2023 Bible Reading Plan
Over the last two years we have purposed to read the Bible together as a church family. In 2021 we read through the New Testament together and in 2022 we offered a few options: read through the New Testament again, read through the Old Testament only, or read through the Old and New Testament.
This has personally benefited me in my devotional time and discipline but also in my preaching and teaching preparation. And I’ve often seen eyes perk up in the congregation when an allusion to a recently read text has been made.
In 2023 I would like our reading plan to focus on a slower, methodical reading of the Old Testament, and particularly in chronological order, the way events happened in history. The way our English Bibles are composed we often read the Old Testament text by its genre (history, wisdom literature, prophecy) but in many cases these writings are detached in our minds from when they happened in redemptive history.
In doing so we will see contemporary and parallel texts that happened in the same time period but that we often read as having happened before or after one another in history.
This plan, like 2022, will also offer options. If a Bible reading plan is new or reading through the Old Testament is intimidating, then there is the option to read through the New Testament slowly over the course of the year. If the Old Testament is what you want to focus on, then you can read just the Old Testament.
Either way, the goal of us reading Scripture together is to create those individual and corporate rhythms of study and reflection as we grow in our knowledge and love for God and His people through encountering Him in his living and active word.
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