What to Expect
Our one-year Bible reading challenge begins today! If you have already signed up, give yourself a pat on the back. If you have not, it’s not too late. All you have to do is join the Facebook group and get your Bible.
Starting strong and developing a good habit for Bible reading is vital to completing this mission successfully. Will you be reading in the morning at your dining room table? In the car at lunch? In the evenings as a family? No matter your intentions, it’s important to create a routine and stick with it. If you are consistent through January, you are more likely to continue through the year. This article from Lifeway has some helpful tips.
Also, we hope you have joined our Facebook group. If you have not, you’ll want to be sure to join right away. To keep the discussion private to our community, you will need to request to join the group. The purpose of the group is to promote discussion as we read, answer questions, and encourage one another.
We will be reading six days a week, with Sunday set aside as a read-ahead or catch-up day. Each reading should take about 15-25 minutes to complete depending on the length. For more information on the various ways you can read or listen to each day’s selection, as well as the overview and format of the Bible we are using, please refer to this post.
We will be completing Act 1 and starting Act 2.
Act 1 has readings from Genesis, Psalms, and John (Yes, even the new testament!).
The readings in Genesis dig into the creation story, the fall of man, and the rebellion that ensues. These are primarily in the same order as your traditional Bible.
Interjected in Act 1 are some readings from the book of Psalms. Psalm 8 and Psalm 104 both contain accounts of the Creation story and are a wonderfully refreshing reminder of God’s love for His creation.
Surprisingly, the second day includes readings from the book of John. Although the stories from the New Testament typically take place long after the Old Testament times, the first three verses of John are flashbacks to the creation story, and therefore they are included in this section of our reading.
Act 1 ends in conflict, but Act 2 leads us toward a much more redemptive theme. In Act 2, God establishes a covenant people and expresses His faithfulness in building a relationship with them. Nations are developing and spreading throughout the world. Jerusalem, featuring the temple of Solomon, is the primary setting for this section of God’s story. Also featured is Egypt, the Israelites’ captivity and their eventual deliverance to the Promised Land.
In Act 2, we discover the opportunity to better learn the heart of God, and we are also introduced to several key characters in Old Testament History. We meet Abraham and Sarah, Moses, David, Elijah, Isaiah, and Esther among others. How beautiful it is to connect with the lives of those who endured, led, encouraged, and prophesied for the Glory of the Lord through evil and difficult times! Though the Old Testament is often considered antiquated, so many rich nuggets are waiting to be unearthed and applied in our daily lives today. Look for them, and let’s discuss them in our Facebook Group.
One final note: We all know life can get busy, and it is so easy to get distracted. If you find yourself slipping behind in the reading, there are several options to catch up. First, you can listen to the podcast while you work on other tasks such as getting ready in the mornings or as you drive to appointments. Also, there is one makeup day allotted per week. If you need help staying caught up, please be sure to reach out for encouragement. Our goal is to cheer you on and encourage you in the Lord - not to add unnecessary stress to your life. We are here to help any way we can.
Our prayer is that you will be encouraged and blessed as you embark on this incredible journey. It is quite an accomplishment to read through the entire Bible. We are looking forward to gleaning from the Word with you!