We honor the Bible as the revelation of God to man and our final authority for belief and behavior. With this in mind, each year we seek to give ourselves to a simple, yet consistent reading of the Bible. For 2020, there are two different plans we are encouraging the church family to consider.
READ SCRIPTURE EXPERIENCE1
This plan takes you on a chronological journey through the Bible that will help you see the whole Bible as one unified story. Beyond the reading, there are periodic videos to help you in your understanding of books, sections, genre, words, and major themes. Along with reading, you will learn the value of praying through the Psalms over the course of the year.
NEW TESTAMENT PLUS (NT+)
This approach allows you to read slowly through the New Testament. The readings will consist of one chapter a day for 6 days. You’ll have one day available for reflection (or catching up if you get behind). One reading each week will be a chapter from the Old Testament that was referenced in a New Testament passage read earlier in the week.
Visit our Treasuring Scripture Together webpage for the details on both of these plans.
While reading the Bible is vital to your spiritual growth, it’s important you don’t do so in isolation! As members one of another, we are called to encourage each other toward faithfulness (Heb 10:23-25). The reason many people give up when trying to read through the Bible is that they go at it alone. Taking this journey with each other helps us stay on track. We receive help from others when we’re stuck. Others help us to see things we often miss when we’re alone. We can also provide much-needed mutual encouragement, accountability, and prayer.The reason many people give up when trying to read through the Bible is that they go at it alone. #treasuringscripture Click To Tweet
So, if you’re consistently in the Word, how can you encourage others in the church to be consistent, too? If you are not consistent in the Word, would you appreciate someone helping you establish consistency?
If you’re ready to begin, here’s how to make it happen.
1) Use Technology.
While there are printed versions available to follow, it might be most helpful to utilize technology.
- For the Read Scripture Experience, you can download the app.
- For the NT+, visit Bible.com and follow the instructions to create your free account, then download the Bible App to your smartphone or tablet. Search for the OWNIT365 New Testament (NT+) plan, then click “Start Plan”.
2) Get Social.
- Meet up with 1 or 2 others from your small group each week. Discuss what you’ve learned through your reading and pray together for God to continue to use His Word to grow and deepen our church.
- If you haven’t already, join the Treasuring Scripture Together Facebook group. Share your insights, ask questions, and provide encouragement to others.
- When posting your thoughts, ideas, and encouragement to any social media platform, use the hashtag, #treasuringscripture and tag Lebanon Baptist Church. We are on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Be careful. Do not approach this as a “New Year’s Resolution”. That mentality will quickly decline into checking off boxes. It will get overwhelming to keep up with a schedule or count the number of verses and chapters to conquer in any given week.Bible reading isn't about getting through a checklist and completing a plan; it’s about building a relationship. #treasuringscripture Click To Tweet
Remember, Bible reading isn’t about getting through a checklist and completing a plan; it’s about building a relationship. Don’t turn it into something mechanical. Just get to know God and let His Word inform your beliefs and captivate your affections.
Will you commit to reading the Bible this year?
We will begin on January 1, 2020. We look forward to taking this journey together. If you have any questions, please contact the church office or visit the Hospitality Center over the next few Sundays.
1 While our church leadership is not in complete agreement with the philosophical positions of the creators of the Bible project, and we do recognize key doctrinal elements missing (i.e, God’s wrath on sin, propitiation, etc.) we do believe their contributions are valuable enough to recommend. As with any resource, always exercise biblical discernment.