2012 starts on a Sunday! What a great way to commit to read the Bible through in 2012… start this Sunday, invest about 20 minutes a day for a year, and you’ve done it!
We face challenges in our walk with Christ, and one of those challenges is to shrink back from spiritual opportunities. Why do we do this? We know that reading the Bible is good for us, the Bible even tells us so.
This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth,
but you shall meditate on it day and night,
so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.
For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8
Brad Waggoner shares some research about the importance of Bible reading in his book The Shape of Faith to Come. According to LifeWay Research, what is the most common spiritual discipline among Christians who are growing in their faith? You guessed it – daily Bible reading. If you want to grow spiritually, human research and biblical truth both reveal the importance of daily Bible reading.
In his book Read the Bible for Life, George Guthrie shares research that states that only 16% of church-attenders read their Bible every day. Another 32% read their Bible once a week. Which means on any given Sunday morning, more than half of the participants in worship have not read their Bible that week. No wonder our churches and small groups are anemic! The primary way God reveals Himself to us is by reading His Holy Spirit inspired Word.
Although it takes less time watch a sitcom, you can read the Bible every day… and in a period of one year you will have read the entire Bible. Our churches and our small groups need people involved in them that are reading God’s Word every day and studying the Word every week.
A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.
Before you look at the Bible reading plans below, let me make a suggestion. This Sunday morning, or whenever your small group meets during the week, ask your group if they will commit to read the Bible together in 2012. Get everyone on the same reading plan, and then set aside a few minutes each time your group meets to share insights and encouragement from your daily Bible readings. One of the reasons many people fail to read the Bible consistently is that they lack an accountability partner. Why not get your entire group involved? Make it a big deal and commit to grow spiritually as individuals and as a group by reading the entirety of God’s Word together in 2012.
Here are some links to some Bible-reading plans.
Chronological plan (Read the Bible for Life)
Four +1 Plan (Daily reading in 2 OT, 2 NT +Psalms)
And if you’re a techie, download the YouVersion app for your smart phone or tablet. There are 19 reading plans on this app.
Let me also share that George Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life book and the companion 9 week study is an excellent starter to encourage people and help them understand some of the nuances of reading a book that was written over 2,000 years ago. Check the RTB4L website for more info.