2016 Bible Reading Plan


Now's a great time to start reading the Bible

You are important to God. God wants to speak to you. Let us help you start the conversation. 

1. Collect your Supplies

You'll need a Bible, a simple notebook, and something to write with.
  • There are many, many translations and types of Bibles. We recommend the NIV and NRSV translations. A simple Bible, without study notes, will serve you well.
  • Bibles are available in paper and digital formats. Click here for a great, free online Bible, purchase an inexpensive Bible for your e-reader, or consider YouVersion, a terrific free Bible app
  • Many people benefit from a Bible reading plan. Click here for our 2016 reading plan. It provides five days of reading per week. 
    • If you are new to reading the Bible, focus on the New Testament readings. They will be furthest to the right in the list of readings for the day.
    • Looking for a little more? Try the reading New Testament and Psalm passages for the day.
    • Ready for a challenge? Do all the readings for each day.

2. Find a quiet place and ask God to speak to you


Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to us. It's also a useful tool to use at a later time to reflect on and review some of the "gems" that you have received. Without writing these down, you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons! While journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily devotions with others.Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insights and even encourage others.

S for Scripture
Open your Bible to the 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.
O for Observation
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this Scripture down in your own words in your journal.
A for Application
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this Scripture can apply to you today.
P for Prayer
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this Scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. You may even want to pray this scripture on behalf of someone you care about or over a situation in your neighborhood, nation or world. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.
Click here for a video of this style of spiritual journaling from our friends at New Hope Christian Fellowship.

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