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Read the Bible

The Bible is more than a book. It is God’s Word. It’s living. Active. Sharper than a sword. Sweeter than honey. It can renew your mind. Restore your soul. Transform your life. It was written by fishermen, doctors, shepherds and kings. Yet every word is inspired by the One Who created all things. We read the Bible, but the Bible also reads us. It shows us who we are. And it shows us who we can become. Most importantly it can help us develop a deeper relationship with its Author, the Living Word, Jesus Christ.

Over 100 years ago Charles Spurgeon said, “I can find ten men who will die for the Bible for every one who will read it.” Today it’s worse. The average American owns 3 bibles yet reads none of them. Only 18% of professing Christians read the Bible each day. But this can change!

You can decide right now to make God’s Word a priority in your life. Develop a habit. Go deeper. Grow stronger. Get closer to the One Who loves you the most. Spending time in God’s Word on a daily basis is an investment in the eternal. Just as your cell phone works much better when it is charged each day, life works better when we spend time in God’s presence, feeding on the Daily Bread of His Word (Matthew 4:4). Will you join us in seeking God in His Word?

Getting Started

There are several ways that will help you get into the Bible on a regular basis:

A. Follow a Bible Reading Plan

  1. Download a pdf version of a Reading Plan to take you through the entire Bible in 1 year here. Or, you can find a variety of types of Bible Reading Plans available on your phone or computer at YouVersion.com here.
  2. Decide when and where you will read the Bible each day. Pick a comfortable place free from distractions, and a time you will set aside to seek God each day.
  3. Ask a friend to be a “reading partner” whom you can mutually encourage to keep on track in your Bible reading.
  4. Make a commitment, asking God to help you seek Him daily in His Word.

B. Use the SOAP Method of Bible Reading

If you want to go deeper in God’s Word, this is a simple but powerful way to do so.

S: Scripture

Read a short passage.

O: Observe

Read again and journal –

1. What do I see about God or Jesus in this passage?

2. What do I see about people? How am I like them?

3. Go deeper – what is the meaning of the passage in the larger context?

A: Apply

How is God calling me to believe or behave differently as a result of what I am seeing?

P: Pray

A: Adoration – Give praise and thanks for who God is.

C: Confession – Confess and repent for any way you have seen you need to believe or behave differently. Pray God’s will and kingdom to come in these areas.

T: Thanksgiving – Give thanks for what you have seen in His word today and for the blessings in your life.

S: Supplication/Share your life – Ask God to help you believe and behave differently, ask God for help with your needs in your life. Share what you are learning with someone.