Read Through the Bible In 2015
The Psalmist says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening to the eyes” (Psalm 19:7-8).
In the New Testament, as if the Psalms were not clear enough in their testimony to the importance of knowing God’s Word, Peter breathtakingly writes that the truth revealed in the Bible is more sure than the vision he (and James and John) had in person of the glorified Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration (2 Peter 1:19)!
For these reasons, I would like to encourage our faith-family at The Journey to take this last day of this year to plan how we are going to read the Bible in 2015. Don’t leave it to chance.
I'm inviting you to read through the Bible with me in 2015, and I've selected two different options to suggest to you (but feel free to use any plan you are comfortable with):
This option systematically works through the OT once, the NT Twice, and the Book of Psalms twice throughout the year by telling you which chapters to read daily.
If this plan seems a bit daunting to you and you are unsure that you can read that much daily, do not worry. Set a different goal for yourself. If you’ve never read through the entire NT from beginning to end, just do the NT readings. Challenge yourself to read through it once or twice this year. Or, if you’ve never read through the OT from beginning to end, challenge yourself to do only the OT readings.
Whatever you decide, pray for grace to be faithful to your plan. And, ask God to reveal himself to you as you engage him through his Word.
Option 2: Reading through the Bible Program for Shirkers and Slackers (I didn’t name it and don’t like the name, but I do like the plan)
Few things discourage us more from reading the Bible through in a year than falling behind. So, if you’re the person who doesn’t like a daily checklist but would like to read through the Bible in 2015, then another way to accomplish this is to read through sections of the Bible with each day focusing on a different genre.
So throughout the year you read the following:
- Sunday: The books of poetry
- Monday: The Pentateuch
- Tuesday: O.T. history
- Wednesday: O.T. history
- Thursday: O.T. prophets
- Friday: N.T. history
- Saturday: N.T. epistles
Whatever plans you make for reading God’s Word in 2015, I pray you would be able to say with the Psalmist, “My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times” (Psalm 119:20).
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