“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:
The above is only part of what we believe about the Bible. 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 this truth? As Christians we need to be people of the Word. We should all have plans for how to study, delight in and feast on the Word of God. I have found that when I do not have a set plan, my personal devotional time suffers. 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 a Bible-in-a-year posse and I would love for you to be a part of it. Here are some answers to questions that you might have:
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 that 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 will not mean more meetings for you to attend nor reading out loud to one another over Skype. It simply means receiving an email once a month and checking in on progress as well as having the opportunity to share 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 July 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 just a year, so why not get started? Also, with this program not starting for a couple of weeks, it will give you a chance to finish up whatever you are currently studying.
I am a slow reader, won’t that take a long time?
Depending on the plan you choose, you will be 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. It was for that reason that I did not even attempt this until about 4 years ago. Yet the first time I did it, I made it and really enjoyed it. Part of what helped was doing it with a group, sharing, encouraging and holding each other accountable to keep reading. Of course some chose to slow down their reading, but many kept with it, grew in faith, love and knowledge and then noted that part of their success and enjoyment was due to being in the group.
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 include checking a box (on paper or a screen), and yes a duty-only heart attitude is something that has to be defended against. However, I think even in those moments we are to fall back on discipline as we drive towards delight.
I have heard that reading the Bible-in-a-year moves too fast to be able to actually take everything in, is that true?
The number one benefit mentioned by most people the first time they read the Bible-in-a-year is how it helps wrap your mind around how all of the pieces fit together into the bigger picture of Scripture. You certainly are taking in a lot. Some have compared it to drinking from a fire hose, but I have often said you would be surprised when you are drinking from a fire hose how much you can swallow J.
Where would I begin trying to choose a plan?
There are tons of plans out there; if you sign up we will share some ideas and resources like THIS to help you choose.
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 (email@example.com).
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.
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”–Isaiah 40:8
Author: Rev. Dave Kulp