Why read the bible?

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It reveals God to us, shows us the way to be saved, brings us into a greater experience of friendship with God, and is a primary means of grace in our spiritual formation. This plan is created to assist us in the regular reading of the Bible that we might grow in our relationship with God and with one another as it changes us.

Practical instructions

  • Schedule a daily time and place. You must form a habit of reading the Bible.
  • Pick a Bible. We recommend the English Standard Version Study Bible.
  • Read the Bible prayerfully. Pray for God’s help to understand, enjoy, and apply what you read.
  • Look for Jesus. Look for Jesus and for gospel patterns in the text that you might enjoy Christ more.
  • Apply what you read. Respond to God’s word in trust and obedience.
  • Read it with a friend. Join others in using the plan and share with them what God is showing you. Make it part of your community or discipleship group.
  • Don’t give up. If you get behind, start again at the assigned reading for the day and move forward.

 

5 day a week reading plan

Since this is a 5 day a week reading plan, what do I do on the days I don’t have a set reading?

Plan to spend time with the Lord differently during those days. Spend an extra amount of time in prayer or fast. Pick one or two verses that you have read that week and meditate on them deeply. Spend some quiet time with the Lord and allow him to speak to you – listen. Be creative – spend time with God outside in nature! Enjoy your time with the Lord in a different way these two days before the next week begins.

 

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