Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bible in 90 Days - More Details



SOME BACKGROUND
On May 11th (that's just 8 days away!!) I'm going to start reading through the entire Bible, finishing August 9th!  Several months back, one of my dearest friends told me about the movement to read through the Bible - it's a movement to get those who have never read the Bible to read it and it's also an opportunity for Christians to dive-in to God's Word.

I knew the moment that my friend, Karla, brought this up that I wanted to do it - badly.  Joel was still overseas at the time, so I emailed him that night and asked if he would do this with me when he came home.  He was on-board.  So, right now, Karla, Joel, me and several other friends are going to start this together, and hopefully in doing so, keep each other accountable.

WHY?
I've read through the Bible before... my first year of college, I went to Bible college and one of the requirements was to read through the Bible during the academic year.  I did it.  But I can't say that I really enjoyed it.  At that time, I was in college-level Bible classes all day and felt, in a way, overwhelmed by reading more of the Bible

Over the years, my faith has grown.  Actually I would say that in the last year or so, my faith has grown by leaps and bounds.  I'm stronger in my Christian walk now than I've been before.  I clung to Scripture when Joel was gone and read and studied most of the New Testament. 

I also have a tendency to read and study the New Testament over the Old Testament.  I get lost in the names, dates and history of the Old Testament - and the New, often just seems more applicable to my life.  It may feel that way, but I know that isn't the case.

So, this is an opportunity to read through the parts of Scripture that seem harder, more difficult, less warm and fuzzy...

WHAT'S THE POINT
First of all, the point is not to come away from this experience, on August 9th and have complete comprehension of what you just read.  That just is an impossibility.  The point isn't to have a stack of commentaries next to you to examine every detail.... 

For me, the point of this is to:
1)  Spend my summer in God's Word, rather than some easy-breezy stack of fiction
2)  Come away from this experience with a better and more clear view of Who God is
3)  Understand the relevance of the Old Testament to the New Testament
4)  Have a better understanding of the themes that Scripture shows us
5)  Come together with my friends and family and discover God's truths together

WHO CAN JOIN?
Everyone and anyone!  Really, I'd love for you to consider joining!!!  Whether you're a devout Christian, a wavering Christian or have never picked up the Bible, I hope that you'd consider where this journey may take you.

WHAT'S THE PLAN?
I have a reading schedule selected.  On average, we will be reading between 12 and 16 chapters a day. 

On Sunday night, I will post a reading schedule for the coming week - from Monday to the following Sunday.  I will also post a few of my own thoughts about the Scripture reading from the week before and invite you to share what you've learned and what God has shown you through His Word.

I want to this to be interactive.  As I read and grow, I really want to know what you've been learning, too!


So, there's 8 days to go!  Praying that you'd consider joining us!

 

3 comments:

Karla said...

I love that you're doing this and really, taking the lead! Awesome! I'm so in! I'm not going to schedule myself to blog regularly through it, but I like the idea of putting some words behind my goals, intentions, and expectations of spending the next 90 days in God's Word.... I'm gonna work on that blog post.... :)

Love you! Love where God has brought you, taken you, and going to lead you!

Poekitten said...

Good luck! I joined a group that started in January. Sadly I didn't make it (I'm still in Psalms) but I'm going to try again in the future:)

Allison C said...

Try using youversion.com. They have many plans (including the 90 day) you can read online and on your mobile device.