If you participated in our 2017 Bible Reading Plan, good work! Hopefully you took the time to read every day. Following the plan in the bulletin, you would have read the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs across the last year.
For this year, you definitely want to keep reading the Word of God. Whatever other books you take on reading or listening to, nothing is more important for the spiritual life and health of a Christian, and by extension, the local body of Christ, the church, than growing in the Word of God.
There are many plans out there. (Here’s a blog post with some information about reading through the whole Bible.) In 2016, we used the M’Cheyne Plan to tackle the whole Bible as a church. That one is always good for a whole-Bible read through, and there are a couple of different “chronological” Bible plans that are good as well. If you’d like to tackle the whole Bible, and you should if you never have, I’d recommend either the M’Cheyne or this Chronological Plan, which you can print out and use as a bookmark. (More about that particular plan is found here.)
This past year (2017), we created a unique plan using Logos Bible Software that guides us through the New Testament, the Psalms, and the Proverbs. For 2018, I’ve used the same tool to create a plan that takes us, as a church, back through the Gospels and Acts and into the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.) It’s a five-day-a-week plan again. I have it set up as Monday-Friday, with the idea that you can then read your Sunday School/Bible Study materials on Saturday and another passage for Sunday. Or, you can catch up if you fall behind.
It’s a slower read-through, taking time to digest more of the Word of God. Sermons will not be tied as directly to this reading plan as they were for 2017, but it never hurts to read the Word and Sunday nights may draw nearer to this calendar.
For easy access, the reading plan is on the church website. If you look on the right-hand side, you’ll see the church calendar, and each day has the passages for that reading. It will also be in the bulletin, and if you’re interested you can access the calendar here. (You should be able to add that as a calendar in your phone.) As you can see, you’ll read from the Gospels on Monday and Friday and the Pentateuch Tuesday-Thursday.
As I nail down the planning, I’ll add the projected sermon passages as Sunday readings.
However you choose to dig into the Word of God this year, remember that consistency is a crucial thing. It is far better to read 5 minutes a day than to read 45 minutes one day and not again for 2 weeks. Find a starting rhythm you can work with and then grow out from there!
And as always, I’m here to help—we’ll keep up doing Bible questions and such in the evening services most of the time.