The beginning of the new year is here, which means many of us are thinking about what things we want to accomplish over the next twelve months. Something that I have benefited from in the past, and have decided to do again, is to read the Bible through in a year.
A couple years ago, Pastor David preached a sermon that really convicted me. The short of it is that I realized I was not making God’s Word a priority in my life, so I decided to use the Bible reading plan that was in the back of my Bible as a tool to help me change. The plan broke up the reading so that I read three different parts of Scripture each day. This particular method of reading small chunks throughout the day helped me meditate and learn in a way that was beneficial.
As Christians, the Bible is our lamp and our guide. We can not follow what it says if we are not familiar with it. There is no better way to familiarize ourselves with Scripture than by taking it in on a daily basis. Scripture is living and active and is just as profitable and applicable to us as it was to those who lived when it was written. This is especially important to remember when reading books such as Revelation or Leviticus; these books can be difficult to understand and can seem daunting or unrelatable, however, they are beneficial for us.
In my own life, I have found that when I am not following any plan or schedule it is easier to put off reading my Bible, or to skip it entirely. Having a plan helps me stay disciplined while reading at a comfortable pace.
Seeing as it is now 2019, and knowing personally the benefits of reading through the Bible in a year, I wanted to share a few different types of Bible reading plans that you might find helpful.
Read through the Bible in the order the events occurred chronologically.
Reading ten chapters a day, in the course of a year you will 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 Old Testament history and prophetic books about one and a half times.
Read the New Testament and Psalms twice and the Old Testament once.