Read the Bible Daily
We believe the Bible is the foundation of our faith and practice; a library of 66 books that tells the story of our God who has established and faithfully preserves a covenant relationship with us. As United Methodists, we believe reading the Bible is central to all we do as faithful people. So we want you to read the Bible every day and be excited to learn how God is at work in the world and how the grace of Christ has and continues to transform us every day!
1) Start with a really good study Bible
Choose one that has footnotes and can explain some vocabulary and give background on what might be going on in a passage. Here are a few we would recommend:
- The New Oxford Annotated Bible: New Revised Standard Version available in hardcover or Kindle
- The New Interpreter’s Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version available in hardcover or paperback
- The Wesley Study Bible with references to works by John Wesley, founder of Methodism
Each of these is a New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) which we most often use in worship and small group study. This version is a translation from the original texts and aims to be readable and understandable in today’s English. It is the version understood to be the standard translation for serious Bible study, especially in seminaries and colleges.
If you’re looking for an app, we recommend Our Bible that will allow you to read through different modern translations of the Bible, create a daily plan for yourself, and engage in conversations with others who want to talk about what they are reading.
2) Make a plan to read every day
If it works for you to set aside the same time of day every day, then do that! The most important thing is that every day you do make room for reading the Bible sometime.
3) Choose what to read
The Lectionary is a proscribed set of weekly scripture readings and would make a great place to start a reading plan. Each week there are four scriptures included: an Old Testament reading; a Psalm; an Epistle (a letter in the New Testament); and a Gospel reading. You could spend a couple days on each passage. The beauty of the Lectionary is that it is a plan of reading for three years. If you follow the readings for those three years, you will have read most of the Bible in that time!
4) Reflect on what you read
Be sure to allow time to digest and reflect on what you read. Here are some questions to get you started:
- What did I discover about God in this passage?
- What did I learn about people in this passage?
- What does God seem to be saying to my life, my community, my world, through this passage?
- What changes should I consider making as a result of my reading?
We want you to read the Bible every day and find in it hope and comfort; challenge and conviction for living every day. Remember, it’s OK to have questions and wonder about what you are reading. Pastor Lora or Pastor Sandra always welcome conversations about the Bible!