A Bible Reading Plan for Busy Believers

When I was a new believer, I used the “OPRA” technique for reading the Bible. I would randomly Open the Bible, Point to a passage, Read the verse, and try to figure out a way to Apply it to my life. Thankfully, I didn’t land on the Scripture that says, “He [speaking of Judas Iscariot]went and hanged himself” (Matthew 27:5). Reading random Scriptures will not provide solid biblical growth any more than eating random foods out of your pantry will provide solid physical growth. An effective reading plan is a necessity. My wife Kandi and I recently developed, along with the help of our Replicate team, a reading plan called the Foundational 260. The F-260 is a two hundred and sixty day reading plan that highlights the foundational passages of Scripture that every disciple should know. After failed attempts of reading through the Bible in a year with previous discipleship groups, I wanted a manageable plan that believers who never read through the Bible could complete. Believers are expected to read 1 or 2 chapters a day for 5 days each week, with an allowance for weekends off. The 2 off-days a week are built in so you may catch up on days where you’re unable to read. With a traditional reading plan of 4 to 5 chapters a day, unread chapters can begin to pile up, forcing us to skip entire sections to get back on schedule. It reduces Bible reading to a system of box-checking instead of a time to hear from God. The required reading also makes it difficult to sit and reflect on what you’ve read for that day. In order to digest more of the Word, the F-260 encourages believers to read less and to keep a H.E.A.R. Journal. Read More
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