The Bible is a collection of 66 books that communicate the message of God’s history with mankind and his love for humanity. Written by approximately 40 different authors, over a span of 1600 years, over a geographical span of 2200 miles, the one shining message of the Bible shines through the single verse of John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” [NIV]
The Bible is a book that will change your life, if you take the time to read it. The Bible is God’s message to you about his love for you and his plan for your life. Enjoy the journey of studying God’s word with the many people of Journey Church International.
Bible Reading Guidelines
Use a Plan
Because the Bible is so broad and covers so much history, it is good to use a set reading plan that helps the Bible fit together into proper sections. Below are 4 reading plans that you can choose from. One is a plan to read the entire New Testament, one is a plan to read the entire Old Testament, one is a plan to read the entire Bible with a combination of Old Testament and New Testament sections, and one is a plan to read the entire Bible straight through, in the period of one year. Choose one of the plans and begin to methodically read through the Bible this year. If you average 4 chapters a day, you can read the entire Bible through in one-year regardless of the plan that you use.
Use a Study Bible
Every Christian bookstore, as well as most large bookstores (Barnes and Nobles, etc.) will have Study Bibles that you can purchase. These are Bibles with additional notes that will tell you who wrote each book, why they wrote it, when they wrote it, etc. In addition each chapter will have additional notes that explain hard-to-understand verses. A Study Bible is a tremendous tool to learning the deep spiritual meaning of the Bible. If you have questions about which Study Bible to buy, e-mail our church at [email protected].
Take Notes in a Journal
The Bible student’s greatest tool for retaining what they read is a good journal. As you read each day look for one verse, one story, or one person that stands out in the narrative that you are reading and then journal a sentence or two about it and what it means to you. This practice will help you retain what you read and be able to tell others about it more easily.
Write Down Key Questions
There are many places in the Bible that are hard to understand and some that are downright confusing. When you come across a verse or a passage like this, write it down and be sure to ask somebody your questions. You can e-mail your Bible questions to [email protected] and our staff team will try to answer them for you.
Set Reading Goals
Just like working out, or dieting, or anything else where you hope to succeed, you should set goals for your Bible reading each year. A good goal for somebody who has never read the Bible would be to read the New Testament all the way through (there is a plan below to guide you in that goal). Many people who have gone to church all of their lives have never read all of the Old Testament, so that could be a good goal for those of you in that position. A challenging, but highly fulfilling goal is to read your entire Bible through. There are two plans below to help you do that. One paces you to read straight through the Bible in one year. The other helps you move fluidly between the Old Testament and the New Testament. By reading an average of 4 chapters per day, you will read through your entire Bible in year. Set your goal this year, and then pursue it!
Don’t Give Up!
Reading through the Bible can become wearisome – it’s a big book! Some books of the Bible are just difficult to understand and draw daily inspiration from. In addition, just like any commitment you make, sometimes the excitement you begin with just fades away over time. Expect difficult times, boring times, and busy times in your life – and keep reading through your Bible. It will be worth it spiritually!
Bible Reading Plans
This Bible reading plan will walk you through the entire Bible over the course of a year. Reading through the Bible is a rewarding experience, and this plan can help you do it.
This reading plan is also available in the Journey Church International Mobile App. Each day, the app is updated with the day’s reading. If you miss a day, you can scroll back and and catch up.