One Year Bible 2015
December 20, 2014 | By Jerel Kuravackal
Jesus said, “I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11). We hope in 2015 to receive such joy by reading through God’s Word together. God’s Word, along with His Spirit and His people are the means by which we grow as disciples.
The One Year Bible Reading Plan, borrowed from our friends at The City Church, acts as a survey of God’s great drama of redemption by including key chapters that move along from beginning to end the story of God’s work in this world. You’ll gain a solid understanding of and appreciation for the overall storyline of the Bible, seeing how it all point to God’s King, Jesus. Here’s how it works:
- Over the course of 11 months, you’ll read about a chapter a day, five days a week.
- Readings are in chronological order, guiding you through the grand story of redemption by dividing the story into 18 sections.
- In the end, you will have read about a fourth of the Bible. This allows you to work through the Scriptures in a way that is manageable and creates a plan that we can all see through to the end.
- Because there are five readings each week, you’ll have a couple days a week to catch up, re-read your favorite chapters, or dive deeper into a particular portion.
If you start to get bogged down, remember, it’s never worthless to read a chapter of God’s word and remember none of it, if the reading was sweet in communion with God. If you fall off track along the way, remind yourself of the gospel, enjoy the grace that is ours through Jesus, get rid of the guilt, and jump back on with that day’s reading.
It is our sincere hope that in 2015 our eyes will be opened to see how every person of the Bible, every psalm, and every teaching fits into the powerful, overarching story of the gospel, and that you’ll begin to realize your place in the story God is still writing in the world.
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How To Read The Bible
How and when you read the Bible are up to you but we encourage you to do this in community with others who can hold you accountable to obey what you’re learning. This would best take place within a Life Transformation Group.
A simple method for reading the Bible well is using the REAP method (Read, Examine, Apply, Pray).
Open your Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to teach, correct, and train you (2 Timothy 3:16). As you’re reading, ask these questions:
- What is happening in this passage? What things are emphasized, repeated, related?
- What do you see about who God is, what He’s doing, who you are, and what you should do?
Spend some time reflecting. Ask yourself these questions, and write down your thoughts:
- How do you think the author wants his audience to respond?
- What wrong beliefs about God and myself did I have?
After examining the passage, apply the text to your own life. Ask yourself these questions:
- How do I need to repent? What truths do I need to believe? What false beliefs must I turn from
- What can I do – empowered by the Holy Spirit – today to apply this passage?
Pray through the passage and your application, asking God to change your heart and to change your life, based on the time you’ve spent in God’s Word.