March 1, 2016

How I Read My Bible


"We are the Bibles the world is reading.
We are the creeds the world is needing.
We are the sermons the world is heading"
~ Billy Graham 

As I read this quote a bit of tension arises in my Spirit. At first read, I am filled with passion and excitement, but then my heart sinks a bit when I realize the Christian responsibility that arises in that statement. Is my life worth reading? Is my creed worth needing? Is my life's sermon worth heading?
The simple answer to all of these is a resounding no. But the answer is also a resounding yes. No I am not worth reading, needing, or heading, but the Jesus within me is. It's like what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:1 - imitate me as I imitate Christ.

How can we ever imitate Christ if we are not seeking who he is through His word. 
Last week, I wrote about why I read the Bible. This week I thought I would get a bit more practical on how I read the Bible - my course of action if you will.
I have read the Bible a lot of different ways. I have done the one year Bible {:the Message Remix Pause is my favorite:}. I have done countless plans on my YouVersion Bible App. I have done the flick and pick. And I have just followed along with a message series in church. I have done it all, but recently one of the pastors at Hillsong shared how he reads his Bible and I decided to adopt his method. And since we are girlfriends I just have to share it with you because I think it is my absolute favorite way yet.
Sunday - Psalms/Proverbs
I love starting off my weeks with these books of wisdom and poetry. 

Monday - The Law {:Genesis; Exodus; Leviticus; Numbers; Deuteronomy:}
Before you give up on my plan already because of some of the less than mind blowing content in Leviticus and Numbers, recognize that there is also A TON of pure gold in the books of the law. After all, this would have been Jesus' Bible when he walked the earth and I mean if it was good enough for him...
Tuesday - Old Testament History {:Joshua; Judges; Ruth; 1&2 Samuel; 1&2 Kings; 1&2 Chronicles; Ezra; Nehemiah; Esther:}

Wednesday - The Prophets {:Isaiah; Jeremiah; Lamentations; Ezekiel; Daniel; Hosea; Joel; Amos; Obadiah; Jonah; Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk; Zephaniah; Haggai; Zechariah; Malachi:}
Thursday - Gospels & Acts {:Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; Acts:}

Friday - The Letters and Revelation {:Romans; 1&2 Corinthians; Galatians; Ephesians; Philippians; Colossians; 1&2 Thessalonians; 1&2 Timothy; Titus; Philemon; Hebrews; James; 1&2 Peter; 1,2&3 John; Jude; Revelation:}

Saturday - The Books of Poetry {:Job; Ecclesiastes; Song of Songs:}

I know it is terribly tempting to skip Tuesday and Wednesday's content because it is the Old Testament and some may say less exciting. But, you will never fully be able to understand the breadth, beauty, and context of the New Testament if you do not read the Old Testament with it. 
Some days I read several chapters within each particular section. Other days, I may only read a portion of scripture from one of the books. And some days I don't read any more than one scripture but that scripture is what I will think on during my quiet time- think what it meant to the people the author was writing it to, think what it means to me, think if there is anything God wants to speak to me about this particular verse. 
How you read your Bible is actually pretty important, but if your Bible lives on a bookshelf somewhere, forget everything I just said and just start reading. John is a great place to start. 

If you are like me and already love reading the Bible and are looking for a new and fresh way to read it, I highly recommend this way. It's great because you are getting a small snapshot of the full Bible in one week instead of staying in one book all month - although there is definitely a time for that as well.
This isn't some mind blowing posts, but I just thought I would share because that's what girlfriends do right. How do you read your Bible?
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2 comments:

  1. This was helpful! My goal this month is to read one book of the Bible each day. The biggest challenge was deciding which Bible to use and to be honest I'm still not completely sold on my decision, but I'm charging on none the less!

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  2. These are really helpful ideas, Amber! Thanks so much! Right now I'm attempting to read the whole bible and this gave me extra encouragement :)

    Blessings,
    Edye // Gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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