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Bible Reading

Bible Reading Plans for 2009

Here we go “Learning and Living the God-centered Life” class with great options to get you started into Bible Reading for the 2009 year. Thanks to Between Two Worlds blog site for this article.

With this plan you read through the entire Bible once. So if not now when, and if not you then who?

The ESV Bible Reading Plans can be accessed in multiple ways:
  • web (a new reading each day appears online at the same link)
  • RSS (subscribe to receive by RSS)
  • email (subscribe to receive by email)
  • iCal (download an iCalendar file)
  • mobile (view a new reading each day on your mobile device)
  • print (download a PDF of the whole plan)
There are about 10 plans available. Go to that link to access each plan in any of the options above.

Here are the three I would recommend:

ESV Study Bible (ESV Literary Study Bible contains the same plan)

With this plan there are four readings each day, divided into four main sections:
  • Psalms and Wisdom Literature;
  • Pentateuch and the History of Israel;
  • Chronicles and Prophets; and
  • Gospels and Epistles.

The introduction explains:
In order to make the readings come out evenly, four major books of the Bible are included twice in the schedule: the Psalms (the Bible’s hymnal), Isaiah (the grandest of the OT prophets), Luke (one of the four biblical Gospels), and Romans (the heart of the Bible’s theology of salvation).

The list of readings from the Psalms and the Wisdom Literature begins and ends with special readings that are especially appropriate for the opening and closing of the year. The list of readings from the Pentateuch and the History of Israel proceeds canonically through the five books of Moses and then chronologically through the history of the OT, before closing the year with the sufferings of Job. The list of readings from the Chronicles and the Prophets begins with the Chronicler’s history of the people of God from Adam through the exile, followed by the Major and Minor Prophets, which are organized chronologically rather than canonically.

I plan to print out this PDF, which is designed to be cut into four bookmarks that can be placed at the appropriate place in your Bible reading. Read More...

A Bible reading plan for 2009

For those who have joined since our class started or who have not yet committed to a Bible reading plan, may I encourage you to do so in 2009. One of the goals of this class is to get people back to the word of God so the word of God can get back into them. What better way to start the year but with a renewed interest and desire to read through the Bible. So for your convenience I have listed 4 options for you to consider. Two of the options are hard copy books and the other two options are online sites that are designed to get you through the Bible. This would be an incredible present for yourself and those God has place within your ministry sphere of influence. I can promise you that it will be the most life transforming thing you can ever do. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Option #1 - We used this in our church and had many people give positive feedback with this particular method. Each week you are reading in:
Epistles
Law
History
Psalms
Poetry
Prophecy
Gospels

Option #2 - This is what I am personally did this past year and would very much recommend it. You start with a survey of the book and then each day some insight on what is going to be covered for that particular day. I think you can find this at either Barnes and Nobles or Borders bookstore here in Charlotte.

Option #3 - Last year a young man that I was able to disciple used this particular Bible reading plan and he would give you this as his recommendation. I call this either the "turbo" Bible reading plan because it covers the whole Bible in 90 days. I want to encourage you first to read through the whole Bible as quickly as your schedule and time will allow. You will see in coming weeks how the "unity" of the Bible will play a major role in how we learn to interpret Scripture in an accurate manner.
This also is the Bible reading plan of my wife, Nancy.

Let me reemphasize that you as a Christian don’t read the Bible and get God’s approval. But rather you already have God’s approval and therefore you want to read the Bible! Does that describe you? I am looking forward to our time together this year as we get close to God’s word which means we get close to God.

Option #4 - The last option is another well known site from the internet. This site gives plenty of options for Bible reading during the year.

P.S. And if you act today here is our special offer. Pastor B. will come to your house with milk and cookies and read you a devotion for one consecutive month. As an option he can also bring marsh mellows, hot chocolate and his guitar while performing that popular hit “kum-by-ya.”

Bible reading

Copied from Justin Buzzard’s blog site and thought it would be a helpful reminder for us this year.

Back to God's word

In this first phase of our class we are looking closely at the Bible itself. During our last class together I mentioned the authority of the Bible for the orthodox evangelical church.
1. The Bible is inerrant
2. The Bible is infallible
3. The Bible is inspired

In the coming weeks I will be giving an overview of the entire Bible from Genesis through Revelation. Also I think it important for us to listen to solid preaching when it comes to the importance of God’s word. Nancy and I attended a conference this past April at the Cove in Asheville, NC. The speaker was Dr. John MacArthur and his commitment and message as always was in essence “get back to God’s word.” Therefore I have posted a couple of messages he has recently preached on the working of God’s word. Just click on this LINK and look for “God’s word.”

ESV Study Bible

The ESV study Bible is not set for release until late October. However they are providing some wonderful previews as they head toward their distribution date.
Recently they put the entire book of 1 John online. If you would like to see how in depth and thorough this Bible will be then click on this LINK to preview 1 John.

Full steam a"head"

At this point in our class we are dealing with the obstacles to Bible reading, devotion and study. In checking the poll results from our class here is what the data so far indicates:
1. Priority - 50%
2. Skills and Tools - 25%
3. Spiritual Condition - 19%
4. Motivation - 6%

The Biblical solutions to the problems listed above are as follows:
Heart (preparation)
Head (explanation)
Feet (application)

Now that we have covered the heart we are ready to move on to the head. This means in the next few weeks the teaching will focus on skill and tools of "how to" read the Bible. However before we cover some specific skills and tools I would like to give an overview of what the Bible says about learning and living the Christian life. It seems in the evangelical church we can quite easily move to extremes when it comes to these things. For example I once heard a pastor say "if you get a church where people are just studying, learning and exegeting the text the people will only "show up." And to the other extreme if you have a bunch of excited people who want to live out of experiences then these people will "blow up." But should you find a compromise between those two extremes where people want to learn correctly in order to live correctly then you have people that will "grow up." Read More...

The ESV Study Bible

If you are in the market for a study Bible then check out the ESV Study Bible coming in October 2008. I have it on good authority that this will be one of the best study Bibles ever written. Here is the website where you can get all the information you need on this Bible.
Also I have included the ESV Study Bible “quick tour” video that is narrated by Pastor Tullian Tchividjian (Billy Graham’s grandson). Download the video in “glorious Quicktime”

Dr. Poplin in his message on Sunday (September 14) mentioned J.I. Packer and his book “Knowing God.” He also read a wonderful article that Dr. Packer has written regarding the church and worship. Therefore I am including in this blog article the video that highlights Dr. Packer and his endorsement of the ESV Study Bible.

Why read the Bible?

Here are a few Scriptures for our consideration. (NASB translation)

John 8:31 ¶ So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;
John 8:32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

Josh. 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

Acts 20:32 “And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Matt. 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’”

John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

Rom. 15:4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
John 14:24 “He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.

2Tim. 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
2Tim. 3:17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Heb. 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
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