Now that I’m nearing the end of my seminary time I’m transitioning from learning things to learning ways to pass on information to the church. The first step is probably to get people reading their Bibles on a regular basis. Regular Bible reading is essential as our thoughts are constantly being shaped into false molds by our culture and life circumstances. Regular Bible reading keeps the truth before us, and shapes us into God’s mold.
When thinking about a plan I suppose the main considerations are holistic coverage and sustainability. The trick is to not quit at Leviticus and Numbers. Leviticus is actually an important book; it presents a worldview that is very different than ours, which is part of the reason it is so difficult to read. While looking through my ESV Study Bible I noticed that they have a reading plan in the back which is broken into daily reading from several categories – Daily Psalms or Wisdom Literature; Pentateuch or the History of Israel; Chronicles or Prophets; and Gospels or Epistles. I really like this idea. It fits both criteria. Even when coming upon difficult material the reader can persevere as that reading is only part of the daily material. The ESV website lists several reading plans to try – reading plans.
This is a minimum baseline. Letters are meant to be read all at once instead of in one chapter bites. Therefore, it is better to read through faster than these plans advise. However, I think some reading is better than no reading, and therefore these plans are a good starting place to get used to the discipline of regular Bible reading.