Two Ways to Read the Bible

4 Jan

I recommend that every Christian who can should be a consistent Bible reader. But there are two ways to read which I believe are both essential to the greatest degree of spiritual growth and health.

First, every believer should read the Bible in large chunks. Three or so chapters a day takes you through the Bible in a year, so that is a good place to start. This kind of reading gives you the lay of the land and helps you see the big picture of God’s working. But along with this, I recommend secondly that every believer take time to read the Bible on a micro level, with pen in hand, ready to note and meditate over biblical truth. Here individual books of the Bible might be your aim. Maybe you could make it a goal to carefully read through the Psalms this year (you could go through the Psalms twice during the year if you did one a day). Or maybe 2017 will be the year you study the gospel of John. Or perhaps you will take a year to mull over Romans, or explore Ephesians. Maybe you want to spend the year reading everything in the Bible about the life of Peter or David. Or maybe you will focus on the women of the Bible. Perhaps you might fix your attention on all the prophecies made about Jesus in the Old Testament or maybe everything you can find in the Bible about prayer. You could trace the attributes of God through the Scriptures. The possibilities are almost endless.

The bottom line is that I encourage you to take time each day for macro-level reading and micro-level reading. You will find it very rewarding to give your attention to the Scriptures in this way in 2017.

2 Responses to “Two Ways to Read the Bible”

  1. creatorworship January 4, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

    The macro-reading frequently suggests the micro-studying I want or ought to do. As you survey the lay of the land you wander why is rises or falls just here or there.

    • jsf08 January 5, 2017 at 10:10 am #

      Yes, very true. This can be a good approach as you read the macro just camp out on micro issues which are significant or interesting to you or needful for further attention.

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