As I mentioned in my sermon from Psalm 1 on Sunday, January 6, the following blog is a list of helpful resources for you to get started reading your Bible regularly in 2019. If you missed the sermon, I encourage you to listen to it to understand the importance of being immersed in the Word of God. Listen to it here.

Where do I even start? What’s the first thing I should read?

Using a Bible reading plan is the best way to organize what you are going to read each day. There are all kinds of Bible Reading plans. Plans that will take you straight through the Bible cover to cover or plans that will organize your reading more thematically. Here are some resources:

  • Ligonier Ministries put out a list of all different kinds of Bible Reading Plans. Click here to look through those plans. 
  • I personally use the 5 Day Bible Reading Plan because I like to have the flexibility every week. You can get that PDF here
  • One of our Elders, Joe Carter, wrote an article about how to create a Bible Reading Plan for your children. Read that here. 
  • If your looking for a good Bible Reading App for your phone, I highly recommend the Read Scripture App. Not only does this give you a good Bible Reading Plan but this includes short, well done videos that provide introductions to each book and major section of the Bible. Check the app out here!

How should I read the Bible? How do I get something out of it? What if I have questions?

It’s one thing to read the Bible but it’s another thing to engage the Bible. We all have read a book before and forgot everything we just read an hour later. The best way to read the Bible is to read it slowly and interactively – asking questions about what you have read and thinking deeply about how it might apply to your life.

Scott Sauls wrote a helpful article on this topic – An Easy, Non-Intimidating Way to Start Reading the Bible. In this article, Scott helps give you a process of reading the Bible, good questions to ask, and how to pray after you’ve read each day. This is definitely worth the read. Find it here.

I also highly recommend the ESV Study Bible when you read the Bible. It has great notes on every page along with introductions to each book of the Bible that will answer a lot of your questions. There are a lot of Study Bibles out there, but I trust the notes in the ESV Study Bible the most. Find it here.

This is intimidating for me! I have never done this before!

If you have a really hard time consistently reading the Bible and feel discouraged, my number one piece of advice is to find someone else from the church to read the Bible with you! Actually, one of the most helpful ways to read the Bible is with other people. Maybe there is someone else in the church who is struggling to consistently read the Bible and they need help to. Why not get together with them weekly to read the Bible together and talk about it? You could even do this over FaceTime or a Zoom call.

David Helm wrote a really good, short book on how to do this well. It’s called One to One Bible Reading. I encourage you to find a friend, pick up this book, and start getting together regularly to read the Bible together. Find it here.

I pray that these resources are helpful for you. Remember, the point is to have regular interaction with God’s Word because regular interaction with God’s Word nourishes the soul. So, if you have a hard time keeping up with a reading plan, don’t make a big deal out of it. If you’re having a hard time understanding something, feel free to ask someone for help. If you need someone to read the Bible with you, just ask! I pray this year will be a year of joy for us at Grace Hill Church because we feast regularly on the Word of God!