Reading Through the Bible
What kind of year will 2023 be for you? What will happen this year in the life of our church? Only the Lord knows, but I believe that if we will commit to our mission to love God, love people, and make disciples, we will see many lives changed for eternity.
One way that we can accomplish our mission is through our own personal discipleship. Many folks are committing to exercising more in 2023. Will you join me in prioritizing our spiritual health, too?
There is no lasting spiritual growth apart from God’s Word. I challenge you to choose a Bible reading plan and dive fully into the beauty and truth of the Word this year.
Here are some tips on keeping up with this resolution:
1. Be accountable. Get some buddies, your small group, your kids, your spouse, etc. to join you. Discuss the daily reading with them. Christian growth is best done together.
2. Show yourself (and others) some grace. It’s ok if you get behind or miss a day here or there. Don’t be legalistic about it!
3. Get a good Bible with a readable translation that can help make sense of what you’re reading. I like the ESV Study Bible (Crossway) or the NLT Study Bible (Tyndale).
4. Take notes as you read. Pray through the text, asking God to illumine the Scriptures.
Below are a few plans that I like. There are many more out there, including some on apps like the ESV app or YouVersion Bible app.
Thanks for going on this journey together. I pray that, by God’s grace and for His glory, 2023 will be a year of miracles great and small.
Grace and peace,