Bible 2014

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One of the US mega churches did an expensive survey to see what makes Christians grow in their faith. The answer was actually pretty obvious – it wasn’t the programmes, the fantastic preaching, or even great small groups. The answer turned out to be pretty simple – people that read their Bibles everyday grow in their faith!

Last year some of us read the whole Bible at least once using the Murray M’Cheyne reading plan – doing that gives you the overall picture of the Bible story, but it’s a lot of reading if you are not used to reading! A few months ago I was impacted by a C.H.Spurgeon quote “I would rather my soul lay a-soak in a single verse of scripture than rinse my hands in a couple of chapters everyday”, so this year I’m going to do just that by reading the New Testament over the year – a chapter a day during the week, with space at the weekends to ponder on verses that grabbed me.

2014 New Testament Reading PlanI’ve done a calendar for the year to help me keep on track – you can download it here.

So why not make a slot every day – earlier is better for most!

  1. Grab your bible, a notebook and a pen
  2. Pray for a while and ask God to speak to you
  3. Read the passage and ponder, making notes, underlining
  4. Is there anything you need to do to apply the passage? Make a note and do it!
  5. Ask someone if there are bits you don’t understand


Andy planted the Gateway Church in Sept 2007. He and Janet love to gather different nations together to grow in Christ while eating good food! He also helps to shape and serve a couple of Relational Mission's church plants in mainland Europe. Andy and Janet run regularly, largely to offset the hospitality eating! He also runs a popular WordPress plugin Church Admin