Reading the Bible in August and Beyond

In early July, we finished up a year through the Bible.  It’s a big book and a lot to read even spreading it out over the year. It’s also a lot to absorb, so even if you did get through it all, it’s like going through the countryside on a bullet train. You might pick out one or two details, but most of it is a blur. 

The Bible is the narrative of God’s work in history and a guide for us to understand how the world is and who we are called to be (and how we can become those kind of people in relationship with God). It’s not enough to read it once or read only parts. We have to get a sense of the rhythm, the song, the hope, so that we live it out in ways far beyond a Sunday morning.

So, we’re going to go through it again. Starting in September, let’s go through the Bible. If you got through it already, here’s your chance to read it again. If you got stuck in parts, here’s your chance to try it again. I’ll have a schedule posted, but feel free to start wherever you left off.

For this month, though, we’re reading through Psalms and Proverbs. This is a really good pattern to practice, because these teach us how we can pray and who we are to be.  Reading through five Psalms and 1 chapter of Proverbs makes for reading through both in a month.  There are 30 chapters of Proverbs and 150 chapters of Psalms. You can do the math of what to read.  For instance, today read through Psalm 26-30 and Proverbs chapter 6.  Just that simple.  I posted this a little into the month, so don’t worry about what you missed, just start in and see how reading these chapters can reshape your day.