Reading the Bible in 2012
This Sunday we will be looking at Romans 8:1-13 and seeing how that as believers we have a new position (in the Spirit not in the flesh) a new mindset and that we need to live in the good of our new position and mindset by putting to death sin by the Spirit.
Thankfully the Spirit gives us a big sword to kill sin, which is the Word of God. If you have ever read about the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4 his answer to every one of Satan’s temptation was a Scripture quote from Deuteronomy. Sin offers instant pleasure and promises to better God – but the truth is that God has better promises that are eternal and yes and amen! God’s promises lead to life and peace, sin lead to death.
I have used many different ways to read and study the Bible over the years. In 2011 I worked through Matthew, Mark and Luke and used the Bible Speaks Today commentaries to help. This year I want to get an overview of the whole Bible again, so I am using the Murray McCheyne plan.
Here is a round up of different Bible reading plans – I’m old school in that I like to print it out and tick it off – but you can get apps and feeds and things like that from www.youversion.com
For those new to bible reading, I would recommend
The 5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan5 minutes per day, 5 days per week, 5 ways to dig deeper. Takes you through one chapter each day. Read the New Testament in one year.
For families there is a great 20 verses a day plan to give an overview of the Bible – we are doing it at breakfast time during the week
Murray McCheyne – Whole Bible in 365 days with one chapter from Law, Gospels,Prophets, Epistles. Can feel a little disjointed reading from four differnt places each day, but stops you getting bogged down in Leviticus!
Book-at-a-Time Bible Reading Plan – Intersperses Old and New Testament books in each month’s readings, with the four gospels spread throughout the year. Read the complete Bible in one year.
The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan – Read four places in God’s Word every day to better grasp the unity of the Scriptures. Read the complete Bible in one year. My favourite plan, but this year I wanted a change!!!