Receiving daily intake of the Word of God is vital for the spiritual health of any Christian. One of the ways to create the habit of being in the Word and also to expose yourself to all of the Word of God and not just your favourite portions is by using a Bible Reading Plan.
January 1st marks the beginning of a new year and the beginning of a new decade. It is the perfect time to evaluate your current reading habits and determine to dig deeper into God’s Word during 2011.
Here is a list of Bible Reading Plans that may help:
52 Week Bible Reading Plan [PDF]
Read through the Bible in a year, with each day of the week dedicated to a different genre; Epistles, The Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, and Gospels.
Chronological Bible Reading Plan [PDF]
Read through the Bible in a year in the order the events occurred chronologically.
Do you sit down and plan what you will be studying in your Bible study for the upcoming year?
Do you plan which Bible books to study?
Books on Biblical topics to read?
Sermon topics to listen to?
Questions to find answers to?
Do you plan verses to memorize?
What about a Bible reading plan?
Or like most have you not even thought about it?
I usually do some planning and preparing during the last week of the year, although I haven’t felt well and haven’t gotten a round to it yet.
Give some thought to where you are headed in your Bible study just as we would plan ahead for anything else important. That doesn’t mean you won’t get led off into some other direction sometimes but goals are important.
Here are some Bible reading plans:
- ESV Daily Bible Passage – I have used this one for years. I get an email/feed of the text (with a click link for audio if online) and I get a podcast of the audio. I have really enjoyed this method. I’m less likely to get distracted with cross references and writing notes when I have the audio going.
- M’Cheyne Reading Format – All I can say is this is a method that those fond of M’Cheyne really like, I haven’t tried it.
- Dr Horner’s Bible Reading Plan – This has you reading 10 chapters a day from a variety of books in the Bible. The amount of days rotate but this means that what you are reading together changes also. I have read lots of compliments of this reading system but it is a little too haphazard for me. However, I have done a modified version of reading maybe five of the different areas a day. Works better that way for me.
Some people make lots of New Year’s resolutions, while others have given up on them, knowing they tend to fail anyway. Many of us make new resolutions regularly whether we think about it or not. New Year’s is the most common day for most people. But parents and even children tend to make new resolutions at the beginning of the school year – better grades, more reading, consistent bedtime, no TV on school days, etc. We make resolutions when we move into a new house – maintain it better than the last, keep the yard up better, pay it off quick, keep it clean, etc. Even getting married or having a baby is a time when we tend to make resolutions about how we are going to act. How about the resolutions we might make after a health scare?
See we all make resolutions whether we think about it as such or not. My older kids have learned that when mom makes a new resolution that impacts them such as chores or school, just give it some time it will soon fail. They are probably right, because that new school idea while new and interesting for a time soon gets replaced by a better idea or turns out to be not so interesting after all.
There is even a Biblical basis for the resolutions to eat well and to take care of our bodies.
Daniel 1:8 (ESV) But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.
God honored Daniel’s resolve.
We as believers always have a great opportunity to start our new resolutions. Every single morning the Lord grants us new mercy and love so each day is renewed. We can start fresh and clean when we put our trust and faith in the Lord.
Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
In the letter to the Thessalonians we see Paul praying that every resolution of theirs for good and everything done of faith might be accomplished by the Power of Jesus. That is my resolution for the year that I, my family and all I know might do every good work in faith through the power of Jesus to glorify the Lord.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (ESV)
11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power,
12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray for us, that our God may make us worthy of His calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in each of us, and us in him, according to the Grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.