Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Back to Basics

One of the most basic “tools” needed for successful Bible study is a firm grasp on the overall scope of the Bible. As a new Christian, I was introduced to the idea of reading the Bible through every year and each time through has given me more insight to how these 66 books fit together to form the single book we call the Bible.

If it has been a while since you’ve been on a cover-to-cover Bible tour, let me encourage you to take another run through it. Google search “Bible reading plan” on the internet and you’ll find plenty of free resources to get started. You can also set up a personalized plan to work at your own pace by doing some simple math and realizing you have 1189 chapters to cover. For example, reading about 7 chapters each day would mean you’d be done in 6 months’ time. Don’t allow Satan to discourage you. If you miss a day, for whatever reason, just pick back up where you left off and keep on going.

Some people skip reading on Sundays, but what has worked for me is reading from the Psalms on Sundays and then I’m not doing all 150 of them in a row. Some folks skip all over using a chronological plan (also free online). Others balance a morning Old Testament reading with an evening New Testament reading.

Whatever method you choose is not what matters. Regardless of where you are in your spiritual walk, we all benefit from a consistent exposure to the full counsel of God.

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