Start the New Year off right with daily Bible reading

baby-in-old-persons-handsHappy New Year!

January first is, to many people, a fresh slate. Why not take advantage of a brand new year to spur your children, your mate and even…yourself…into making daily time in God’s word a priority?

Here’s a novel idea. If reading through the entire Bible in a year sounds daunting, how about just the New Testament? Perhaps you have a young reader who can’t handle the typical “3 chapters a day and 5 on Sunday” approach to reading the entire Bible through in one year…or maybe dyslexia or hectic schedules makes it difficult for you to comprehend reading that much each day…think about this New Testament reading schedule, courtesy of my mom. The rest of this post is in her words. (Thanks, Mom!)

There are 260 chapters in the New Testament…reading one chapter a day would get you into September (if I figured right!) before you finish the book of Revelation.  That would leave you with 105 days left to start over again.  With each reading, God’s message becomes clearer.

When you read a portion that is mostly names, don’t worry about their pronunciation.  Here’s what to look for as you read:

1.  Passages that help you understand just who God is and how He thinks about various things

2.  Instructions from God about living a godly life

3.  Facts about the events happening in the passage

4.  What God says (He’s the author of the whole book) about sin

5.  What He says about prayer

This will become second nature to you as you read.  Just as you focus on various areas of interest as you read about training horses or dogs or whatever subject fascinates you, so you will see that this becomes second nature to look for various ideas as you read each chapter.

When reading any of the Word of God you must remember that the words you read are ‘God-breathed’.  (In the original giving of the words by the Holy Spirit).  Let the following Scriptures become truth to you for they are truth.

1.  2 Timothy 3:16-17

2.  2 Peter 1:20-21

You can see where faith comes in.  Faith is just believing that what God says, IS SO.

As you read through the New Testament you will find verses you want to remember.  They might be promises God makes and you want to claim.  They might be verses that tell how important the Bible is and that it is truly the Word of God.  Make a note of them and read them again.

Here is the plan:

January 1-31,        read Matthew 1-28 (Note chapter 4:4)  Matthew tells the story of Jesus and emphasizes how He fulfills all the Old Testament prophecies.  Jesus is portrayed in this book as the King.

Mark 1-3       (one chapter per day)  Mark also tells the story of Jesus and presents Him as the conquering Servant.  The miracles spotlight His power as God.

February 1-28        read Mark 4-16

and Luke 1-16   Luke gives us another aspect of the life of Jesus.  He is presented in this book as the Son of Man.

March 1-31            read Luke 17-24

and John 1-21 and Acts 1-3  In the Gospel of John Jesus is presented as the Son of God.

April 1-30                read Acts 4-28

and Romans 1-5  (Important verse in this portion  3:23)

May 1-31                read Romans 6-16 ( note 6:23 and 10:5)

and 1 Corinthians 1-16

and 2 Corinthians 1-5

June 1-30               read 2 Corinthians 6-13

Galatians 1-6

Ephesians 1-6

Philippians 1-4

Colossians 1-4

1 Thessalonians 1-3

July 1-31                1 Thessalonians 4-5 (4:13-18 tell us about the rapture of believers when He comes again)

2 Thessalonians 1-3

1 Timothy 1-6

2 Timothy 1-4

Titus 1-3

Philemon (only 1 chapter)

Hebrews 1-9

August 1-31             Hebrews 10-13

James 1-5

1 Peter 1-5

2 Peter 1-3

1 John 1-5 (Chapter 5:10-13 is where God assures us of our salvation)

2 John

3 John

Jude

Revelation 1-6

September 1-30       Revelation 7-22

Begin at Matthew again.