Regular Bible Reading
We are confident that God's Word is central, authoritative, powerful, and sufficient to help people flourish as they come to faith and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Therefore, we want to encourage each other to be regularly reading the Bible individually and with others. Here are a few resources to help you establish a plan for regular Bible reading:
The Daily Devotional New Testament
The ESV Daily Devotional New Testament provides wise reflections and encouragement alongside daily readings in the New Testament books of the Bible. Featuring 365 devotions through the New Testament, this engaging devotional Bible is a great resource for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in the New Testament. Each day includes two readings from the New Testament—one from the first half (Matthew through Acts), and one from the second half (Romans through Revelation). Following each Bible reading is a short reflection aimed at helping readers consider the meaning of the passage and understand how it relates to Jesus Christ and the gospel. Each devotion concludes with a short passage from the Psalms that ties thematically into the day’s Bible reading, as well as a “Thoughts for Prayer” section to guide personal prayer and meditation.
use a plan from the bible app
There are many plans available to use that you can find here. If you've never read through the entire Bible, here's one of our favorite approaches.
This plan takes the material of the Bible and organizes it to flow in chronological order. Since exact dating of some materials or events is not possible, the chronology simply represents an attempt to give you the reader the general flow and development of the Bible's grand story. Some passages are placed according to topic (e.g., John 1:1-3 in Week 1, Day 2; and many of the psalms). There are six readings for each week to give you space for catching up when needed.
Through interactive adventures and beautiful animations, kids explore the big stories of the Bible. The Bible App for Kids is a delight-filled experience designed to encourage kids to return again and again. It’s the beginning of a lifelong love of God’s Word.
Read with the Help of a Wise Friend
It's often helpful to read a portion of the Bible and read the written reflections from a wise friend. Here are two of our favorite resources.
Morning and Evening
For over one hundred years, Christians have woken up and gone to bed with Charles Spurgeon's devotional Morning and Evening as a companion. With a passage to begin and end each day throughout the year, you will come to appreciate Spurgeon's emphasis on the importance of abiding in Christ and meditating on God's Word. His wisdom and counsel provide a timeless guide through the trials and triumphs of the year. The richness of his biblical understanding offers readers a look into the heart of one of England's foremost pastors and enduring Christian authors.
Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself
We need good preaching—preaching that challenges us by God’s Word and brings the comfort that comes from God’s promises. Yet many of us rely solely on others to preach to us and are not benefitting from the kind of preaching that should be most consistent and personal—preaching to ourselves. Note to Self is a practical introduction to this daily discipline. Pastor Joe Thorn delivers fifty brief, devotional chapters that model preaching the gospel to ourselves and its practical implications. Readers will be challenged by the book’s direct, personal exhortations to apply the law and the gospel to their own lives.