John Wesley, pioneering Methodist preacher and leader in 18th century England, penned the words “read and pray daily; it is for your life” to one of his co-laborers in the movement whose spiritual vitality was waning. Wesley was speaking to the pivotal role of personal reading, study, and reflection upon Scripture of course along with personal prayer.
Bible Reading Plan. This blog provides a plan to prayerfully read through the entire Bible over 3 years, a chapter a day. The plan is governed by the desire to read from both the Old and New Testaments each week, since both are equally inspired and are God’s Word. The plan is also governed by the commitment to read through entire books of the Bible in sequence. The weekly pattern is 2 chapters from a New Testament book and 4 chapters from an Old Testament book plus 1 Psalm each week. For example, you would read Luke 1 (Sunday), Luke 2 (Monday), Genesis 1 (Tuesday), Genesis 2 (Wednesday), Genesis 3 (Thursday), Genesis 4 (Friday), and Psalm 1 (Saturday). This pattern would continue until we are done with a book.
One can start wherever we are in the plan on that particular day on the blog, or a person can follow the link “Restart 3-Year Plan” to begin from the start of the plan. Each daily Scripture reading is hyperlinked to Bible Gateway for ease of access to God’s Word. The default translation is the New International Version, but one can quickly and easily switch to the translation of one’s choice, or use your print Bible if preferred. With the hyperlinks, one has very few excuses for not redeeming the time in God’s Word since so many of us are never far from our smart phones!
Bible Project & Discipleship Videos. In each day’s post below the daily Bible reading link, there will be an embedded video. Often, this will be a Bible Project video to help us understand the book or section of the Bible we are reading from. For instance, when reading Genesis 1-4, you will likely encounter the Genesis 1-11 Bible Project video. On most weeks, atleast one daily post late in the week will feature a short video on a theme or topic of importance to Christian faith and discipleship.
Prayer Focus/Helps. Each daily post will feature a prayer either from The Book of Common Prayer or The Worship Sourcebook. It is a powerful thought to have the Church praying with “one voice” to God daily prayers. After the daily Bible reading and featured video, a person has the option to incorporate The Jesus Creed, The Apostles’ Creed, and/or The Lord’s Prayer into one’s prayerful response to God and His Word.