“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” -Hebrews 4:12
The Bible is:
- The very word of God
- Living, active and powerful
- Inspired, infallible and inerrant
The Bible does:
- Help us understand God and ourselves more
- Help us love God and others more
- Change our hearts
The Bible does not:
We also believe that we do not live by bread alone, rather we also need to be nourished by the very word of God (Matthew 4:4). Do our daily actions and commitments show that we believe these things? As Christians, we need to be people of the word. Over the years, I have used lots of good Bible study plans, but one of the most beneficial plans I have ever used is the Bible-in-a-year plan. Therefore, I have decided to start up another Bible-in-a-year posse and I would love for you to be a part of it. Here is some initial info:
What is the Bible-in-a-year posse?
Well, it is a group of people that are all reading the Bible that encourage one another and hold one another accountable. We have found the low-level accountability is both encouraging and helpful.
What does it mean to do this as a group? How will this group function?
This does not mean more meetings, and reading out loud to one another over Skype is not what we are thinking. It simply means getting an email once a month and checking in on progress and sharing a little about what has been standing out to you over the past month.
When will this group start up?
You could start reading whenever, but I am going to set June 1 as the official start date for this group. Most people think about starting a Bible-in-a-year plan with each new calendar year in January, but a year is a year so why not get started? Also, starting in a couple of weeks will give you a chance to finish up whatever you are studying now.
I am a slow reader, won’t that take a long time?
Depending on the plan you choose you are reading between 3 and 5 chapters a day, which can be done in about 10 minutes a day.
Don’t most people that set out to read the Bible-in-a-year just quit, fail and feel guilty about it?
When you hear about Bible-in-a-year plans you often hear more about the failures than the successes. You often hear more about those that got stuck in Leviticus, or those who fell behind and gave up than those that made it through. Those things happen, but the small bit of encouragement and accountability that comes from doing it as a group really helps!
I have heard that reading the Bible-in-a-year naturally defaults to box checking, is that true?
Most Bible-in-a-year plans literally includes checking a box (on paper or a screen), and yes a duty-only heart attitude is something that has to be defended against. However, the invitation we are extending to pursue delight…See Psalm 119.
I have heard that reading the Bible-in-a-year moves too fast to be able to actually take everything in, is that true?
You certainly are taking in a lot. Some have compared it to drinking from a fire hose, but I have often said when you are drinking from a fire hose you would be surprised how much you can swallow. ☺ In fact, many have reported that one distinct benefit of reading through the Bible in a year is how it helps you be able to take in the full picture and storyline of scripture.
Do you have a plan? Are you currently working your plan? Would you benefit from being a part of the Bible-in-a-year posse? Think about joining us.
What do I do if I am interested in joining or learning more?
If you are interested in joining or learning more about the Bible-in-a-year posse please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”–Isaiah 40:8
Author: Rev. Dave Kulp