Resolve to Read the Bible in 2016!
Many Christians resolve to read through their Bible in a year. They usually make this resolution on January first. Their efforts begin quite well. But, as is typically the case, they begin to fizzle out somewhere around February or Leviticus (whichever comes first).
Allow us to give you a couple of tips that will hopefully let you show yourself a little bit of grace.
1. Reading through the Bible in a year is not as important as just making a habit of reading every day. Don't let the fear that you won't actually finish in a year convince you that you should therefore give up. That's like letting the knowledge that you probably won't ever run a marathon cause you to give up exercise altogether.
2. Unfortunately "falling off the wagon" is really easy. But, fortunately, getting back on is just as easy.
3. Find a Bible reading plan that works for you. There's no "cookie cutter" plan that will serve everyone equally well.
The following is a list of plans that we think you might find helpful.
The Bible Eater Plan:
This play on words is based upon the idea that we are to "feast" on God's Word, Read more about this plan here.
The ESV (English Standard Version) Read Through the Bible Plan:
Four daily readings taken from four lists: Psalms and Wisdom Literature, Pentateuch and History of Israel, Chronicles and Prophets, and Gospels and Epistles. Download Here
The McCheyne Reading Plan:
Robert Murray M'Cheyne was an early 19th century pastor and
preacher in Scotland. Amongst his legacy is a well-known scheme for daily Bible reading.
In its original formulation it takes the reader through the the Old Testament once and the
New Testament and Psalms twice per year. This means reading about four chapters a day,
taken from different parts of the Bible. Find it Here.
Professor Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System:
Reading ten chapters a day, in the course of a year you’ll read the Gospels four times, the Pentateuch twice, Paul’s letters four to five times, the Old Testament wisdom literature six times, the Psalms at least twice, Proverbs and Acts a dozen times, and the OT History and Prophetic books about one and a half times. Find it here.
Read through the New Testament in a year, reading Monday to Friday. Weekends are set aside for reflection and other reading. Especially beneficial if you’re new to a daily discipline of Bible reading. Download it here.
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