Are you planning to read the Bible in 2022?
I mean planning in both senses. That is, are you making both a strategy and a commitment to follow that strategy? You see, a commitment to read the Bible in 2022 is good, but it will be difficult for most to keep that commitment unless there is some sort of strategy to carry it out. So, here are a few ideas for creating a strategy for your Bible reading this next year:
- Various Bible Reading Plans
- Personally, I am currently on the “M’Cheyne Plan” (though I’m not doing it all in one year). I have really enjoyed the “Discipleship Journal Plan” in the past. I have also benefited from an overview plan (there are 60, 90, & 180 day plans; you can find them here).
- I also have really enjoyed, especially alongside an overview plan, the “MacArthur Plan”, or at least a variation of it. This is where you read one book of the Bible each day for a month. You can break up longer books into 3, 5, or 7 chapter sections. This way you can read Philippians 30 times in a one month and really get a better grasp of (and prayerfully a greater love for) that portion of God’s Word. And with a book like John, with 21 chapters, reading 3 chapters a day, you can read the whole thing in a week and 4 times in a month.
- One more that I haven’t done yet, but looks good to me is the “NT with OT References Plan”, found here. The focus of this plan is as follows: “Read the New Testament, and review every Old Testament passage it references as you read. Don’t just skim over the Old Testament reference; instead, read the text in its original context—and you’ll learn about the Old Testament, too. A good study Bible will help you with this task.”
Whatever plan you choose, I really urge you to have one. Which, remember, must include both a commitment and a strategy. If we, your pastors, can be of any help, please let us know.