2016 is upon us and maybe you have set a goal in your mind to read the Bible all the way through. If you have (which I think you should), I have a couple of tips that will help you not only get started but also follow through with your ambition. There are three things that are needed to follow through with reading the entire Bible this year:
1. Have A Set Time & Place
Much Bible reading is not done because it is not planned to be done. I suggest finding a regular (if possible) time everyday to sit down and read your Bible. I have found that the early morning hours work best for me since I am most attentive and alert. On top of finding a regular time, find a place that you can read your Bible regularly. For me, it's in my office. For others, it may be in their living room, Starbucks, etc. Having a regular time and place to meet with God in His Word is helpful in getting in the routine of reading the Bible.
2. Get A Reading Plan You Like
This is important. Find a reading plan that you like. Justin Taylor recently wrote a huge post for the TGC blog on a variety of different plans (you can read the post here). For me, I enjoy using the reading plan laid out in D.A. Carson's For The Love of God. There are a lot of plans out there. So be sure to find the one that you like the most! My church is going through the Bible this year and has a great reading plan put together that you can download here.
3. Read Out Loud
This may seem strange, but I read my Bible out loud. I have found that when I read out loud, I am not prone to wander off in my mind or get distracted by other things. Instead, I am focusing on each word I am saying. This helps me not only truly read, but meditate at the same time. Give it a try!
I am a Husband to Clarissa, Pastor at Liberty Baptist Church, reader of many books, and tweeter at @brad_merchant.