Whether you are new to the Bible, or have been reading the Bible for a long time, we have some tools to help you follow Jesus this year. These tools are Bible reading plans, as well as a Bible reading method to help you as you read. You can use these tools on your own, with a spouse or friend, or with others in one of our coreGROUPS. As Psalm 119:105 says, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

The Plan:

Our friends at YouVersion have created a Bible App that you can download on your smartphone. With over 200 million downloads, this is the leading Bible app and has tons of resources, including bible reading plans, audio versions where you can listen to the Bible read to you, as well as short devotionals for yourself, your group, your kids and your family. You can learn about YouVersion here: https://www.youversion.com/.

YouVersion Bible Reading AppHere are a few Bible Reading Plans from their app that we recommend:

  1. Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan – 4 chapters of reading, 6 days a week, one book at a time.
  2. Discipleship Journal’s 5x5x5 Reading Plan – one chapter a day, 5 days a week, will take you through the NT in a year.
  3. Any of the “Bible in a year” plans. These will have 4-5 OT and NT chapters to read each day.
  4. The Gospels – 3 chapters of reading from the Gospels to see Jesus’ life up close for 30 days.

Looking our previous plan?

The Method:

R.O.A.D.  While there are many methods for reading the Bible, we use this one in our coreGROUPS and as individuals.  If you would like to journal your thoughts as you go, you may do that as well.  Writing down your thoughts can’t hurt!  Here’s how it works:

Ask God to help you understand and then READ a chapter of the Bible slowly and out loud.  Repeat if necessary.

OBSERVE the details of the chapter and try to understand what the author is saying.  Ask observation questions like Who? What? When? Where? Why?  Notice repetitions, commands, questions, warnings and promises.  Ask things like: What is the main point?  What does this say about God?  What does this say about people?  What sin is there to confess?  What truth is there to believe? How does this point us to Jesus?

APPLY what you observed to your life.  Answer: What is one thing God is telling me through this chapter? What am I going to do about it?

Pray for God to help you DEPEND on Him to obey what He has shown you.  You can’t follow Jesus in your own power, depend on Him.