Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Bible Reading Plan for the Year Ahead

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. -Hebrews 4:12

It is the beginning of 2015, which means that it is time for people to make resolutions that will barely make it into February before they give in and return to old habits like a dog to its own vomit. Over the years we have all been guilty of not keeping our resolutions and many people have quit making them altogether. Instead of a resolution, I want to encourage you to make a daily habit of reading the Word of God and instead of doing this on your own and just picking up a random place, YouVersion has created a number of Bible reading plans to get you started and help you along the way.

A couple of years ago a friend and I committed to reading through the New Testament in a year together. The New Testament is not the only Scripture that I read, but it was one plan that kept me on track and that I had someone to keep me accountable as I went through the year. If you are not familiar with YouVersion than you need to check them out because they have tailored reading plans for everyone, eliminating any excuse.

The app is one of the most downloaded every year and it makes it easy to have the Bible with you and read it anywhere you are in the day. The potential danger that I found with a plan is that it can easily turn into something you just check off in the day because there is literally a little circle in the app that you check off after you complete the reading for the day. Many people are uncertain of what they are looking for when reading a passage of Scripture or how to get anything out of it; so I want to encourage you to ask these questions when reading through the daily passage.

Participative Bible Study Questions

1. What does this teach me about God?

2. What does this teach me about man?

3. Is there a sin to avoid or forsake?

4. Is there a command to obey or an example to follow?

5. What will I do as a result of what I have learned?

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