This past Sunday morning, Bro. Mike mentioned the vital role of God’s Word in our spiritual growth. He concluded his sermon with – “Three things that will really help you grow in your knowledge of God.” Number 1 on the list was “Reading your Bible regularly – at least 4 times a week.” He then mentioned that the “4 times a week” benchmark came from a recent Secret Church simulcast we participated in that was hosted by IMB President, David Platt.
Although I’m not sure where the “4 times a week” benchmark originated from, I can agree that it is a good starting point. For those who already exceed this goal, Platt jokingly stated that if you’re reading the Bible 5, 6, or 7 days a week, not to cut back to 4 because of his statement. He then stated that if you are reading the Bible 7 days a week, strive for 8. Now, some of you may be scratching your heads wondering what he means by this, but the point was well received by me…..we can never get too much of God’s Word.
So how does this goal of regular Bible reading play out? Are we to set goals of how many chapters we read each day? Should we be on a 90-day plan, 6-month plan, or 1-year plan? Should we start in Genesis, Matthew, or somewhere else? Should I read in the morning or at night? Should I read with my family or alone?
Friend, this is where we have liberty. Choose a plan that works for you including how much to read each day, where to begin, when to read, etc. I’m all for systematic Bible study, it is necessary, but you have the ability to choose the plan. The more important question is this, “HOW should we read the Bible?” Here is part of the answer given during the simulcast:
Read the Bible prayerfully.
Read the Bible humbly.
Read the Bible carefully.
Read the Bible joyfully.
Read the Bible confidently.
Read the Bible diligently.
Read the Bible completely.
Read the Bible expectantly.
Read the Bible personally.
When we read the Bible in these ways, we will fall in love with the Author of the Book!
Here are some ways that I read through the Bible. They are not necessarily the “right” way (or the wrong way), but they are effective in helping me and my family stay connected with God through His Word.
I’m finishing my current Bible reading plan this week and plan to begin the reading plan that Bro. Mike presented next Monday (Click Here for reading plan). Join me and let’s fall deeper in love with our Great God as we grow in our knowledge and understanding of Him.
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