Dale Saylor | Pastor of Spiritual Maturity
Many Christians begin each new year with a plan to read through the entire Bible over the course of that year. Some reach that goal, but most don’t. Then there are others who don’t even bother to read God’s Word at all. The Bible is essential for knowing God and His will for our lives. The book of Romans tells us there are certain things we can know about God from general revelation. Without Scripture, people can know about God’s power and divine nature by examining creation (Romans 1:20). They also know God’s law because it is written on their hearts (Romans 2:14-15).
However, there is avast difference between knowing about God and personally knowing God. Everyone knows about God, which is why you are without excuse if you reject Him, but only a fraction personally know Him. The Bible is the foundational truth that teaches the history of the universe, the origin of sin, the reason for death, morality, and so on. Apart from God’s Word, mankind would never learn the all-important message of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The only way to learn the story of the Bible is to read through the Bible – that is, to read through the entire Bible, and to read through it multiple times. That sounds like quite a daunting task, but if you think about reading a very small amount of the Bible every day, you can accomplish reading through the entire Bible every year in very manageable chunks.
We are offering a great tool – the M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan. The 19th Century Scottish minister, Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1843), prepared a plan for Bible reading to take readers through the New Testament and Psalms twice a year, and through the rest of the Bible once each year. There are approximately 4 chapters per day in this plan.
The M’Cheyne Plan includes roughly four readings, and each reading is typically one chapter – every day. Each readings is in a different part of the Bible, so you are always reading a wide variety of Scripture in terms of genre, author, New Testament/Old Testament, chronology, etc.
God’s inspired and inerrant Word was given for many reasons: to teach us, rebuke us, correct us, and instruct us in righteousness; it was also given so that we may be complete and equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17). By reading the Bible on a consistent basis, you can find direction for your life and learn how to best serve the Lord who gave His life for you. Reading through the entire Bible also provides an opportunity to better understand Scripture’s “big picture.”
We encourage you to read the whole Bible if you never have before (but not just reading the Bible for the sake of reading it). If you have already read through the Bible, then we would urge you to consider studying Scripture in more detail by concentrating on the readings each day. Continue thinking about that passage throughout the day and try to think of ways to apply what you have learned.
The M’Cheyne Bible Reading plan will be available at the Welcome Desk near Door A.
Stay faithful and finish strong!