Those who read and hear and apply the Bible's message are called "blessed" (Revelation 1:3). Romans 12:1-2 also describes the transformation that takes place in a person's life when their mind is renewed. Reading scripture is one of a few basic but critical spiritual disciplines any person can undertake (with prayer and worship making up the top three disciplines). But sometimes we need additional resources to help us understand the bible and the way Christians have understood and applied it for centuries. We are pleased to offer this short list of additional books and resources to help you in your spiritual growth, listed below under their appropriate topics. Have a suggestion for the list? Email pastor Gibson here.
Bible Reading Plans
Every Christ-follower (and those who are seeking) will benefit from systematically reading God's Word. Here are a few basic bible reading plans...
New to the Bible? Start here:
21 Days - 5 minutes a day: Locate the book of "John" in the Bible (not 1 John, just John). Read one chapter a day for 21 days. For additional insights, highlight or underline or circle the following keywords: believe, life, and "I Am"
5x5x5 - 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, 5 ways to go deeper: This bible reading plan is a great place for those who are new to daily bible reading. At the end of one year you will have worked through the entire New Testament. You can download the guide here.
Experienced Readers? Looking for a challenge?
Discipleship Journal's Bible in a Year: No frills here - just Old Testament and New Testament - with a daily calendar that has you reading every day. Here's the link.
Prof. Grant Horner's Bible Reading System: This plan is for the very motivated! I did this one year and it was absolutely transformational!!! I highly recommend it! It's 10 chapters a day every day. If that sounds like a lot, consider that you're encouraged to read quickly and also understand that it can be done in the space of an hour (a typical evening TV show). Here's the link.
M'Cheyne's Bible Reading Plan: Robert Murray M'Cheyne's Bible reading calendar has been a solid plan for over 100 years. It was designed to combine family devotional reading and private devotional reading into one plan. If you're looking for a good plan that gets you through the Bible in a year (Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice!) this is a solid option. Here's a link to the calendar.
Looking for more options?
Here you go - lots of options at the ESV website - You can create a free account and get access to great study tools and a larger variety of bible reading plans.
Also, if you have the "YouVersion" Bible App on your phone or device, there are dozens of specialty plans to choose from!