Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Read The Whole Bible This Year



While there are thousands of things that could be accomplished if you worked on them fifteen minutes a day for a year, from getting into shape to learning how to play an instrument, there is one that far too few people consider:

Reading the whole Bible.

You can read the whole Bible in a year by simply starting at the beginning and reading it for around fifteen minutes a day. Is there any excuse not to read through the whole Bible, the most important book in the world, when it’s that easy?

You can read the Bible for fifteen minutes in the morning when you get up, at night before you go to bed, while eating a meal or snack, or even during the commercial breaks of your favorite TV shows. The average TV show has approximately fifteen minutes of commercials per hour.

Find out what works for you. I prefer to start off the day with Bible reading, so that I don’t have to worry about fitting it in later, and so that the first influence on my mind is the Word of God.

If you want to know the specific number of chapters to read a day to get through the Bible, it’s approximately 3.3, which in practical application amounts to three chapters some days and four chapters some days.

If you already read the Bible often, but haven’t read it all the way through, and you’re wondering why you need to read the whole Bible, I’ll give a list of some of the benefits. Reading the Bible all the way through will:

- expand your knowledge of the Bible beyond the popular stories and verses that most Christians know

- give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of the stories and verses in the Bible

- help you grow closer to God as you learn more about Him and His plan for you

- help you to be a better Christian as you learn more about how God wants you to live

- help you have sound theology that is based on what God actually said rather than someone's interpretation

- challenge you by making you see the hard verses as well as the easy ones

- help you know what you believe so that you can defend your faith against false teachers and skeptics

Since I've started reading the Bible through every year, I've been blessed by all things and more.

While it is true that someone can read through the whole Bible and learn nothing due to a hard heart, it is equally true that someone with an open heart who doesn’t read through the whole Bible is neglecting the gift that God has given them. Starting today, and this year, I encourage you to read the Bible from cover to cover. Don’t let a day pass without going to God’s Word.

Have you ever read the whole Bible before? Are you going to read the whole Bible this year?

12 comments:

  1. I have 'tried' three times before and have managed to get through the Gospels and most of the Epistles, along with the Pentateuch. And then i usually get bogged down in the Prophets and--most especially--Lamentations.

    I'm trying again this year. :D
    I'd also encourage those who don't feel up to reading the entire Bible, to at least make it a habit of reading from the Word daily. And by that I mean A Habit. Daily. ;)

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Kay! I'm glad you're trying again. :)

      Yes, any daily reading is good, and just reading a chapter a day will get someone through the whole Bible in less than three and a half years.

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  2. I have not read the entire Bible through (in an organized fashion) in years. Given that it's been awhile and my reading has been unstructured lately, I've decided to join you and do 3-4 chapters a day this year. :D I'll have to catch up a bit, but when I hit Pslams or something, that won't be hard.

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    1. I'm glad you're joining me, Aubrey! There are only five days to catch up, so you'll be able to do it easily. :)

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  3. I really enjoyed this post, Jonathan. :) My family has read the whole Bible in a year together for a number of years now, and it's very nice. :) My personal study tends to be more focused. I like doing both--getting into a particular subject, and getting a good birds-eye view of the whole book. And sometimes just getting some comfort. :)

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    1. Thank you, Grace! That's a good thing for families to do. I like all those things, too. :)

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  4. A very good, and very needed post Mr. Jonathan!

    My favorite points are these:

    "- expand your knowledge of the Bible beyond the popular stories and verses that most Christians know"

    "While it is true that someone can read through the whole Bible and learn nothing due to a hard heart, it is equally true that someone with an open heart who doesn’t read through the whole Bible is neglecting the gift that God has given them."

    Some things I can add:

    I would also put stress on reading the Bible from the beginning to the end, without jumping back and forth. If God did not think it was too boring to tell us, we should not think it is too boring to be told.

    As Jonathan said in the post:
    "- expand your knowledge of the Bible beyond the popular stories and verses that most Christians know"

    I would also suggest, though it is not as important, that we read the books of the Old Testament in the order they are in the Hebrew Bible; which is the order that Jesus read them in. As far as I know this was the order which the writers of the Bible put them in.

    And of course the reason to read the KJV instead of the other versions is, simplestly put, not only aesthetic, but but because of trustworthiness.

    You would have to compare the other versions to the KJV anyway, to see what parts were God's Word or not.

    Keep up the good posts Mr. Jonathan!

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    1. Thank you, Patrick!

      I agree that people need to read the Bible all the way through.

      The KJV is good, as are the accurate modern translations, such as the ESV.

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  5. Bravo Jonathan!

    Study the genuine, so we recognize a counterfeit.

    I am so disappointed when I hear someone discouraging people from reading through the Bible every year. Don't listen to them! For our family, this is the foundation for all of our other studies, both in the Bible and elsewhere. For any teaching you hear, you will have read the context recently, and can more ably discern if it is biblical.

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    1. Thank you!

      Exactly!

      Everyone should read the Bible through regularly, to know what it truly says.

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  6. This is something that is very much needed today as a redemptive routine for every believer. There are some great reading plans over at http://www.youversion.com. I know that this as well as the practice of prayer have been instrumental in the transformation that God has taken me through. Such a great encouragement!

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    1. Yes, it is very much needed. Thank you, Joshua!

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