I’m excited to read the Bible in 2019 with as many folks as we can from SDPC. Here are some resources to get your 2019 off to a great start. I’m praying God helps many of us read through the whole Bible together this year.
All over the Scriptures, God promises to bless those who soak their minds in his Word. When you read Psalm 1, the entry point into prayer in the Bible, the message is clear: If you want to be planted by streams of still water and solid through the highs and lows of life, then put your mind in the Word of God.
It’s never been easier to do this than it is today. Not only are there a number of great translations available, but technology has made them accessible all the time. Plus, if you don’t have time to sit down every day and read for fifteen minutes, then you can listen to it on your way to work!
We tried to find a plan that offers a great reading pace, and we think this is very good one. It’s called “Bible in One Year” and Nicky and Pippa Gumbel, creators of Alpha, have put this together. We selected the YouVersion Bible app, because it offers the most resources for free.
Some people want to put a piece of paper in their Bible and check it off each day. If that’s you, here is the plan in PDF, read for printing. If you have any trouble, please pick one up from the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Special thanks to the folks at Alpha, who were willing to give me the plan in usable form!)
If you want to use your phone or tablet, here is a printable guide that walks you through how to:
Get the right Bible app (YouVersion),
Find the right plan (Bible in One Year)
And start using it.
*We’re trying to get a video up, but keep getting foiled by various hangups. Stay tuned for it!
Let’s get ready to start January 1, 2019!
Q: I have another plan I use… should I switch over?
A: If you have another Bible plan or that you are already doing that’s working for you, please carry on! We’ve tried to put together something that people can do together if they want to, and something that offers the most options possible.
Q: I don’t like these plans because I miss days and then I feel guilty. What do you think I should do?
A: Stop feeling guilty, and move onto the next day if you miss! It is better to miss a totally of a week or two over the course of the year, but have your mind and heart in God’s story overall, than to go around kicking yourself for one more thing you didn’t finish. After, our true goal is to become like Christ, not to read the Bible without ever missing a day.
Q: What if I’m not getting much out of it?
A: Pray, and keep reading. Think about this: You probably watch plenty of things on TV and see plenty of things on your phone that you don’t feel like you’re getting much out of it, but then when you reflect on your life you realize you WISH they didn’t have as much influence over you as they do. You can be sure that if you read the Bible regularly, it will influence you.
Q: What’s up with the commentary associated with this plan?
A: We’re recommending the reading plan, not the commentary. The commentary is good and often very helpful, but we’re not recommending it because the main goal is to get into the Bible, and because it’s not completely where we’re at theologically.