Reading Scripture Together
As Paul wrote his final words to Timothy, he told him that tough, difficult days were here and were coming for his young friend. In response to these difficult days, Paul says this to Timothy: “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, and you know that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” Paul’s encouragement to Timothy was that he continually read the Bible. Why? Because of what Paul says in Romans 15: “For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures.” We have the Bible for our hope and endurance and encouragement. We need to be digging in!
So we’re sending out a challenge at Harbor West Oahu. We’re challenging everyone connected to our church to try one of the following Bible reading plans starting in August 2020 (we’re gonna treat August like it’s “January” for these reading plans, so that we’ll be pau in August of 2021). Here are the two plans:
The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan
This classic plan has you read in 4 places in the Bible each time you sit down to read (2 from the NT, and 2 from the OT). So as you start, you’d be reading in Matthew, Acts, Psalms, and Genesis. Usually it’s just a small amount from each of those books. This plan arranges the readings into 25 “sessions” per month, to allow for those days where you know it just ain’t happenin’. Check out the plan here: The Discipleship Journal Plan
The Read Through the Bible Plan For Shirkers and Slackers
This is a plan put together with people in mind who have tried traditional plans in the past and never made it passed February. This plan breaks the reading down into days of the week, instead of by months. There’s no real numbers or plan, so you never really feel like you’re falling behind and now have to sit down and read for 7 hours. You can attack it a number of ways, but the goal is to attack it! Check it out here: Shirkers and Slackers.
We need to focus on God’s Word together. If you’re taking this challenge, fill out this form and a pastor from our church will check in with you on your plan for the next year to provide some accountability.