Why read the Bible?
Paul tells Timothy in 2 Tim. 3:16-17 the following, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” What you should immediately notice is the origin of the Scriptures. Unlike your favourite novel series, the Scriptures are described as being “breathed out by God“, which means that its origin is from God. In particular the Holy Spirit, as 2 Pet. 1:21 would explain, “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” The Scriptures are God’s revelation to you, being inspired by God the Holy Spirit.
Yet, apart from its origin, you should also notice that God’s inspired words, the Scriptures, are “profitable“. They are given for your benefit, and Paul elaborates on what that benefit is… It is beneficial for “teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work“. It is primarily through God’s Word, the Scriptures, that we are taught who God is, what He has done and what it means to live for Him. Moreover, as we begin to know God through His Word, we will soon discover that many aspects of our lives and our beliefs about God don’t match up with what He has revealed of Himself. It will “reproof/rebuke, correct and train” us in our knowledge of God and in our living for God. And as we allowe God’s Word to shape us, it will inevitably make us, “competent, equipped for every good work“. (for some further reading, look at Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1, Matthew 7:24-27 and James 1:25)
What you can do…
In Psalm 1:2, a blessed man is described as someone who “delights” and “meditates” on God’s Law. This is a person who finds joy in audibly recalling/thinking deeply/memorizing God’s Word. Similarly, James 1:25 explains that a person is blessed if they look intently into God’s “perfect law” (the Old and New Testament) and becomes a hearer and doer of it. Consequently, to live the Christian life, a life deemed “blessed” by God or “known” by God (Ps. 1:6), you will need to take seriously the reading, hearing, memorizing and applying of the Bible in your life.
On this page, we would like to make available various Bible reading plans and useful websites that might aid you as you begin to get to know God’s Word personally.
Here are some Bible Reading Plans that you could download and use…
- The Bible Project Reading Plan (with clips explaining the books of the bible as you go)
- Bible Eater
- Daily Bible Reading Plans from Biblestudytools.com
- Daily Bible Reading Plans from ESVbible.org