Knowing and Loving Jesus More: The New Testament Reading Plan
ABOUT THE JOURNEY AHEAD: Reading through the New Testament is one of the most important journeys every Christian should take. We cannot know Jesus or how to live for Jesus without His revelation to us. Whether you have read through the whole New Testament before or not, our reading plan might be a new and helpful approach. We are reading through in roughly chronological order. When we get to the book of Acts, we will pause our reading in Acts to jump over to one of the letters that was written at that time. Knowing the context of the letters can often give insight into why the letter was written and what it means. HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THIS PROCESS:
READ or LISTEN: You may not enjoy reading. The great news is there are several websites like biblegateway.com or apps like YouVersion Bible that will read to you. Just make sure if you are listening that listening is the only thing you are doing. Don't let it be noise in the background; focus on the Word. Some like to listen while they read. It's a good practice to help keep the mind from wandering.
MEASURE SUCCESS WEEK BY WEEK: Face it--life will get "lifey." Something will happen and you will not get all the reading done some weeks. Many people undertake a Bible reading plan, fail one week and never get back on the reading train. You might miss some things one week, but don't let one bad week wreck the whole journey. Pick back up the next week as though nothing happened. If you have time to go back and catch up, great! If not, don't be discouraged. If you nail it more weeks than not, this will still be a rewarding journey.
DO IT WITH OTHERS. You will get FAR more out of this in you are talking with others about what we are reading. Their insights may be the "aha" moment you needed. Your insights just might be their "aha!" We all need accountability and encouragement when undertaking a big, worthwhile task. Our Men's and Women's Bible Studies are the natural starting point to doing it with others. Maybe this is a good opportunity for your family to read and talk about the Word together.
BE READY FOR BIBLE STUDY. Be ready to re-tell the stories/teachings of the week (maybe practice with your children). As you are reading, think about the following questions and be ready to share with the group:
What does this teach us about Jesus? (who He is, what He can do, how He feels about something)
What does this teach about how to live “fully pleasing to him?" (Col. 1:10)
What do I need to change in my own life because of what I just read? Remember: we are not reading for knowledge (information transfer) only; we are reading for life transformation.