LOVED this (How To Read The Whole Bible In 2015) that i read from The Gospel Coalition last night on how to read the Bible in a year, and also how to dig deeper and more meditatively.
I personally read the M’Cheyne Bible reading plan—read through the OT once and the NT and Psalms twice, and have done so as a personal rhythm for the past 5-7 years. Each year I switch it up by changing what version I read it in. Currently I’m reading the AMP version.
The Gospel Coalition article has some fantastic links to Bible Plans and extended reading and a fabulous breakdown of the themes of the Bible.
Do you want to read the whole Bible this year?
The average person reads 200 to 250 words per minute; there are about 775,000 words in the Bible; therefore it takes less than 10 minutes a day to read the whole Bible in a year.
(For those who like details, there’s a webpage devoted to how long it takes to read each book of the Bible. And if you want a simple handout that has every Bible book with a place to put a check next to every chapter, go here.)
Audio Bibles are usually about 75 hours long, so you can listen to it in just over 12 minutes a day.
But the point is not merely to read the whole thing to say you’ve done it or to check it off a list. The Bible itself never commands that we read the Bible through in a year. What it commends is knowing the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27) and meditating or storing or ruminating upon God’s self-disclosure to us in written form (Deut. 6:7; 32:46; Ps. 119:11, 15, 23, 93, 99; 143:5).
As Joel Beeke writes:
As oil lubricates an engine, so meditation facilitates the diligent use of means of grace (reading of Scripture, hearing sermons, prayer, and all other ordinances of Christ), deepens the marks of grace (repentance, faith, humility), and strengthens one’s relationships to others (love to God, to fellow Christians, to one’s neighbors at large).
Thomas Watson put it like this:
“A Christian without meditation is like a solider without arms, or a workman without tools. Without meditation the truths of God will not stay with us; the heart is hard, and the memory is slippery, and without meditation all is lost.”
So reading the Bible cover to cover is a great way to facilitate meditation upon the whole counsel of God.
Breakdown of Themes:
Taken from According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible by Graeme Goldsworthy. Copyright(c) Graeme Goldsworthy 1991. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515 (www.ivpress.com) and Inter-Varsity Press, Norton Street, Nottingham NG7 3HR England (www.ivbooks.com)
|Creation by Word||Genesis 1 and 2|
|The Fall||Genesis 3|
|First Revelation of Redemption||Genesis 4-11|
|Abraham Our Father||Genesis 12-50|
|Exodus: Our Pattern of Redemption||Exodus 1-15|
|New Life: Gift and Task||Exodus 16-40; Leviticus|
|The Temptation in the Wilderness||Numbers; Deuteronomy|
|Into the Good Land||Joshua; Judges; Ruth|
|God’s Rule in God’s Land||1 and 2 Samuel; 1 Kings 1-10; 1 Chronicles; 2 Chronicles 1-9|
|The Fading Shadow||1 Kings 11-22; 2 Kings|
|There Is a New Creation||Jeremiah; Ezekiel; Daniel; Esther|
|The Second Exodus||Ezra; Nehemiah; Haggai|
|The New Creation for Us||Matthew; Mark; Luke; John|
|The New Creation in Us Initiated||Acts|
|The New Creation in Us Now||New Testament Epistles|
|The New Creation Consummated||The New Testament|