December 18, 2017

Dear Journey Readers,

Prepare yourself for a Journey that will be unlike any other . . .

Every annual Journey reading plan is special, but the 2018 plan promises to be unique! We will be reading through the Book of Romans. That’s right, we are taking the entire year to focus on reading this 16-chapter book. Why? Martin Luther describes Romans as “worthy not only that every Christian should know it word for word, but occupy himself with it every day, as the daily bread of the soul. It can never be read or pondered too much, and the more it is dealt with the more precious it becomes, and the better it tastes."

Besides new looks for The Journey website and app, you will find some new features for the 2018 Journey:

  • Every Friday is a review day—a review of the verses for the week, and a review of the entire chapter when we have finished a chapter. The Friday devo will be taking a broader view of the passages for the week.

  • Twenty-seven of the devos will be topic days, and we will cover many of the big theological ideas of Romans—salvation, justification, redemption, sanctification, propitiation, sin, reconciliation, and many others. Thus, when we read that all people are sinners in Romans 3:13-23, the devo for the next day will cover the topic of sin.

  • We are using a new commenting feature that will allow people to post comments as usual, but also to set up private groups, like community groups, to share your comments with. After discussion with some of our most faithful Journey commenters, we are implementing a 150-word limit on comments. We feel that 150 words is long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to keep it interesting and readable in our mobile society.

  • For our commenters, you will need to sign in to your Watermark account. If you don’t have one, don’t fret—they’re free! For Watermark members, it’s the same login you use for the 4B form.

  • At most, the daily readings in Romans will be only a few verses, and some days only a single verse. Use your extra time to read other resources on Romans, such as Tim Keller’s two-volume study, Romans for You, Dr. Tom Constable’s notes on Romans, or your favorite Bible commentary on Romans. Such resources will enhance and deepen your understanding of Romans.

Our prayer is that you will spend this year marinating in the wisdom of Romans and the salvation it presents and that you will allow its wisdom to influence the way you live your life, the way you treat others, and, most importantly, the way in which you obey and worship God.

Finally, you can help us in 2018 in a couple of ways. First, share with us your thoughts and suggestions about how we can improve The Journey. If you have ideas or if you see something that doesn’t look exactly right, let us know in a comment. We read them all! Second, use the share features and your social media to share Join The Journey with your friends and to tell others about The Journey. Reading Romans is all about good news—share it with others.

Looking forward to journeying with you in 2018!

The Journey Team

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