For broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 2 Mar 2014.
According to leading religious periodical Christianity Today, millions of Christians made New Year’s resolutions to start one-year Bible reading plans through apps like YouVersion and Bible Gateway. But just as commitments to other resolutions drop, so do commitments to Bible reading plans.
Bible Gateway general manager Rachel Barach wants readers to focus more on comprehension than on how many chapters they read.
“If a reading plan motivates you, use it,” she said. “But if it becomes a chore that deters you from Scripture, use a devotional, study one book in depth, or just randomly open to a chapter.”
Joel Scandrett, professor of historical theology at Trinity School for Ministry, said daily reading was a fundamental discipline dating to the early church. “The deep grasp of Scripture that this discipline provides is essential to Christian discipleship, and one-year Bible reading plans are a great way to achieve that.”
What’s important, it seems, is regular meaningful Bible reading.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.