According to everyone, eating food is a necessary rhythm of life. According to Jesus, eating words is another one. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God,” he said (Matt. 4:4). We prioritize eating meals every day. That’s good. We don’t always prioritize engaging with God’s word ever day. That’s not good. And it’s also a reason why so many Christians feel spiritually famished. Our own spiritual life depends on hearing and trusting God’s words.
A Weekday Bible-Reading Plan
In light of that, here’s a reading plan to use for 2017. It’s one we’re using as a Church-wide Bible reading plan at Zionsville Fellowship next year. It is designed to be followed for five-days each week. Each day has one Old Testament reading (3-4 chapters) and one New Testament reading (1 chapter), moving through both Testaments in order, with the exception of the four gospels, which are spread out through the year.
Why five-days per week? Two reasons: First, it leaves space to read something else a couple other days, such as the Scripture used for the sermon or weekly small group study. Second, this is a built-in guilt-avoidance rhythm, since you can miss a few days here and there and still remain on-track.
Reading In Community
One way to use this plan: In addition to personal reading, consider reading with others.
- Read with Friends: Consider grabbing another friend or two to join you on this journey, and then meet for coffee to talk about what you’ve been reading. For an additional resource providing guidance for Bible-discussion meetings, grab David Helm’s book, One to One Bible Reading.
- Read as Family: If spouses or families read this together, they can bring it up at dinner and share what they’re learning and how they’re growing. For families with younger children, consider also including one of Marty Machowski’s family Bible-devotionals: Long-Story Short or Old Story New.
- Read with a Small Group: Small group members can read individually and then discuss the reading from time to time during the meeting.
Friendship with God
Reading and hearing God’s word is is a primary way to commune with God. The Scriptures are God’s voice to us today. He gave us his word to invite us into conversation with himself: We hear his voice in Scripture; he hears ours in prayer.
In other words, God has brought into friendship with himself through Christ, and this is now how we converse with him. In light of this, we read devotionally, aware that these are the words of our King and our Friend.
Download the reading plan here.