Reading Plans for 2015 (01-01-2015)

Augustine reading Scripture.I talk to Christians all the time that express a desire to grow in their faith. When I tell them that reading Scripture is the most important facet of growth and that in the absence of reading Scripture there is no growth, I am usually met with a deep frown. The world has effectively sold the lie that the Bible is old and irrelevant and this deception has been bought by a large portion of the church. One needs to look no farther than the best-selling, extra-biblical and heretical titles in Christian bookstores such as Jesus Calling, The Circle Maker, Heaven Is For Real, and The Harbinger to see that this is so. If the Bible has not “come to life” for you, perhaps you have not yet experienced the new birth. I know that sounds harsh, but even our Lord said “Where your treasure is, your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:21) Psalm 1 depicts the blessed as one who is nourished by the Word of God. Psalm 119 calls the Bible a light to our feet. I am convinced that there is a direct correlation between a deficient view of the gospel and the lack of biblical literacy. Scripture reveals to us a holy and just and glorious and sovereign God. It also reveals our wickedness, our sin nature, and the great chasm between God and man created by our sin and rebellion. The drama of Scripture unfolds and reveals a loving and faithful God’s plan to send a Savior to save His people from their sin, to turn black and hateful hearts back to the Lord and to reconcile God and man. This plan terminates in the sinless life, atoning death, and death-defeating resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

When Jesus opened the eyes of the disciples to understand Scripture, their hearts burned and their view of Christ was magnified. Followers of Christ recognize Him and listen to His voice as they open the living and breathing Word. If it is not the Bible that is sustaining and guiding you, then what is?

Endeavor to become a creature of the Word in 2015 and commit to daily Bible reading.

The two most common excuses I hear from people for why they do not read their Bibles are 1) time and 2) direction. Well, let’s start off 2015 smashing those defenses and developing a daily habit of feeding on God’s Word. So….

1. Can’t find the time? In reality, we should be appalled at how little of our day is actually purposefully devoted to the Lord. For the average reader, it will take a mere 15 minutes a day to read through the entire Bible in one year. Each day is a total of 1,440 minutes. Is setting aside 1% of that time a huge investment?

2. But, you say, “I don’t know where to start.” Well, we are blessed to live in an age of instant access to great resources. The ESV Bible has several plans available and if you cannot find one on there to suit you, Ligonier has an expansive list.

May the Word of God fill you this year with great joy and peace and comfort as your mind is renewed through the reading of His Word.

Sola Dei Gloria!

 

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