“Let us strive, every year we live, to become more deeply acquainted with Scripture.”
“I plan to read the passage that will be preached on the next Lord’s Day.
I plan to pick one Bible book a month to study deeply.”
This has been my plan for the last four years. I’m usually preaching most Sundays, so reading the passage is a necessity, and in The Big Read (our church-wide Bible Reading Programme) we read a book of the Bible together each month.
This year – 2017 – I’ll be reading through Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy.
I’ll also listen each day to Glen Scrivener’s excellent devotional through the Bible: Reading Between the Lines.
(Photo: Ben Marshall)
This new video blog will take you through the Bible phrase by phrase, from Genesis to Revelation, from ‘In the beginning…’ to ‘Hallelujah!’ stopping off at each famous line along the way in daily 6-7 minute videos.
For the last couple of days, I’ve had it on in the morning while I’ve been sorting out the kids brekkie’s (come next week it will be on in the car to listen to with my daughter when I take her to school), and have enjoyed beginning the day by having my thoughts directed to Christ.
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Okay so there are lots of Bible reading plans you could use in 2016.
It won’t get you through the Bible in a year (it takes 4 years) but it’s easy and manageable.
Here’s how it works. Read 1 Book of the Bible each month as many times as you can. This year we’ve got the delights of: Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Daniel, Esther, Ezra-Nehemiah, 1-2 Chronicles, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John.
At the beginning of each month I’ll preach at church then post online an overview of the book we’re reading giving some introductory comments, an outline of the book’s structure, and some ways we see Jesus in the book.
So why not join in by reading Ecclesiastes in January.
As a bonus this year I’m adding some extra components to this programme. In addition to reading through the month’s book.
1) Each week read the passage being preached on Sunday.
2) Each day read and pray through a Psalm (preferably the same psalm every day for a week).
3) Each week study an individual proverb (starting from Proverbs 10:1). It will take you years to get to the end of chapter 31 but going slow will be worth it!
So this is the plan I’m going to be using in 2016.
Yes, I’m talking to myself here.
And there are no shortage of Bible Reading Plans available to use.
My 3 favourite ones are these, and the best thing about them is that they are so simple to follow:
1. The How to Master the English Bible Plan
This plan is taken from How to Master the English Bible by James Gray. Here’s how it works. You read a book of the Bible, and then read it again and again until you have read it 20 times. You then do this for every book of the Bible.
2. The Bible Read Through Plan
Ron Frost explains how this plan works. “The purpose is to read the Bible for flow in the same way we might read any good book: whenever the time offers itself.” This will probably lead you to reading through the Bible 2-3 times a year. Peter Krol has proposed a similar plan.
3. The 1+1+1 Plan
1+1+1 is a simple way of reading the Bible that fits with The Big Read Initiative we are doing at Banstead Community Church. Here’s how it works: Choose 1 book of the Bible that you will read at least once over the course of a month. Read 1 chapter each day. Spend the rest of the day thinking about 1 verse from the chapter and praying it for yourself and for others.
What plan will you be using?
Read the Bible praying, “Father, hold my mind’s attention. Wake my heart’s affection. Speak for your glory and my holy joy.”
— John Piper (@JohnPiper) January 12, 2013
1+1+1 is a simple way of reading the Bible that fits with The Big Read at Banstead Community Church.
Here’s how it works:
1 – Book of the Bible that you will read at least once over the course of a month
1 – Chapter to read each day
1 – Verse from the chapter to spend the rest of the day thinking about and praying for yourself and others
Simple isn’t it.