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Christian New Year’s Resolutions: Resolution 1

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV).

According to a 2011 study, there are 2.18 billion Christians around the world, that’s was roughly one-third of the 2010 world population of 6.9 billion people, in a world populated with people who seem to be on a path to self-destruction, those are some encouraging statistics. Another report published by the Bible Study Tools web site the vast majority of those 2.18 billion Christians have never read the Bible from cover to cover, that revelation dampens ones enthusiasm over the first report’s findings, what even saddens me more now is the realization that I had been one of those Christians for far too many years. I now read the Bible from cover to cover every year, but if you aren’t, you need to make reading the Bible from Genesis through Revelations the first New Year’s Resolution on your list.

Why do so many Christians fail to read the Bible in its entirety every year, because, at first glance doing that seems like an overwhelming task with its 66 books, 1,189 chapters, 31,102 verses, and 788,258 words in the King James Version, but it becomes doable when you follow a 365-day reading plan. There is an abundance of Bible reading plans available online, many of them free to download and use, Bible Study Tools list seventeen plans that you can choose from. To access these reading plans and all the other helpful Bible study tools available on this site you have to set up a free account with them, but that’s quick and simple. The 17 plans available on this site are:

  • 71 Days in Isaiah
  • Book Order
  • Chronological
  • Chronological New Testament
  • Classic
  • Daily Gospel
  • Daily Psalm
  • Daily Wisdom
  • New Testament
  • Ninety-Day Challenge
  • Old Testament and New Testament
  • One-Year Immersion Plan
  • Prof. Horner's Reading System Stay-on-Track Plan
  • The Busy-Life Plan
  • The Christmas Bible Reading Plan
  • Thematic

If you have never done a 365-Day Reading Plan before, I recommend starting with either the Book Order, Chronological, Thematic, or the Classical plans, but you can explore all the plans on the Bible Study Tools website, you can even choose the translation of the Bible that you want to study.

A few Tips to Help You Succeed

  • Start using you 365-day Bible reading program today, many people will tell you that the best time to start a through the Bible in one year program is January 1st, poppycock, there is no better time than today.
  • Study the Scripture portions at the same time every day, pick a time of day that works best for you, and then stick to that schedule. Mornings are always great because there’s no better way to start your day than spending time with God and His Holy Scriptures but whatever time fits your schedule is good.
  • Read the daily assigned Scriptures not because you need to read them to read the Bible in a year, read them to learn them so that you can rightly divide the Word of truth. Begin each daily session with a prayer asking the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and knowledge so you may perceive what God is trying to teach you through His written Word, and end your daily study with another prayer thanking God for the new understanding that you have gained from your studies.

All Scriptures are from the KJV Bible and are in the public Domain


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Comments

MegL wrote on December 19, 2014, 1:14 PM

Whatever goal you to choose to reach, "start today" and "stick to a planned schedule" will help you achieve them

BarbRad wrote on December 20, 2014, 12:41 AM

I really need to get back to this. I have read the Bible through at least once and memorized a good portion of it, but I'm haphazard about studying it these days in any disciplined way. I just might check this out. Thanks for posting.

Jerry_Walch wrote on January 5, 2015, 6:25 PM

Thanks for reading and commenting BarbRad. Sorry for not replying sooner, but I Have been ill and haven't been writing or reading much on the computer.

BarbRad wrote on January 7, 2015, 3:57 PM

i haven't done much myself these past two days due to exhaustion. Hope you are feeling better.