In his classic book, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald Whitney says: “No other spiritual discipline rivals the importance of the intake of God’s Word. No other spiritual discipline can compensate for the lack of it. Without feasting on the food of Scripture, no one will enjoy a growing, healthy Christlike life.” And of course, he’s right. If we want to hear from God we must read, mediate on, and feast upon His Word. Here are some resources to help you do that in 2017.
Bible Reading Plans
Bible Reading Plans for 2017 from Ligonier Ministries
A variety of different Bible reading plans
Through the Bible in one year with readings 5 days a week
Through the Bible in one year and praying through a psalm each day
Three Year Bible Reading Plan by Tim Chester
Through the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice in 3 years
- Choose a book of the Bible.
- Read it in its entirety.
- Repeat step number two 20 times.
- Repeat this process for all books of the Bible.
Bible Reading Methods
The S.O.A.P acronym stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer.
Scripture: Take your time to read and reflect on the day’s Bible reading (according to whatever plan you are following). When you are done, look for a verse that particularly resonated with you, and write it in your journal.
Observation: What particularly caught your attention? What questions do you have? What do you think God is saying to you in this Scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and to reveal Jesus to you.
Application: How do these verses apply to your life right now? Is it instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or correction in a particular area of your life. Write out how these verses apply to you today.
Prayer: Write out a prayer to God based on what you just learned and ask Him to help you apply this truth in your life.
The Swedish Method begins by reading through your daily Bible reading and being on the looking for three things:
A light bulb: This should be something that ‘shines’ from the passage—whatever impacts most, or draws attention.
A question mark: Anything that is difficult to understand in the text, or a question the reader would like to ask the writer of the passage or the Lord.
An arrow: A personal application for the reader’s life.
You should write down at least one thing next to each item. Allow yourself time to savour the text and explore it at your own pace.
Bible Reading Apps
A free Bible app for your phone, tablet, or computer. YouVersion brings God's Word into your daily life, and contains hundreds of different Bible reading plans.
Spend quality time reading the Bible daily while learning how to read it with contextual videos from The Bible Project.
A free Bible reading app with commentary by Nicky and Pippa Gumbel. Nicky Gumbel is the Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton in London. The daily readings can be read online, in the app or emailed to your inbox.
The Explore App contains daily Bible readings with questions to help you engage with the Bible.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105