My request? Give me four months. My promise? You will undertand – and enjoy – the Bible more than you ever thought possible. This episode wraps up our 10-part series looking at each of the tips from my book 10 Tips for Liking the Bible (Because Believing It’s True Is Not Enough)
Main Topic: Two Challenges. Three parameters for each.
Challenge 1: The 4-Month Bible Read Thru
As it sounds, this first challenge is about reading through the whole Bible in four months. To read it fairly quickly – as you would read a novel – gives a perspective and understanding you simply can’t get any other way.
The three parameters are super simple:
- Read the whole Bible in four months. – This may sound overwhelming. For most people, the idea of “getting through” the Bible in a year is daunting. To put it in perspective, reading out loud, at a normal rate of speed, you’re talking about a 40-50 minute commitment each day. Challenging? Sure. Doable? You bet. NOTE: I also explore why reading for an amount of time is way, way better than dividing it up into a number of chapters.
- Read with a pen in your hand. – You are not writing down everything. You’re jotting down the conversations you have with God as you read. What sticks out to you? What questions arise? What people, books, topics, themes do you want to come back to and explore more deeply later in the year?
- Talk about it. – This isn’t optional (if you want to finish and have a good time). My suggestion is always weekly, but a minimum of every other week. Grab a few friends, hit the coffee shop before work or school, and share some of what you jotted down in Parameter #2. It truly is a highlight of my year…every year!
Challenge 2: The New Disciple Challenge
If you are fairly new to the Bible – or only recently started hanging out with Jesus – this is for you. It’s time to get to know Jesus. What He did. What He taught. How He lived. How the early Christians lived and responded to Jesus while He was on earth – and in the first few decades after. The New Disciple Challenge will lay the foundation for all the other Bible reading you will do in the future. (Not a bad refresher for those of us who have been around a while either!)
The three parameters are similar…with a couple twists:
- Focus on only FIVE Books. – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts. These are the first five books of the New Testament. The first four are different accounts of the life of Jesus. The Book of Acts focuses on what happened in the days and years immediately following Jesus’ time on earth.
- Read each book for TWO WEEKS. – You might be wondering about my math skills. Five books. Two weeks each. That’s not four months. Here’s the catch: You read Matthew for two weeks. Then Acts for two weeks. Then Mark for two weeks. Then Acts AGAIN for two weeks. Luke for two. Acts for two. John for two. Finish off with Acts for two more weeks. By the end you will have read four accounts of the life of Jesus (a few times each) as well as the history of the early church 5-10 times.
- Talk about it. – I already wrote about this one above, but let me say it again – this part is not optional! (Trust me. You’ll thank me later.)
Listener Questions (Listen at 21:20)
What encouragement and best tips would you give to those reading through the Bible for the first time?”
In this answer I give five “best tips.” The importance of doing it with others, finding a good version, and why I recommend NOT using a study Bible are all covered.
What ‘best tips’ would you give for those leading those groups?”
While I give three specific tips, it all boils down to getting out of the way and not really “leading” at all. A Bible Read Thru is very self-directed. Getting people started on the right foot is the most important thing a leader can do.
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Resource of the Week
In the last couple months I have started using Lightstock for the images you find attached to each post. Their quality is fantastic. And while there is a huge selection and variety, all of it is faith-based.
Bottom line: You can find professional photos – and now videos! – without having to wade through a bunch of inappropriate images to find what you’re looking for.
Links (People, Info, and Resources) from Episode 013:
- This episode is based on Tip #10 from my newest book – 10 Tips for Liking the Bible.
- Ron Frost – This is a link to the story I reference in the intro to this episode. Ron has been reading the – Bible all the way through – 2-3 times a year for the last several decades! He was gracious enough to sit down with me when I was doing my first one, back in 2010.
- www.KeithFerrin.com/freebook – The link to get 10 Tips for FREE (at least through the end of 2013) Please share this link anywhere – and everywhere – you can think of. My goal is to give away a minimum of 1000 copies.
- Podcast Episode 006 – I reference this in answer to the first Listener Question
- Podcast Episode 007 – I reference this episode in looking at whether a 4-month read thru is even possible. This comes up while discussing the first parameter of Challenge #1.
- My Resources Page – In the “Bibles” section of this page, you’ll find links to several different downloadable, printable chronological Bible reading plans.
- OneNote – The note-taking software I use (syncs with computer, phone, and tablet). Evernote is another popular alternative. Both are free. (Isn’t that nice of them?)
- LightStock – Faith-based, stock photos. Where I get almost all of my photos for my posts and eBooks. (BTW – They give away a free photo every week and a free video every month.)
- Podcast Art – Pipe & Tabor (Vancouver, WA)
- Intro/Outro Music – Dan Carollo of CeltoGrass Music
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