Make the Bible a Priority.
Reading the Bible every day can change your life. The Bible is the primary way God speaks to us. It’s the absolute best way to discover how to follow Jesus. Reading the Bible will bring you hope, encouragement, guidance, conviction, and practical instructions on every aspect of your life. It’s our goal to teach you how to have a daily, unhurried, inspired time to read the Word of God and to know the God of the Word. Reading the Bible shouldn’t be something you need to do, but rather something you love to do. Perhaps you don’t have time to add one more thing to your day. We’re all busy. Reading the Bible isn’t a time issue; it’s a priority issue. Making the Bible a priority isn’t complicated – just open your Bible and read! It’s helpful to pick a specific time of day so you begin forming a new habit, and to find a place where you can be open and vulnerable before God and give Him your undivided attention. The Word of God is the foundation of transformation. Your ability to believe and obey the Word is the difference between faith and faithlessness, hope and hopelessness, love and emptiness.
Where to Start
We would encourage you to start reading the Gospel of John. Start reading at least a half a chapter a day. Make it a priority to set time aside to reflect on what God is teaching you through his word. Once you have read through the Gospel of John, start reading in the Gospel of Mark, then Luke, and then Matthew.
Reading Plan for the Gospel of John
Scripture — Read through a passage or chapter each day, as assigned in the below reading schedule and write down the key verse that stands out to you. Open your Bible to your reading for the day. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
Observation — Write down a primary insight or thought that God is teaching you from the Scripture. What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you.
Application — Write down how this insight applies to your life — be as specific as possible. Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
Prayer — Write out any prayers you have for that day. This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or even a prayer for a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.