Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bible Reading Plans 2010

Each year the good people at Between Two Worlds publish and link several resources to help us develop a daily and disciplined study of God's Word. And here are the options for the year 2010:

Bible Reading Plans

All of these are good options, and the best one is the one you use; that is, if you actually use it!

Here are some direct links to the option BTW posts, as well as a few others available on the Internet:

ESV Daily Reading (and listening) Plans
M'Cheyne Chart of Daily Reading - with Introduction by D.A. Carson
The Discipleship Journal One Year Reading Plan - Includes a variety of plan in a variety of versions
Bible - both NT or OT only plans.
BiblePlan - Can receive a daily email with reading.
Engage Scripture - An OT, NT, Wisdom Passage each day.

Engage introduces the importance of this process this way:

Why read the Bible anyway?

The Bible is God’s tangible way of directly communicating with us about who he is, what he values, who we are, why we exist… the list goes on and on. If we want to know anything about God, if we want to know God’s thoughts about us, if we want to know our purpose in life and what will happen to us after death, we must go to the only source that deals authoritatively with these concerns.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” In other words, it is good for us to engage with God through reading the Bible. Needless to say, the Bible is something every one who follows Christ must get…in our hands, in our heads, and in our hearts.

How do I read the Bible?

The Bible is not primarily a moral guidebook. The Bible, simply stated, is the greatest story ever told because it is God’s own story. Two guiding principles will help you as you endeavor to read God’s word:

1. The Bible is not primarily about you. If the Bible is about us it becomes a crushing burden, a set of moral principles that we must, but cannot, follow. Rightly understood, The Bible is not a book of virtues; it is the story of how God is redeeming his people and all of creation through Jesus Christ. The Bible is not primarily about us. The Bible is all about Jesus.

2. The Bible is not about our search for God. It is a story about God’s search for us. This story has four basic chapters: Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration
As I said, the best plan is the one that you (I) use! And use in a consistent, disciplined, and meaningful way. I hope the year 2010 will be year marked by this reality in your life.

3 John 8
Bill H.

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