Another year will be here in a few short days. Or maybe it’s a few long days, after eating too much food and way too many sweets. Starting in January, gyms and fitness centers will be packed with people vowing to get in shape and lose some weight. They want to take care of their physical bodies. But here is what Paul says to Timothy, “for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8)
So, in January, take care of your physical body, but pay more attention to the spiritual. Do you have a plan for how you will meet with God and study the Bible? Let some of these passages soak in as you ponder how you will allow the truths of God’s Word to impact your life in 2022.
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” (Ps 119:9) “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Ps 119:11) “I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.” (Ps 119:16) “The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” (Ps 119:72) “Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.” (Ps 119:97) “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Ps 119:105)
Since we are all unique individuals at different spots in our journey with God, there isn’t a one size fits all Bible reading plan. However, here are a few options for you to investigate. Choose what will be best to help you grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus this year.
- Each Monday we will send out a Bible reading plan that goes along with the Gospel Project lesson. There are passages to correspond with our lesson for the week and also questions to consider. Sign up for this weekly email.
- Read through the Bible in a year – chronologically.
- Read through the Bible in a year from Genesis to Revelation.
- Customize your Bible reading plan. Here are a few websites that allow you to read some different passages/books in varying lengths of time.
- Helps for determining a Bible reading plan
- Bible Reading plan generator
- Bible reading plan #1
- Bible reading plans #2
No matter what Bible reading plan you choose, follow these helpful tips.
- Set aside a specific time each day. Schedule what consistently works for you.
- Read the Bible to meet with God, not merely to check off your reading requirement.
- Pray before you begin, asking the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and understanding. Pray as you end, asking the Holy Spirit to enable you to apply the truths you have read.
- Write down what God teaches you – journal, highlight verses, make notes.