Where Do I Start? (Part 4)
January 28, 2015
“15 and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:15-17
Part Four: What to Read?
You have figured out when you are most alert. You’ve identified the perfect place. You have scheduled out a block of time. Now – what do you read? Where do you start?
If you are just starting out or eager to develop the habit of daily Bible reading, let me suggest 3 different ways to choose from. Each of these would require around 5 minutes of your time each day and will move you toward developing this as a personal discipline.
#1. The JourneyOn App/Link
This is a daily devotional provided by Brentwood Baptist Church. You can download it as an app on your phone, or link to it every day from this website. Each day you will be provided with a Scripture to read and a devotional thought based on that passage.
The book of Proverbs is an Old Testament book (you can find it usually smack dab in the middle of your Bible) known for its wisdom. Proverbs is very practical and easy to understand. The book contains 31 chapters. If you read a chapter a day, you end up reading the entire book in a month. If you choose to start with this option, choose the Proverb that coincides with the day’s date (for instance, on January 28th read Proverbs 28).
#3. The Gospels
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are all books that detail the life of Jesus. A good way to develop the habit of reading your Bible every day is to choose one of these Gospels and either (1) read a chapter each day; or (2) set your alarm for 5 minutes and read until the alarm stops. You might want choice #2 due to the fact that some of the chapters can get long. If you are wanting to develop this as a habit, you always want to leave yourself wanting more.
What time of day are you most alert?
Where can you go with minimal distractions?
How long should you carve out of your schedule?
Which of the above plans intrigues you and will most help you develop this as a daily habit?