What Is YOUR Bible Reading Plan for 2018?

At this time of year, many believers select a Bible Reading plan to help them stay consistent in God’s Word throughout the year. I have tried various plans over the years, and at times have just read through at a pace that suited the season of life I was in.

Whatever plan we use, if we use one, it is important that our reading of God’s Word is systematic and consistent. It’s never helpful to be making decisions on the fly about what passage or chapter we will read. If we don’t keep our reading systematic, at least going through an entire book at a time, we are more likely to read much that is out of context, and possibly draw wrong conclusions from the text.

Being consistent simply means that we are reading God’s Word regularly, so that we have a steady diet of our “daily” bread. For some, this works best first thing in the morning (before we get distracted by other “stuff”), for others, it works best last thing before we go to bed – each to their own!

READ 2018.COM

The NCFIC (National Centre for Family Integrated Churches) has begun a new initiative this year, called Read2018, based on the “Journey Through the Bible” book I mentioned in the last email.

Basically, they are encouraging families to read through the Bible together, during 2018. This is no small task, but it’s not as daunting as some may think. On average it would take between 20-40 mins per day, to read through the entire Bible.

This may be something you want to do as an individual, with your family, or both! If it’s too difficult to read the entire Bible, you could just follow the OT or NT sections of the plan.

The NCFIC have developed a very helpful website – www.Read2018.com, which also functions as a web-app on smart phones. On this site/app the reading plan is already established each day, so you know where you are at, and you can also click on the text for commentary, or make your own notes.

At the end of each week, Scott Brown does a 20 min webinar video with a different pastor, and they comment/reflect on the previous week’s readings. Click on the image below to view the first webinar for 2018…

Isn’t it too late to start???? Not at all, you could simply pick up from today, or tomorrow, and then flow into 2019 to finish off.

Initially, I had decided I would do this on my own, as I thought for our family with 8 children, it would be too much to read through together. Well, that changed as my children all seemed keen on the idea – so we took the challenge!

What I noticed was that the children help to keep me accountable! Maybe it’s the multiple OCD and perfectionist traits we have in our family, I’m not sure – but they love the consistency 🙂

Also, as they take turns to read through large chunks of text, (even the 3 and 5 year olds – repeating words after me), there is a real flow, and everyone seems quite engaged. We will see how we go – if we can’t maintain the entire Bible, we will just do the New Testament, but I hope, Lord willing, we can keep it going. There are few things as precious, and eternally fruitful as spending time together in God’s Word.

Anyway, this may not be for you, but I would highly encourage you all to make sure you have something established this year, to keep you and your family consistent in God’s Word.

Something you may find helpful, is an article that Scott Brown wrote titled “10 Tips For Reading The Bible As A Family in 2018” (click title to go to article).

Lastly, here are some other Bible Reading Plans you may consider…

– 5 Day-a-Week Plan
– How To Change Your Mind Plan
– A Bunch of Other Plans
– The Robert Murray M’Cheyne (RMM) Plan

Remember, the key is not in finding the right plan but in using the plan that you find !

Thanks for reading!

Kris Baines 
Director, Eternal Purpose Ministries.
www.eternalpurposeministries.org

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