Last week I shared why I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore. I set goals and create an action plan instead. I mentioned at the end of my post that I would be sharing about some of my other goals this week.
Today I want to talk about the plan I’m using to read the Bible this year. I’ve read through the entire Bible twice in my life. The first time was in 2011 when I followed the Bible in 90 Days plan. The second was in 2012 when I used a chronological Bible to read each day of the year.
Both were great experiences, and I learned a lot from reading through the whole Bible. This year I wanted to try something a little different. When I have read through the Bible before, I had the mindset of just learning how all the parts of the Bible fit together. And to be honest, some days when the reading was tedious or difficult, I just wanted to get through the assigned reading!
I have had the desire to study the Bible more in depth. But when I try to add in-depth Bible study to reading through the Bible and participating in a Bible study at my church, I get overwhelmed.
So, this year I’m going to combine in-depth Bible study with my daily Bible reading. I ran across this article a few weeks ago that talks about a Bible reading strategy. You can read it for yourself, but I want to point out some things that I’ve taken away from the article.
I like the author’s idea of picking certain topics to study throughout the year. I don’t necessarily agree with buying a new study Bible each year. That can get costly and can eventually add up to clutter if you’re not using all those Bibles on a regular basis.
I have decided to study about Christian living, marriage, and parenting. As I read through the Bible I will be highlighting verses that speak to these subjects. I have a different color highlighter for each one. If I do this next year and in other years to come, I will find different colors of highlighters or come up with some other way of marking the topics for those years.
I’ve written the subjects in the front of my Bible and have highlighted each one to remind me which colors I’m using. This is what that looks like:
As I highlight verses I am also making note of them on loose-leaf paper, which will eventually go in my Bible study binder. I write down the verse and anything I think God is saying to me through the verse. By the end of the year I’ll have a whole collection of verses that speak to these specific subjects.
The Bible reading plan I’m using is a chronological one. But instead of using my chronological Bible, I’m using my ESV study Bible and working off a chronological plan I found online. You can download it here for free.
I like the idea of reading through the Bible chronologically because it helps me to put the Bible into a whole perspective. Everything makes more sense to me. But, I wanted to be able to study the passages more in depth, so my study Bible will come in handy for that purpose.
If you haven’t started reading the Bible yet, it’s not too late. In fact I just got started this morning! Any day is a good day to begin reading the Bible.
Are you reading the Bible through this year? If so, what plan are you using?