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What’s Your Reading Plan for 2016?

For several years I followed Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s reading plan which takes me through the Bible in a year, covering four different sections of Scripture a day. If you’d like to read more about this hero of mine who was known as the “saintly M’Cheyne” and died at the young age of twenty-nine, click here.

For more thoughts on tackling a yearly reading plan, click here.

If you’d like to follow M’Cheyne’s reading plan this year, click here.

I like his plan, it provides a daily dose of the whole Word of God. But I change things up occasionally.

One year, I took one book per month to study and dig deep. For the past several years, I’ve studied with BSF and take an in-depth approach to books. (This year we’re enjoying seeing Jesus Christ revealed in the last book of the Bible!) But even when I’m studying a book, I like to continue having a daily course of reading through the Bible. It keeps the whole of Scripture running through your life.

This year, thanks to Melissa Kruger’s post at The Gospel Coalition, I’m doing a reading plan that takes you through the Bible in one year through a five-day reading format. I like this plan because it combines Old and New Testament chunks (with a daily Psalm) and leaves room for my Revelation study.

We’re two week’s into 2016 and maybe you didn’t start with a yearly reading plan. Don’t lose heart, it’s not too late to start! There is something about starting new things on the first day of a new year, but if you didn’t plunge in the very first day of January, let today be the first day to start. Just dig in with a plan starting today!

There isn’t a perfect reading plan, the important thing is to be soaking in the Word of God. I’ve just found it helpful for me to have a guided course of reading. It helps me to stay on track. And it helps me to accomplish more than I would without a plan.

Have you started reading through the Word this year? If so, what “plan” are you using?

More important than studying or reading the Word is our approach to the Word. Don’t forget to come to the Word with an open and responsive heart, trembling in awe of our Sovereign Lord as we read:

[box]“But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” (Isaiah 66:2)[/box]

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