The Bible is a collection of 66 books written by 40 different authors over a period 1500 years. The historical perspective and context of the Bible is important to remember. Even more significant is understanding that the Bible is God’s Word. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”—2 Timothy 3:16-17.
The author of Psalm 119 communicates the truth, influence and significance of God’s Word. The Bible is relevant for us today as it was when each book was written. We need to be equipped to serve God. May we pray for a desire and discipline to read, study, and apply God’s Word. Creating a reading plan is a step that helps keep us focused and accountable.
Below are some resources that are helpful in developing a plan Granted the resources below are not an exhaustive list. One suggestion is to begin in the book of John. As the Christmas season approaches there will be Advent readings as we remember, anticipate Jesus’ birth. Reading a chapter each day in Luke from Dec. 1 through Dec. 24 will complete the entire book.
An important reminder when reading the Bible is to ask, “what themes or principles are present in these verses” and “how is this verse/scripture text speaking to me and how can I apply it to my life”. If the scripture makes plain and common sense, the seek no other sense. God’s Word is true. Finding a study/reading plan is important as a follower of Christ. God’s Word is how we understand our purpose and how we live as disciples of Christ. Studying and applying God’s Word in our lives is foundational as we grow in our faith.
Apps for Phones
YouVersion, Dwell, Bible Minded, Olive Tree, Tecarta
Journibles or Journaling: Writing in your own words how the Bible text reads to you or how God is speaking to you through His Word. Journibles are books outlining different books of the Bible with space after each verse for one to take notes. Journibles are available for purchase through Amazon or Christian Book.
Other ideas include creating an accountability team by inviting friends and family alongside you to read through plans together. The most important idea/step is creating a plan that works for you and begin to let God’s Word change your life!