New Year's Bible Reading Plan Ideas
December 31, 2020, 7:45 AM

As we get ready to start a brand new year tomorrow I wanted to share some thoughts about regular and systematic daily reading of God's Word.  We believe in the inspiration of the Bible and that we should regularly read it so that we may "grow in the grace and in knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18) and be able to recognize false teachings of our day.

1.  If you are not in the habit or pressed for time any trusted devotional and scripture portion is good.  Many times these are one page and can be done quickly.  The church offers a devotional like this through our denomination called "Reflecting God" and is published quarterly.  These are available free in the foyer.  There are many options like this available with various popular devotional writers and Bible translations.  I especially like to shop at christianbook.com for some good deals.

2.  Another daily devotional option is a One Year Bible that divides readings up so that you read through the Bible in a year's time.  These can be with or without devotional sections.  One of my favorites is "Grace For The Moment" with devotional writings by Max Lucado.   Another feaure of many of these is they give you an Old Testament, a New Testament, a Psalm and a Proverb to read for each day which is a good mixture.  There are many varieties of these on the market.

3.  What I have been doing the past few years is using the online reading plan you can access free at oneyearbibleonline.com.  You can read online and have the daily reading reminder set up on your smartphone or computer, or you can print out the schedule and use the Bible of your choice.  I prefer this and just keep 4 bookmarks in the Bible I use for devotions and read through the Bible each year this way.  Then I add devotional literature of my choice, like Oswald Chambers "My Utmost For His Highest" or whatever you choose.   If you want to add some basic Bible study along with this rather than devotinal reading use a good study Bible like the NIV Study Bible.  Basic but helpful notes are right there at the bottom of the page under the scripture.  And don't forget to use the footnotes, crossreferences and concordence to enhance your Bible reading as you have time.

4.  Lastly I would just say don't get discouraged about it.  If you are not used to a daily reading don't try to read through the whole Bible and don't make it legalistic like you have failed if you don't keep up at first.  Start basic and build up to it, like with #1 above.  Then if you miss a day (or two) you won't feel behind all the time.  And remember, whatever reading you accomplish is better than none!

I hope this is helpful; may you be challenged, encouraged and inspired in your reading!  The Bible IS the greatest book ever compiled as it contains the greatest story ever told and is the best guide to how to live our lives!

In His Love,

Pastor Robert