our orthodoxy is right worth the price is right. Were going to be right with the Lord wherever we are. And that's our heart as a as an institution at the college in a seminary.

We want people to be trained.

We want people to excel in whatever they do when we want to comment launch them into ministry being the sharpest knife that they can actually be you know the Bible is called a double edge sword for reason it cuts to the deepest part will we believe also that we need to sharpen our students so that when they go out.

They are piercing and making kind of hit the ground running wherever they land and they can take the gospel there, and so Mid-America is one of those schools, two-term graduate so I'm train of Mid-America but it's one of those schools that I came here I moved all the way here from Tampa Florida and I moved up to Memphis just for the fact because of the Bible.

Evangelism and missions component of it and so I wanted to be here because I stall the value of not just knowing what the word of God has to say what applying it to my life and so I'm a huge fan of Mid-America but also at the same time. I'm excited train other people with that same mindset and so love Mid-America encourage anyone to check us out and do that in a BTS that you do you and of course you can check us out@thecollegemid-america.com and so there's all kinds of ways to learn more about us, but please give us a call. Check us out, however, that is, would love to talk to more about the college and the something thank you, thank you for sharing that because you before couple years ago. I don't really know anything about Mid-America in little over a year ago I had the opportunity to visit the campus for the first time. What really impressed me in the day and age were so many seminaries are taking in critical race theory is not teaching the sufficiency of Scripture, and that kind of thing that is not the case at Mid-America CRT is not entered and will never enter I would dare say the halls of that great institution you teach the sufficiency of Scripture and inerrancy of the Bible.

All of what you said solid Bible training and is because of that that citizens for America wants to partner with Mid-America and open this biblical worldview center in January so I can't wait for that. But today we want to talk about a program that you have developed called it is finished. The it is finished 2022 challenge tell us what that challenges alright. I'm really excited.

So, if I might work up a little high. In this go with it, but am this is a Bible reading challenge that last for three months so it's a three month Bible reading challenge that begin in January.

Generally first. Actually, 2022 and will go through March 31, 2022 and so you can read the Bible or you can listen to the Bible all the way through those months to give your reading plan for its got everything that you need to be able to accomplish this challenge and soap. We are excited to not just take this to our students or churches in the local area. Memphis but works cited. This challenge is actually reaching out into other countries. We have people in Indonesia, Nepal, Romania, Belgium, Finland, Netherlands, people are calling us in and reaching out to us from everywhere to find out more about this challenge, so check it out. It is finished, 2022.com it is an outstanding program.

How did you come up with this, long story will try to make it as brief as I can but it's one of those stories for me that came out of a dark time or hard time for me. Six years ago I was pastoring in Emmanuel Baptist Church, which is the church in Cargill Tennessee which is just east of Memphis wallows pastoring a church. I developed pneumonia and it was a terrible case of pneumonia I have for about 3 to 4 months and I could barely walk to the mailbox to get the mail.

That's how hard it was on me. I just I all I could do was lie on the couch all day or line the bad. It was a very, very dark time and while I was doing that while I was conscious bedridden. I just picked up my Bible and I said you know what, I'm a little nervous about my life right now little nervous about my physical life and and that made me think about my spiritual life and I just got into the word of God and I began reading it, starting in Genesis you know and I just starting time just jumping all around but I noticed that there is a major theme throughout the Bible, of course, that we know is theologian and and and Bible students is that Jesus Christ is Lord, and he is the Savior of the world and of course the steam I could just see it every page everywhere is looking and anti-read the Bible, which I probably read the Bible about two times through in those 3 to 4 months. I realized the church needs to be in the word of God because they need to hear from the primary source we hear from a lot of secondary source of the day.

A lot of books on the shelf and we can go and read any books any day of the week it seems like the word of God is a supernatural book. It is a special God inspired God brief book that we need to get in us and sorrows convicted by that and so I led our church through he Bible reading challenge.

The next year and so we actually did it to month Bible reading challenge, which was pretty extreme at the time and a lot of our folks just shot away from it or they balked at the idea of it first, but then January 1 they started an overwhelming majority majority of our folks at our church, reading through the Bible with with me and so we went through it. I preach messages that went along with what we are really and we saw a tremendous revival take place. We saw relationship restored.

We saw evangelism happening like I haven't seen before at our church. We saw marriages, strength, and we saw parenting strengthened.

We actually saw Sunday school class is really doing Sunday school in a in a special kind away all that was happening.

And so God bless our church was so neat about it for me is that even though some people didn't finish reading in two months. Each month after that somebody would come up to me or few people, I know it to be too much or it took me three months but I finished reading the Bible I know took me four months, but I finished five month, probably the greatest experience for me was in the month of September 9 month nine month into that year and older gentleman came up to me and he said hey pastor, I know that you gave us a challenge to the beginning of this year while on this show is brought to you by generous jokes coffee company with the Christian perspective, this is the answer that Christians and conservatives have been looking for a coffee company that gives back causes you care about. Order your copy today at shop generous Joe's.and even subscribe to a subscription coffee plan and never forget the coffee you love or causes you care about no women month nine but I just finished reading all the way to the Bible industry my life and he was crying in front of me and grabbed me and hugged me says I'm so proud of my pastor well is one of the highlights of that year for me because this man said I'd never read it. I've never read a book in my life but I read the Bible this year and so it's things like that. I saw I saw truly life-changing so that Got me thinking about how can we take this to the world well life happened. You can expect and we are blessed we are little baby boy in and we built the house and so a lot of things were going on with this year because that's boarding this year about the Southern Baptist convention with so many of my closest friends, right 16,000 of us probably bear something like that for on what we were all there and we were we work. We're hearing a lot from the stage. I heard a lot of talk going on in the audience about the inerrancy of Scripture and the infallibility of Scripture and the sufficiency of Scripture and I was so convicted because as I sat there and hearing everybody.

Debate these topics and talk about these things. I just thought about infallibility and inerrancy insufficiency are all great thing they don't mean anything if you don't actually read the Bible. It's kind like I act around others. I love Toyota vehicles eye level and I actually have Toyota truck a level and so one of things that I believe the reliability of the Toyota truck really do well if I don't have one idea of its reliability for meat is really making the same way but sufficient Scripture how sufficient I think it really is.

If it's not in me, it can't work in my life and so I kind came to that realization. At the same time while I was at this about convention. I got a text from my mom who said hey you need to call your dad. He is really reading the Bible and so I called my dad meant. I heard you preach a sermon recently and it really compelled me to study the Scripture sought to start reading and we talked for a few weeks and within six weeks, my dad completed reading the entire Bible.

And when that happened, I knew that God was impressing on my heart I needed to do something about this and so that led me to push forward with a with a website and launching this challenge in bringing this to our students here in America and also bringing it to my church in all different people. Those involved with and so that's what I've been doing and so that's how it is finished. 2022 challenge started.

It started with just a with II a time of sickness in a time of hurt, which led to that same kind of hurt for our nation and for convention and for four of the world are we getting the gospel are we getting the word of God in the people because we know one thing for sure. The Bible were and so if we can get it in as we know we know it's going to bring blessings like weeds can imagine how started.

That's a neat story and and you're right because most Christians are people that profess to be Christians never read the Bible are hardly ever in George Barna has survey recent less than 10% of pastors preach the whole word of God so and I think if I think a faithful Christian is someone who attends church, according to a survey once every three weeks. So if you're only less you say you go every week.

If you're only going to church on Sunday year 30 to 45 minute sermon and you're just getting like a happy meal instead of some deep meet on Sunday morning the you never read your Bible yourself, how do you know what God's word says and and I tell people you there there like God doesn't hear me does listen to me will you know you have to get if you want your God Sandy, you've got to get into God's word and read his word and he will speak to you in a mighty way and I love it in and he didn't know about this challenge that you have met my son, 17-year-old son earlier this year told me that I went out on the start reading more on my Bible. I think you have been reading. I call it, and I'm not picking on him here about timeout him, but I been guilty of this. My life for you and I'm sure you've never done it because your pastor and seminary professor, but I call it Bible roulette you. I gotta read something today so let me just grab real quick and you open my Bible catalog swirl and you know that the revolving of a revolver of a good.

Just open the bubbly where work, read a couple of verses and go. And that's not really what God intended us to do because those verses to be out of context or you don't know the story behind them or whatever's going on, so my son actually read the whole Bible in less than three months and it was less than an hour a day. People realize in about 70 hours I think is and you probably bettered me think of around 70 hours. You can read the entire Bible so it can be done, yet we read other things we read newspapers. We most of us spend more time than that on Facebook every day. So just if we dedicated some of that time to reading God's word and I can tell you my son's life not and he wasn't a bad kid before that I have seen such a maturity in him in the past year and so he did that it now is going back and things of the red and he was interested in. He's doing a deeper dive in a deeper study and some of those topics and he's told me numerous times.

I had no idea the Bible said that her had no idea that God said this in any doesn't go to a Christian college EEs and engineering student and in school in Florida and is given him the opportunity to witness to his friends and have deep discussions about what the Bible says and if he had not read it.

He would know this thing so I'm proud of you for coming up with this man after wonderful testimony in an art I agree with what you're saying about context what your son is saying that when you read the Bible in a short timeline. This what it does is it puts everything in context for you exist.

If this idea of knowing where milk Melchizedek fits her deliverable work or where even just the gospel and what they're really saying in and how the resurrection laid out all that stuff matters within context. I think we live in a world today that is built on soundbite and talking point hashtag and I think anyone can take our soundbites and make them their owner they can change them to mean something that we might not intend them to mean, and what happens when you read the Bible as a whole is a true redemptive story that God is revealed to us what it does is it puts things in perspective and in context so that we know what God meant when he was saying a specific thing so I love the idea of getting all that together reading as a true narrative and taking in the true context that God has for so that's that's wonderful to hear that Joe is as were entering the year 2022 and and people were thinking about resolutions or goals they have for the next year if someone would like to read the Bible in three months and it it it is good to have a guide to do this. How do they sign up. And what exactly is a know you have a website what's available to them as it is it just a reading planner what all is available to them on the website how to they do it yet Great question. So the best way to sign up is to go on tour website which is it is finished, 2022.com on the website during season testimonials of people that have Artie done that. They're also going to read about the importance of a study like this.

And then there's ways to connect on Facebook twitter Instagram and YouTube and things like that so there's going to be a community of folks that are going to be working together doing this at the same time. I think that's good for accountability as well, but the sign up is so simple once you go onto the website TAB SAYS THAT THE CHALLENGE AND THEN ONCE YOU CLICK ON THAT. IT'LL TAKE YOU TO THE SIGN-UP SHEET YOU FEEL THAT IN AS SOON AS YOU'VE DONE THAT IT'LL SEND YOU AN EMAIL FROM ME THAT'LL SAY WELCOME TO YOU KNOW TO THE CHALLENGE. THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE CHILD ALL THAT AND THEN IT'LL GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO TWO TO RECEIVE HER.

IT'LL GIVE YOU THE READING FOR EACH DAY SO JANUARY 1 TO HAVE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF READING JANUARY 2 HAVE CERTAIN OPERATING AND SO WILL HAVE THOSE COUPLE A GREAT DAY AT THE END OF FEBRUARY AND SO YOU GET A LITTLE TIME TO GET KETCHUP DAY. BUT WHATEVER MIGHT BE. YOU CAN DEFTLY FIND OUT MORE ABOUT IT. THEY ARE ON THE WEBSITE. SO THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT. YOU MENTIONED WHEN YOU WERE A PASSING HE MAY STILL LEAVE IT WHEN YOU WERE PASTORING A CHURCH IN OVERDOING THIS THAT YOU PREACH SERMONS WITH IT. HAVE YOU AND YOU MAY BE DOING THIS ARE READY. IF HE THOUGHT ABOUT PROVIDING LIKE A SERMON GUIDE IF YOU WILL TO PASTORS IF THEIR CHURCH TAKES HIS CHALLENGE THAT MAYBE THE PASTORS TO DO LIKE YOU DID PREACH CERTAIN MESSAGES TO GO ALONG WITH THE READING.

AT THAT TIME. YEAH SO I GOT KIND OF A PLAN OF WAYS TO DO THAT IN A LIVE CONCERT, REACHING OUT TO ME ABOUT THAT THING. I AM THINKING ABOUT DOING THIS ABOUT DOING THAT AND SO WHAT I DO IS I JUST I JUST SEND THEM WHATEVER THEY NEED AT ALL WHATEVER I'VE DONE THE PAST A LOT OF TIMES GUYS THAT ARE DOING THIS THEY MAY HAVE A CERTAIN STYLE AND ADAPT CERTAIN STYLE. THEY MIGHT SAY WHY JUST WANT TO PREACH THIS CHAPTER OF THE BOOK OF JOSHUA ARTIST WANT TO PREACH THIS CHAPTER WILL THIS FOCUS ON ISAIAH IN ISAIAH AND WHEN THEY DO THAT AS THEY SAID IT THEY WILL MIGHT COME TO COME UP WITH THEIR OWN PLAN BUT YEAH I AM MORE THAN HAPPY TO GIVE WHATEVER I HAVEN'T SO LONG PASTORS OF REACH OUT TO ME AND SO THEY'RE TAKING IT TO THEIR CHURCHES THAT THINK I NEED TO SEE TO SEE THEM EMBRACE IT AND THEY CREATE THEIR OWN PLANS AS WELL BECAUSE THEY MAY WANT TO DO SOMETHING FOR EVERY SERVICE SO THEY HAVE A SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE AND THEN SUNDAY NIGHT SERVICE. MAYBE WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE DATE DATE TRY TO DIAL IN FOR EACH OF THOSE DIFFERENT WAY OF SHARING WITH HER STARTING SO ANY WAY TO DO IT AND THEY IF THE PASTOR WANTS TO DO IT THROUGH LISTENING AND THEY WANT TO REACH YOU. CAN THEY REACH YOU THROUGH THAT WEBSITE.

THEY CAN THROUGH. THEY CAN DEFTLY REACH ME AND I DON'T MIND GIVING THEM MY MY ACTUAL EMAIL ADDRESS WHICH IS MIKEY newborn@gmail.com. That's the way I usually encourage people to reach me, so I don't mind.

Given that out to them and they can reach out to me in that way, but that is something that we will Florida be posting on the website very soon. Ways to get in touch with us because very very important as things go on thinking they can reach out and so absolutely and also very involved through social media. So if somebody wants to send something into it. Social media like Facebook are more than welcome to do that will be able to connect with them that way. It is their merchandise for sale, website, or maybe promotional materials of people and can use the church to help promote it. Yes, exactly. We do have some promotional stuff and so we have some T-shirts. We have some journal things and they can go on online and get some of that March if you want, but also working as a checkout challenge were calling a butte is finished challenge were people will hold up your shirt and they're going to invite people to be a part of the child with them. So to become like you remember the ice bucket challenge or something. Let that be like that with the other T-shirts that have accepted the challenge to redo the Bible three months, it is finished. 2020 challenge. Come and join me.

I'm a do this I challenge you that I think so wouldn't be doing that this coming week and also into next week that would be something that we do and then also working to start posting them were sort of uploading this to our website a church section where somebody want items to be able to push to their church, whether logo things or whether it posters or anything like that. It'll be available for them on our website as well. So that's something that's coming as well. So, neat work in this process of developing all of this, but at the same time, people are just grabbing hold of and saying I want to do it so work were trying to work with people is the best we can, because there's a great need for this is exciting so we've only got about a minute left if people participate about, how long will they need to set aside each day to read the Bible. What I tell people is it's about.

It's about 30 to 45 minutes a day and I know it seemed like there's a little bit different there but the New Testament go a lot faster.

But the Old Testament you cannot work through a little bit so I encourage people they want to read it for themselves or they want to listen to it you can always turn speed up if you're listening to it and you can do that on any Bible lab UCSB Bible lab for a lot of my stuff so I just can't crank up the speed little bit listen to and it always it's always easy to do while you're working out of doing your chores are great idea to listen to us about me working tell the website one more time. Yet it is finished, 2022.com come and check it out, sign up and accept the challenge so it is finished, 2022.com or you can email him at Mikey newborn@gmail.com that are me one. Thank you so much for allowing God to use you in this way. I just think you can be blessed mightily and thank you so much for being on the program today often.

Thank you so much Chris for having folks like you for joining me today. I'm Chris Hughes and this is the Christian perspective please subscribe like a podcast and share with your friends on social media was good. Change the culture for Jesus.

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