For many of us the new year brings a fresh determination to get back into better habits of personal Bible reading. With this in mind here’s a few ideas that may help you get 2018 off to a good start.
- Get a Bible reading plan – there’s any number of these free to download and print out online (eg. the Murray-McCheyne one year plan).
- Use an app – something like The Bible in One Year app is free and comes with some notes. You could also try the Read Scripture app, which also has links to some really good YouTube intros to various Bible books.
- Value quality over quantity – lots of the Bible in one year resources are great, but don’t fall into the trap of reading lots without really taking any of it in. Better to chew over a few verses than mindlessly skim a ton of material.
- Don’t despair – if you get behind with your plan the temptation is to give up. It normally happens to me around February! Keep going. It doesn’t matter if you get behind – getting going again is what matters.
- Try a readers Bible – I’ve recently been using the ESV readers Bible. Essentially it takes out the chapter numbers, verse numbers, and headings. I’ve found it a refreshing way to read.
- Get hold of a devotional – for example Tim Keller’s daily readings in the Psalms – its the business!
- Try an audio Bible – for example David Suchet reading the NIV. If you’ve a fair commute in the car this can be a different way to take in some Bible in the mornings (or evenings).
- Find a podcast you like in which you can listen to sermons on different parts of the Bible.
- Mix it up – there’s nothing to say that once you’ve settled on something you have to stick only to that plan or method for the entire year. If you’re struggling then freshen it up and try something different.
- If you want to dig a bit deeper try reading a small commentary alongside a book of the Bible – the Bible Speaks Today series is great.
- If you really want to push yourself, do an online (or app based) course – Reformed Theological Seminary give access to lots of their courses for free.
Hopefully there’s something there you’re willing to have a go at. What other resources have you found helpful you could recommend to others? Please do comment below.