Reading and Studying Your Bible
Just about every Christian resolves at the beginning of each year to try and read through the Bible. As we should! The Bible is is the inerrant, infallible, authoritative word of God, literally “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16), and sufficient for all Christian Living! We don’t want to miss a word of it!
“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”- Luke 4:4
With that being said, while we know we should read it, many of us have a hard time understanding it so often times those plans fall apart. Don’t let that happen to you in 2020! Find a reading plan hat works for you and stick with it. There is merit in not only reading your Bible, but studying it intently. Nothing is as important as the truth of God revealed in Scripture and there is no more important skill you can develop than handling your Bible with understanding and accuracy!
Whether it’s reading through your Bible in a year, or just disciplining yourself to start studying it regularly, make it happen! Below are a variety of reading plans from Ligonier Ministries. There is something for everyone, so find a plan that works for you and stick to it. Don’t miss out on the joy and blessing that comes from the Word of God.
Bible Reading Plans From Ligonier Ministries
For your convenience, Ligonier Ministries has compiled a list of Bible reading plans for you to choose from. Find one that fits you and dive in! Don’t let anything stop you from reading through God’s word this year, growing in spirit, and growing closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Bible is the only source of divine revelation with power that can sustain you as a Christian in your walk with God and mark the seal of those faithful to Him.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps. 119:105).
‘More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it'” – Luke 11:28
“If you abide in My Word, if you find your place, your resting place, your living place, your dwelling place, your settling place in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine, real disciples.”- John 8:31
For those looking to read through their Bible this Overview from Dr. R.C. Sproul is a useful tool. This is a basic structure of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and while it doesn’t go into details, it covers the high points of redemptive history and gives you an outline of the Bible as a whole. Once you understand the basic framework, you are much better equipped to read the Bible.
The Old Testament overview:
Genesis (the history of Creation, the fall, and God’s covenantal dealings with the patriarchs)
Exodus (the history of Israel’s liberation and formation as a nation)
Joshua (the history of the military conquest of the Promised Land)
Judges (Israel’s transition from a tribal federation to a monarchy)
1 Samuel (Israel’s emerging monarchy under Saul and David)
2 Samuel (David’s reign)
1 Kings (Solomon and the divided kingdom)
2 Kings (the fall of Israel)
Ezra (the Israelites’ return from exile)
Nehemiah (the restoration of Jerusalem)
Amos and Hosea (examples of minor prophets)
Jeremiah (an example of a major prophet)
Ecclesiastes (Wisdom Literature)
Psalms and Proverbs (Hebrew poetry)
The New Testament overview:
The Gospel of Luke (the life of Jesus)
Acts (the early church)
Ephesians (an introduction to the teaching of Paul)
1 Corinthians (life in the church)
1 Peter (an introduction to Peter)
1 Timothy (an introduction to the Pastoral Epistles)
Romans (Paul’s theology)
For More: : Get a Basic Overview of the Bible