It’s the beginning of 2011. I hope you’re convinced of your need to be in the Word regularly. And, if you’re like me and most others (all others?), some kind of plan is needed. Just two things to share here:
1) I want to own Jonathan Edwards’ resolve: “Resolved, to study the scriptures so steadily, constantly, and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.” I want to look back every week on the previous week and ‘plainly perceive’ how I’ve grown in the knowledge and grace of Jesus.
2) There are many different Bible reading plans out there. None of them are more godly than another and any of them, if used apart from a heart of faith, would lead backwards, not forwards, in the life of faith. Justin Taylor has collected a ton of helpful options to pick from here. Whatever your plan, if you want to make it through the Bible in a year, you can just plan to read 4-5 chapters each day for 6 days of the week.
I highly recommend scanning through Justin’s post on this. And, if you haven’t thought of it before, there’s no need going it alone. Share the same plan as your roommate or spouse or friend. That can be helpful to keep on pace and to shape conversations throughout the year.
“grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18).