“Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path” ~ Psalm 119:105
Starting last January, our Grace family has been working through the new Luther’s Catechism from NPH, using its 52 lessons over 52 weeks of the year. Well, starting October 1, 2018, we are embarking on another congregational challenge to read the Bible in a year!
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The rest is as simple as 1, 2, 3…
- “The Schedule”: DOWNLOAD THE PDF or get a printed copy from the church entryway of the Bible Reading Challenge Schedule, with bookmarks you can use as we read from different places each day. This special Bible reading schedule allows you to read the entire Bible (or just New Testament, just Old Testament, just Psalms, or just New Testament and Psalms) in one year while only reading five times a week. Five readings a week gives room to catch up or take a needed day off, and makes daily Bible reading practical and do-able. Many people have used this schedule to improve their habit-goal of regular Bible reading. Further, reading the Bible in chronological order (even the Psalms have been placed chronologically when possible) aids your understanding of the Bible story, and helps you look forward to what’s next in God’s Word.
- “The Time”: Set aside daily time for reading or listening to the scheduled Scriptures. Plan on only needing about twenty minutes for each day’s reading. Listen to an audio version in the YouVersion Bible app while taking a walk or driving the car.
- “The Team”: One benefit of a congregational challenge like this is the fact that we are reading these Scriptures at the same time. Look for encouragements and reminders by email. Plus, if you want to share a favorite verse, a question, or an insight to encourage others, consider joining the Grace Bible Reading Challenge Discussion Group on Facebook. You can also learn more about this challenge and get summaries of the Bible books as we go along through our new church podcast called MOST CERTAINLY TRUE (link), now available on iTunes.
Tip: always do the reading in the order it appears on the schedule. So, for example, if a reading from Chronicles appears before Kings in that day’s reading, read from Chronicles first. Check off each day’s reading. You will be amazed at how soon you are deep into the year and still reading your Bible regularly! May this challenge help you get going in that direction, and God bless your reading, understanding, and living by his Word!
Got questions? Contact Pastor Bondow!