Reading and meditating on the Word of God is absolutely vital to Christian growth. Though many Christians are regular Bible readers, others are not regularly getting into the Word.
The elders of Westside Bible Fellowship encourage everyone who is part of the Westside body to read and meditate on God's Word daily. Not so we can say that we've done our duty or check off our Bible reading chart. Rather, so we can get to know God better and delight in Him and His wonderful love for us.
Think you're too busy to read the Bible? This infographic shows you have more time for Bible reading than you think.
The Bible teaches the importance of Scripture meditation which involves reading a passage and taking time to think deeply about it - what it means and how it applies to our lives. Turning Scripture into prayer is an excellent way to meditate on it. This article explains how to meditate on Scripture.
There's great value in doing a Bible read-through with another person. Check out this article on the power of reading the Bible together. In this article, Gary Thomas gives practical tips for how married couples can do Bible read-throughs together.
Bible reading plans: Here are some helpful one-year reading plans:
Chronological One-Year Read-through: This Bible reading plan focuses on the major people and events of the Bible in chronological order, beginning with Creation, moving through the history of Israel, the life of Christ, the birth and growth of the church and ending with Revelation's prophetic words. Click here to download a copy.
New Testament and Psalms One-Year Read-through: Less intensive than the chronological read-through, this plan will take you through the entire New Testament and the Psalms and Proverbs in one year. Click here to download a copy.
5x5x5 One-Year Read-through: This reading plan, developed by the Navigators, will take you through all 260 chapters of the New Testament, one chapter per day in one year by reading about 5 minutes a day. The gospels are read throughout the year to keep the story of Jesus fresh all year. Click here to download a copy.
The Gospel Coalition's Bible Reading Plan: This Bible reading plan will take you through the entire Bible in a year, including the New Testament and Psalms twice. Click here to download a copy.
Some Bible reading plans from Ligonier Ministries: This helpful link has several different reading plans. From reading tMhrough the whole Bible in 90 days to reading through the New Testament in five minute segments five days a week, there is a plan you can do.
Mobile phone apps: If you're an iPhone user, here is a great Bible reading app for getting started. It’s completely customizable with several different reading plan options and choose-your-own-start-date. There are other helpful phone apps for both Android and iPhone including the YouVersion Bible customizable in more than 40 languages and the Olive Tree Bible app.
Whatever plan or pace you choose, you will greatly benefit from spending more time in God's Word. Get started today. Read on your own. Grab a partner and read together. "Taste and see that the Lord is good!"- Psalm 34:8