Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bible reading plan....

Today I wanted to share a link to the Bible reading plan we are going through this year. It's based off of Robert Murray M'Cheyne's plan and  at least some of our church family is using it as well. Below I shared some of the advantages he gave of using such a plan:
(1.) The whole Bible will be read through in an orderly manner in the course of a year. – The

Old Testament once, the New Testament and Psalms twice. I fear many of you never read the
whole Bible; and yet it is all equally Divine, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and
is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and instruction in righteousness, that the
man of God may be perfect.” If we pass over some parts of Scripture, we shall be incomplete

(2.) Time will not be wasted in choosing what portions to read. Often believers are at a loss to
determine towards which part of the mountains of spices they should bend their steps. Here
the question will be solved at once in a very simple manner.

(3.) Parents will have a regular subject upon which to examine their children and servants. – It
is much to be desired that family worship were made more instructive than it generally is.
The mere reading of the chapter is often too like water spilt on the ground. Let it be read by
every member of the family before-hand, and then the meaning and application drawn out by
simple question and answer. The calendar will be helpful in this. Friends, also, when they
meet, will have a subject for profitable conversation in the portions read that day. The
meaning of difficult passages may be inquired from the more judicious and ripe Christians,
and the fragrance of simpler Scriptures spread abroad.

(4.) The pastor will know in what part of the pasture the flock are feeding. – He will thus be
enabled to speak more suitably to them on the Sabbath; and both pastor and elders will be able
to drop a word of light and comfort in visiting from house to house, which will be more
readily responded to.

(5.) The sweet bond of Christian love and unity will be strengthened. – We shall be often led to
think of those dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, here and elsewhere, who agree to join with
us in reading those portions. We shall oftener be led to agree on earth, touching something we
shall ask of God. We shall pray over the same promises, mourn over the same confessions,
praise God in the same songs, and be nourished by the same words of eternal life.
Robert Murray M‘Cheyne. December 1842

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