Last Sunday, I challenged my congregation to read the Bible through in a year with me. I didn't ask them to do this as a New Year's resolution--because these get broken all the time. I asked them to do this as a spiritual discipline, so we can grow together in God's Word, and be (literally) on the same page in our scriptural path. Now, I've read the whole Bible many times--but never in a year. I'm not good with that kind of discipline. I have church members who have followed a yearly Bible reading plan before. Some do it every year. I congratulate them for it--they may be a resource for me as I go through the joys, but also the difficulties, of such a commitment.
Since I'm not beginning on January 1 (to avoid even seeming like a New Year's resolution), I'm not following the dates on the schedule that I'm following. I'm simply going through each day and each week as they come. I hope you'll follow my blog and go through the Bible with me. I'll be commenting about my readings each day.
Now, I don't plan to write a scholarly commentary on all of this material each day. There's no way that even the greatest scholar could (or should) write a comprehensive commentary on the Bible in a whole year. Instead, I plan to write my musings on the readings--how the readings have registered with me each day, what God has shown me through these scriptures. I won't necessarily write about each of the scriptures each day. Today, my scriptures are Genesis 1-2; Mark 1; Psalm 19. Since I haven't read these yet today, I don't even know yet what I'll write about. (Check back later today to find out.)
Here's the schedule I'm using for this week:
Genesis 1-2; Mark 1; Psalm 19
Gen 3-5; Mark 2;
Gen 6-8; Mark 3; Psalm 104
Gen 9-11; Mark 4
Gen 12-15; Mark 5; Psalm 148
Click here to go to Bibleclassmaterial.com, and download a copy of the schedule I'm using for the year.
Also, a church member suggested that since some people are more aural learners, listening to the Bible in a year may be better for them. This doesn't follow quite the same schedule, but the discipline of going through the Bible in a year is the same. Watch this video, and see if listening to the Bible is for you. (Thanks, Kathy, for sharing this with the church.)
I hope this year is a blessed one for you--that God speaks to you through the pages of the Bible. And I hope that like me, you'll come to "Love the Word."