Last year I wrote a post about why I would not be reading the Bible in a year in 2016.
For 2017 I’m changing my tune.
I’m going to be reading the Bible in a year chronologically.
Why read through the Bible in a year?
Last year I said I wanted to shake up my Bible study routine by NOT reading the Bible through in a year. It was a good decision last year, as I camped in the Psalms for a long time while my family went through some difficult times.
I was also able to focus on passages about prayer, as that was a big focus of mine in 2016.
However, it is important to read through the entire Bible at times, too.
Reading the Bible in a Year Provides Structure
Whether you read the Bible completely in an entire year or not, a structured plan is a good thing.
Have you ever woken up in the morning wondering what to read during your daily quiet time?
Yeah, me too. Having a plan to read the Bible in a year makes the decision easy. I wake up, I look at what I need to read for the day, I say a prayer, and I read the passage.
I don’t have to think about what to read. I can spend all of my morning brain power on thinking about what I actually read instead of focusing on what to read.
Reading the Bible in a Year Provides Accountability
I wish I could say I was great about spending time in the Word every day, even without anyone holding me accountable.
But I do like checklists, and having a Bible reading plan allows me to check a box each day, saying I completed the day’s reading.
And if I grab a friend to do the same plan, we can hold each other accountable for our daily readings. Doing my own thing makes that more difficult.Read the Bible in a year with me!Click To Tweet
Reading the Bible in a Year Makes Me Tackle My “Less Favorite” Passages
Everyone has their favorite passages. I’m a Type A person who likes to get things done. Thus, I love to spend time in Paul’s epistles.
Just tell me what to do, and I’ll do it.
But if I only read the epistles, I miss a whole lot of important passages. I miss the rich history of Israel and the prophesies about the coming Messiah. I miss the gospels, which tell the important story of Jesus. I miss the poetic books, like the Psalms.
The Bible is important in its entirety. And sometimes it’s important to read the entire book in a finite period of time, so we can see the story of Christ unfold. We need to be able to see God’s plan throughout history, and when we pick and choose which books to read (and which ones to skip), it’s easy to miss the big picture.
Why I Picked a Chronological Bible Reading Plan
The first reason I picked a chronological Bible reading plan is because I’ve never read through the Bible chronologically before. And I like to keep my reading plans fresh.
But I also want to read through the Bible chronologically because I want to get a good feel for when the prophets fit in with books like 1 and 2 Samuel and 1 and 2 Kings. I want to read the gospels side by side to compare Mark’s version of the events surrounding Jesus’ life to what Luke had to say.
I want to read the Psalms David wrote as I read the trials he went through while writing them.
I believe reading through the Bible chronologically will help me piece together a timeline of the Bible that I’m not quite getting yet.
Join Me In Reading the Bible Chronologically
Since I love reading calendars, I put together a chronological Bible reading calendar, a scripture memorization booklet, and scripture memorization cards to help me meet my Bible reading and memorization goals this year.
And since I love accountability, I decided to open up my Bible reading challenge to my blog readers. The Bible reading calendar and scripture memorization packet is just $4.99. And if you purchase my printable Bible reading calendar packet, you will be able to join a private Facebook group for accountability and support as we read through the Bible this year.
That’s where the real value is. A private place to discuss what we read and to encourage each other to persevere in our reading, even on busy days.
I’m looking forward to reading every word of the Bible in 2017. How about you?