As we work through our series Practice Relationship and dig into what it looks like to pursue relationship with God through spiritual practices, we will be providing some tools along the way to help you. The following are resources to help and encourage you to read the Bible. The purpose of this is not to give you another thing to do, to conjure up guilt, or to place a large obstacle in your path. Our goal at Missio is to help you follow Jesus by connecting with a book that is life-giving, Spirit-filled and that will shape you the more you give to it. There are many resources at your disposal, but the following is a great place to start:
I would encourage the use of a good translation. Some are easier to read while others take a more literal interpretation. In my opinion, the best is the English Standard Version (ESV) as it has a great balance of readability and scholarship.
If you’re looking for an app for your smartphone, YouVersion is great and free. It is available for multiple operating systems.
If you’re looking for a yearly reading plan, here are a couple:
Chronological reading plan through the Bible in a year (Genesis through Revelation) http://www.esv.org/assets/pdfs/rp.chronological.pdf
Daily reading plan through the Bible in a year (some Old Testament and some New Testament) http://www.esv.org/assets/pdfs/rp.daily.reading.bible.pdf
If the idea of a year is too much to tackle, here are two different ways to go about keeping track of what you have read at your own pace:
Here is a chart to check off chapters as you read:
You can print out the following PDF, which is designed to be cut into four bookmarks that can be placed at the appropriate place in your Bible. There are boxes to check off each reading as you complete it. It includes the following categories:
Psalms and Wisdom Literature
Pentateuch and the History of Israel
Chronicles and Prophets
Gospels and Epistles
A simple yet profound process:
1. Choose a book of the Bible.
2. Read it in its entirety.
3. Repeat step #2 twenty times.
4. Repeat this process for all books of the Bible.
For those who are disciplined and motivated, use Professor Grant Horner’s method:
Again, these are resources to help you immerse yourself in the Bible. There are also many study tools available. However, I’ve found that if I’m not reading the Bible, it’s difficult to start studying the Bible. Just dive in and start reading, and do it regularly. If I can encourage you in any way, please let me know.