Bible reading plans for 2011

In the sermons on Sunday (the first of 2011), I preached from Colossians 1 and Ephesians 4 and emphasised the need for us to be growing Christians (Col 1:10, Eph 4:15-16). One of the areas of growth is our knowledge of God through his word. If you don’t already do this, I want to encourage you to some systematic reading of God’s word, the bible. You can start at the beginning and plough on through to the end, of course, but most people find that approach quite difficult.

As an alternative, why not consider using a reading plan that helps give some structure to your reading and also gives variety. You can Google “bible reading plans” and will find plenty, but here are a couple of really helpful articles with links to some good plans to suit your timing and taste. Most will have a few sheets for you to print out and keep with your bible or some will use email or blog entries to guide you through.

Whatever you decide or however you do it, the important thing is to actually read God’s word and do so prayerfully, asking God to speak to you.

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119 verse 11

Two very helpful articles:

http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/2011-bible-reading-plans

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2010/12/31/bible-reading-plans-3

Links to other plans:

http://www.bibleplan.org

http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/readingplans

This is linked from the other Gospel Coalition site above but is worth linking again:

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2010/12/29/two-year-bible-reading-plan/