As I discussed in my most recent Sunday evening sermon, you need a healthy diet of Bible reading and a healthy exercise plan of Bible living. In my pastoral experience this will not happen unless you can answer the following questions:
When? You must be able to name the time when you will read the Bible. If not, it will most likely fall far down the priority list. It will fall so far down that it won’t get accomplished. Will you read in the morning? Noon? Night? Decide and put the time on your calendar and treat it like you would any other appointment.
Where? You must name the place where you will read the Bible. I know this sounds strange but it is a necessity in creating a routine and making Bible reading a priority. If the place is undecided your commitment is most likely undecided as well. A time and a place makes your Bible reading a scheduled event like much of the rest of your day.
What? You must decide beforehand what you will read in your Bible. Many people are intimidated by the size of the Bible – it’s a big book. In fact, it’s a library of 66 books. Where to start? If you’re undecided on what to read, you will find yourself at the time and place to read the Bible and end up merely flipping through it. You can easily Google “Bible reading plan” and find tons of free plans that take you through the Bible in a year or lead you in a chronological reading of the Bible. For the people of SSFBC, we will have a Bible reading emphasis in 2020. You be hearing more about this in the days to come and we will provide you with a Bible reading plan.
Here’s my recommendation for right now: Since the goal is not merely Bible reading but also Bible living, go slow. I recommend starting with a small book of the New Testament, perhaps Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, or Colossians. Read slow. Each of these books can be read from start to finish in under 30 minutes (even for slowest of readers). Read, for example, Philippians 1 in an attitude of prayer. Allow yourself time to reread particularly noteworthy verses. Allow yourself time to reflect and meditate. Make notes. More importantly, spend the day trying to live out what you’ve read. Here’s the deal. When you sit down to read the Bible the next day – feel free to reread Philippians 1. No need to rush. The goal is Bible reading and Bible living. Perhaps you read Philippians 1 everyday for a week. The chapter is now familiar. The message is on your heart and mind. And you’ve attempted to live it out for an entire week.
You need a healthy diet of Bible reading
and a healthy exercise plan of Bible living.