The summer after my sophomore year of college, some friends and I were in a Bible study together.
We read through book (Secrets of the Secret Place, by Bob Sorge, still one of my all-time favorites), and through the book of Acts.
Both the chapter of the book and the portion of Scripture we read each week were pretty short, so we were encouraged to read through both every day for the entire week.
I still count that summer as one of the richest seasons in my walk with the Lord and my growth as a believer.
So often, when we read the Bible, we read a passage, and maybe some sort of study help, and then the next day, we move on to the next passage. It might be another year or more before we circle back to that same passage of Scripture.
But what might happen if we lingered on a particular portion of Scripture for a little bit longer, reading it again and again for an entire week? How could the Lord speak to us through His Word as we abide in just a couple chapters for an extended period of time?
In Cultivating a Life for God, author Neil Cole describes a discipleship process in his church where they did just that. One of the men in his group wanted to use the meeting time to try to stump the pastor. But week after week, this man found that the questions he’d written down on his first reading through a passage had been answered for him as he continued to read and study that passage over the course of a week.
And that’s what I want for next year.
I want to make space in 2018 for God to speak to me through his Word.
And I want that for you, too.
So, I’ve made a Bible reading plan for 2018, and I’m inviting you to join me.
This is what we’re going to do. Each week, starting on Monday, we’ll read one passage of Scripture, usually three or four chapters long. We’ll do our best to read the entire passage, every day for an entire week.
And then the next week, we’ll move on to the next passage.
If you want to read through the entire Bible in 2018, this Bible reading plan is not for you. We won’t even come close to reading the whole Bible. But we’ll hit a lot of the major points in the overall narrative of the Bible, and a few more obscure passages that I think will be interesting for us to study together.
I really hope you’ll join me.
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