dave_l — 2017-11-24T08:47:54-05:00 — #1
I've tried several Bible yearly reading programs over the years. I'm presently using "Footsteps Through the Bible" by by Richard Gagnon. https://www.logos.com/product/10369/footsteps-through-the-bible-a-52-week-chronological-reading-plan-and-study-reference. What do you use or what do you recommend?
bill_coley — 2017-11-24T13:10:06-05:00 — #2
I'm about 3/4 finished with my 17th or 18th Bible-in-a-Year reading program, most of which have taken less than a year because invariably I fall back on the trusty "four or so chapters a day" structure that completes the Bible in less than a year. The current version includes three chapters daily from the OT and one from the NT, an approach that at some point will force me either to begin the NT again while I finish the OT, or add an extra chapter to the daily OT consumption. I created a layout in Logos to track my progress, and to make it easy to use a different translation every time through.
HERE'S A LINK to the reading program we provide to our congregation, a program that incorporates both OT and NT readings in each day's schedule.
And this year we added an option for people, one that relies solely on math: Read three chapters a day during the week (Monday-Friday) and four chapters a day on weekends (from which Testaments those daily chapters come is up to the reader). Granted, such an approach completes the Bible in a few days less than a year, but by the time people finish 350+ days of daily reading, they're not counting days anymore!
gao_lu — 2017-11-24T17:52:53-05:00 — #3
I have never used a program, but just read through and come out about right. I once read through 4X a year but that pace is hard to maintain and not worth it for me.
I have a friend who was devout Buddhist. She went to America had an accident cutting her leg on a broken glass door. While recovering she needed some luck so she went to what she thought was an American version of a Buddhist temple but turned out to be a church. She knew nothing of Christianity. The pastor made an alter call and she came forward wanting to be baptized, still thinking this was some kind of Buddhism. Long story short, she became Christian and ended up at Wilkerson's Times Square Church. Her is the good part:
When she got her first Bible, she read it through in 6 weeks. Then she read it through again, 3 times total in 6 months. She believed and accepted Christ as her Savior. Then she called her Asian mother ad read the entire Bible through to her mother in Asia over the phone over the next few weeks. Her mother believed. Now more of her family believes Jesus. She is very active sharing her faith everywhere she goes and she has traveled with us extensively in our evangelism. Much to be thankful for and someday I hope someone will write a book of her story.
alex_vaughn — 2017-11-25T00:28:20-05:00 — #4
I simply follow the Daily Lectionary (3-4 readings each). Typically read just before I start teaching in the mornings. I usually follow this with the Lord’s Prayer and/or the Jesus Creed.
gao_lu — 2017-11-25T03:13:01-05:00 — #5
What is the Jesus Creed? This?
Looks really good. By Scot McKnight
dave_l — 2017-11-25T04:33:59-05:00 — #6
This is great. I can make a personal book from it and Logos will open each link as I click it. Thanks!
dave_l — 2017-11-25T07:06:04-05:00 — #7
I found this plan and it seems well worth giving a try. I wish Logos had it but I suppose a Personal Book version might be OK since it is freely available on the net.
Reading Plan - Prof. Horner's Reading System
fred_benjamin — 2017-11-25T17:11:46-05:00 — #8
I do not find the sequential, yearly reading of the Bible to be the most beneficial method to study the Bible. I prefer a systematic (organized) approach.
gao_lu — 2017-11-25T17:54:03-05:00 — #9
What kind of system do you use, Fred?
alex_vaughn — 2017-11-26T15:55:31-05:00 — #10
You’re welcome and yes that is the book that discusses it.
Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
with all your mind, and with all your strength." [So far, so good;
this is Deuteronomy. 6:4-5.1]
[And now Jesus adds a verse from Leviticus. 19:18.]The second is this: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
There is no commandment greater than these.
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/christianity/2005/03/what-is-the-jesus-creed.aspx#z7Ie3ZFY5je4LX4u.99
gao_lu — 2017-11-26T16:27:38-05:00 — #11
On a worthwhile side note, I found this Mobile Ed course on the Shema very informative and highly recommend it.
fred_benjamin — 2017-11-26T21:05:01-05:00 — #12
I do not use a system per say. I read authors who have systematized their understanding of scripture. This has several advantages.
1) It investigates the bible in an organized way, by topics.... Angelology, Baptism, Prayer, Eschatology, Christology, Holy Spirit ... on and on ... and discusses most of the pertinent bible passages on each subject. (There are verses on prayer in numerous places in the Bible and this method saves me the time of trying to collect them all)
2) I read numerous authors to get various view points as well as some authors expand on a subject more than others.
3) Obviously, these guys have spent a lot of time studying, editing, double checking and have superior knowledge,
Here is a list of some authors:
Anglican (Episcopalian) Litton
Arminian (Wesleyan or Methodist) Pope, Wiley, Purkiser
Baptist Gill, Boyce, Strong, Mullins, Erickson
Dispensational Chafer, Thiessen
Lutheran Pieper, Mueller
Reformed (or Presbyterian) Calvin, Heppe, Hodge, Dabney, Murray, Berkhof, Buswell
Renewal (or charismatic/ Pentecostal) Williams
Roman Catholic: Traditional Ott (no explicit treatment)
Roman Catholic: Post-Vatican II 1980 McBrien
Grudem, Wayne A.. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine
Vincent Cheung (Free on Kindle)
By way of example... Dallas Theological Seminary in its Master of Arts (Christian Studies) spends 38% of time on studying books of the bible, 33% of time studying the bible -Systematically and 29% electives and such.
My favorite living theologian is R.C. Sproul who was a professor of Systematic Theology
I am not insightful enough to read the Bible and put all the parts together (organize it) ... but I can read what someone else has organized and I can see if he has put most of the pieces of the puzzle together. I prefer to study this way; the bible being a puzzle that I need someone to put together and then I can review it and see if the puzzle has been put together correctly. (Obviously, God hasn't given all the pieces, sometimes more than one piece fits and sometimes one must 'jam' in a piece that doesn't seem to fit.
gao_lu — 2017-11-26T22:03:35-05:00 — #13
Good thorough answer. Thanks. I want to learn more about Vincent Cheung.
dave_l — 2017-11-27T04:40:58-05:00 — #14
Over the years I've studied Reformed and Baptist theology and still spend time with it almost every day. But along with this I do a yearly bible read through and find that it speaks to me in a personal way. That is, in a way the theologies cannot. The truth is, that doctrine can be calloused and cold and not necessarily originate in a born-again heart. I still would not want to gamble if Calvin or many others are in heaven today. Because logic alone can present truth if the starting point is true. So I supplement the Word with the theologies I've learned to trust up to a point. I do not trust any of them completely.
But at the same time, I censor who I read. I handle many with rubber gloves and a face mask, so to speak. Just as you would handle any toxic material.