This morning I began a new series about the basics of church membership. The first “DO” of being a church member is to continuously GROW in the knowledge and application of the Word of God.
One of my points was that a church member knows where to get the Word of God. One way is by committing to personal time in the Word. Below are seven suggestions to help you either (1) get started doing this; (2) get better at doing this; or (3) kick it up a notch to grow in biblical maturity.
#1. Read a chapter from Proverbs every day.
The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters in it. Most months, if you read a chapter a day, you can read through the entire book in a month. Tomorrow is March 24th. Start tomorrow morning by reading Proverbs 24. Pick out a verse that speaks to you and meditate on it or write it in a personal journal. Not only will this help you get in the habit of reading your Bible everyday – but will also drastically enhance your life. The Proverbs are filled with practical and godly wisdom for every area of your life.
#2. Read a chapter in the Old Testament and one from the New Testament every day.
#3. Read a chapter a day from the Gospels.
Start in Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. Read a chapter. Jot down a verse or two that speaks to you and meditate on it. We have FOUR DIFFERENT BOOKS to read about the life of our Lord Jesus! Don’t neglect the treasure chest known as the Gospels!
#4. Find a “Read the Bible Through” plan that works for you.
There are tons and tons and tons of these available. Some won’t work for you. Some might. For others, reading through the Bible is something that does not interest you at all. But for those of you who do, click here, here, here, or here for a HUGE selection of plans to get you going! By the way – it’s okay if you start on March 24th, rather than January 1st. It’s ALSO OKAY to start over if you did start on January 1st, but have fallen far behind. Welcome to the club!
#5. Invest in a good Study Bible.
A good study Bible can help explain things that don’t make sense or when extra clarity is needed.
I recommend these three:
#6. Find an Easy, Yet Solid Bible Devotional
This may sound crazy and sacrilegious – but it REALLY helped me develop the habit of daily Bible reading. It wasn’t until I got to college that I really began to enjoy reading. Someone introduced me to some books by Max Lucado. I began reading a chapter or two from one of his books every day. God has gifted him with a remarkable imagination and way of helping others understand and apply great biblical stories and truths. Believe it or not, this really set the trajectory of me wanting to read the Bible more and for developing the habit of reading it everyday.
Perhaps you just need to start by doing this. But please remember: reading an author’s take on the Bible – though helpful – is still NOT the Bible itself. Do this to help you develop the habit of seeking God for yourself personally in His Word.
#7. At the end of the day, figure out what works for you and DO IT.
A chapter a day. Four chapters a day. A passage a day. A verse in the morning and a verse at night. Whatever works for you – figure it out and do it! At the end of the day, it’s not about how much or how little you read. . . rather, it is about you connecting with God in His Word and letting Him transform you into the person He made you to be.
Anybody out there with some additional tips, hints, or advice for daily Bible reading????