Many of you probably have had a Bible reading plan of some kind that you’ve done on your own. But this year, we want to run this race together. If you’re consistently in the Word, how can you encourage others in the church to be consistent? If you are not consistent in the Word, wouldn’t you love someone to come along side of you to help you?

So this year, there will be two options for you as a part of LBC to read the Bible together with your church family.

  1. One option will we will call “reading for distance”.
  2. Another other we will be “reading for depth”.

READING FOR DISTANCE (The Story of the Bible)

This approach will give you the opportunity to read through the story of the Bible. Really, this is the best way to come to understand the Bible – as a unified narrative. It’s a single story that reaches it’s climax in the person and work of Jesus!

  • Read 6 days a week and rest (or catch up) 1.
  • The Storyline Reading Plan
    • Old Testament
      • Genesis – 2 Chronicles (Creation, Fall, and Covenant with Israel)
      • Isaiah, Jonah, Hosea, Micah (Idolatry &Pre-Exile)
      • Ezra and Nehemiah (Return from Exile)
      • Daniel, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (Post-Exile)
    • New Testament
      • The Gospels are spread out and matched up with other books based on author and/or similar themes
      • Luke & Acts
      • Romans, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, & Ephesians (Letters of Paul to the early Church)
      • Matthew and Hebrews (Highlighting Jesus as the promised King of the OT)
      • 1&2 Timothy (Pastoral Letters)
      • Mark, 1 & 2 Peter (Peter’s experiences with Jesus)
      • John, 1 John & Revelation (The Divine Son of God and ruling King)
  • You will notice that this does not include the portions of the Old Testament that are repeated. For example, much of 1-2 Kings is also told in 1-2 Samuel and 1-2 Chronicles. So you will not find 1-2 Kings in this reading plan. There is also similar repetition with few of the prophetic books. There are also a few NT letters not included either. Please know: these books are not less important or less inspired, but in seeking to help people grasp the overall story of the Bible, we believe this is an acceptable approach.
  • There will be daily readings from one of the Wisdom Literature books (Job, Psalms, etc).
  • For the month of December you will find a brief daily Advent reading.

The prayer for those of you who take up this method is that you will see the entire scope of the Bible’s story in a fresh and helpful way.

 Download the 2017 Story of the Bible Reading Plan. 
(There will also be printed versions available at the Hospitality Center after January 1) 

READING FOR DEPTH (The New Testament)

This approach will give you the opportunity to read slowly through the New Testament, but in a way that groups the books together by author.

  • Read 6 days a week and rest (or catch up) 1.
  • The readings will consist of only one chapter per day.
  • Five of the days each week will come from the New Testament. The sixth reading that week will be a chapter from the Old Testament that was referenced to in the New Testament passages read earlier in the week.
  • To start out the plan, you read John’s writings—the Gospel of John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Revelation. Later in the year, you will read Luke and Acts together.

YouVersionDownload the 2017 New Testament Reading Plan.
(There will also be printed versions available at the Hospitality Center after January 1) 

If you’d like, you can follow the schedule on your computer, tablet, or phone. Click here to find the plan and set up your schedule with YouVersion (FYI: It starts with the day off, so if you would like to have Sundays off, start the YouVersion plan on a Sunday).

Also, be sure to check out the Bible Project videos on YouTube. Each video takes a book of the Bible and explains its main idea and themes. You will find this videos very helpful as we make our way through the Scriptures together.

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