One of the best things you can do to grow in your relationship with God is to give Him the opportunity to speak to you through His Word. It’s important to have a plan to help you follow through.
Even if you are not sure what you believe about Him, exposing yourself to His Word will give you the opportunity to see the ring of truth for yourself.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. One of the things that gives the Bible such a feel for truth is the real struggles and doubts of the people that are seen page after page after page.
What about different interpretations? 2 Peter 1:20-21 says, But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Spirit spoke from God.
A basic rule of thumb is use Scripture to interpret Scripture. Therefore, if you are reading a verse and think it means something that seems to contradict the rest of Scripture, you can be sure that somehow you’re missing something, and there is need for more study. It may have to do with the context of the verse or the original language or something else. That’s why Bible tools are so helpful.
Know that our pastor, Wally, is here to help. He is a student of the Word. If he doesn’t know the answer, he can at least point you in the right direction.
Bible Reading Plans
Some people read through the entire Bible in a year, others read slowly through one book at a time.
The critical thing is THAT you have a plan, not WHICH plan you pick.
The plan featured in our FPC church bulletin for 2016 is the Literary Bible Reading Plan.
If you’d like to check out some other plans, here’s a helpful link.