A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about some great reasons to read your Bible but, annoyingly, after that I started struggling to read my Bible again. After a while of flipping through it each day I stumbled across a link to Soul Survivor’s ‘The Bible in One Year’ and things have been going brilliantly.
I think one of the things I like most about the way Soul Survivor have done this is that it starts in September, which obviously is to fit the academic year for students and people in school, but it also takes away that daunting feeling that, come January 1st, you need to totally sort your life out and change everything. However, as I started a new job two days after this kicked off, it was perfect timing for me.
First, check out this video featuring Andy Croft, one of the guys who you’ll be seeing a lot of throughout the year:
At the start he briefly mentions the Bibles that Soul Survivor have put together for the year, but don’t feel like you have to buy one as you can just use your own, which is what I’m doing.
Every day there’s three readings, which sounds like a lot but it isn’t really. It starts off with Genesis, Matthew, and interchanges between Psalms and Proverbs. So while you read Genesis, and take in a lot of negative, violent situations, you can then compare it to Matthew and the difference in the world when Jesus comes.
The programme is led by Mike Pilavachi and Andy Croft and every day there’s either a video or short article by one of them to go along with the readings. Unlike being given a list of passages to read and figure out by yourself, the blog posts really help in your understanding of what you’re reading, which means that you’re getting daily teaching. It’s important not to just read the Bible without notes of some sort because while individual interpretations can be good it’s useful to get the passages properly in context. The use of different types of media is good for those of you who have a short attention span, because you can read the day’s passages in your own time and then check out the video or article when you’re ready (or the other way round, of course).
Another great factor is that you can get involved in the discussion in the comments on the blog. You can help out people with their questions or ask your own. Knowing that you’re reading with other people is an encouragement to keep going as it can be hard to keep up your motivation at times if you think it’s just you, going it alone.
The programme may be almost two weeks in but if you read quickly you can catch up in no time. The whole thing is a great way to get God in to your life every single day and to become closer to Him. You might think, “Oh, I’ve read those books before, so why bother doing it again”? Or, “How can I connect with God if I put so much structure into my reading?” People put a lot of emphasis on silly things like asking God to show them something really important the second they flick open their Bible; I’ve done this and also realise how insane it is. The whole Bible is important and God can speak to us through so much of it, so don’t think you only need to read it once, or that structure will ruin God’s ability to speak. He will talk to us in whatever way He needs to. So, what are you waiting for? Break out your Bible and get stuck in! It’s going to be a good year.