We are a people enthralled with story. From the big screen to our computer screens, stories compel and engage us. Despite this, the greatest story ever told is becoming less and less familiar to us because reading it has become a chore. The Bible, containing God’s own story, is considered by the average person to be boring and antiquated. At times, the stories found there can confound more than clarify. (Ever try to read the book of Numbers?) Reading, interpreting, and applying Scripture is a daunting task that causes even long-time Christians to baulk. And so we avoid it – even “faithful” Christians. But the truth is, the Bible is the story that makes sense of our own story. Consequently, knowing God’s story through his own words is essential for every follower of Jesus. As a result, City Church invites you in 2012 to read through the entire Bible, doing so a little bit every day.
Let’s be honest, reading through the Bible in a year does not sound plausible for many of us. Left to our own devices, we might make it a month, maybe two. But the accountability of community, coupled with helpful resources to guide the way, create a structure and sense of purpose that can go a long way toward making daily Bible reading a reality in your life. But why should we want to embrace such an undertaking?
The Bible tells us about who God is, how he has acted in history, who we are, what our purpose is, and the person and work of Jesus, just to name some highlights. The answers to our biggest questions of life are found in Scripture. We cannot hope to know God apart from his own self-disclosure. In this sense, the Bible is indispensable for anyone seeking Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” Scripture is simple enough that even a child can understand and rejoice in it, but deep enough that scholars will spend eternity plumbing its depths.
The Bible is all about Jesus. It is not primarily about you. As such, it is not a guidebook for morality or a set of prescriptions for good living. Instead, the Bible is God’s story of how he is redeeming a broken place (the world) and a broken people (humanity) through a beautiful rescuer (Jesus). It’s not about rules and legalism. It’s about freedom from those things. It’s not about virtues and mantras. It’s about a real relationship with a personal God. It’s about knowing and being known – truly.
This Chronological Bible Reading Plan is a great opportunity to engage Scripture in a way that you may not have experienced previously. If you sign up to be a part of this movement at City Church you will receive regular updates to help you along the way. Check out this blog for additional resources and guidance. The next blog post will focus on how to read Scripture, addressing topics like prayer, personal application, study, and meditation. I hope you’ll consider joining us. You can’t regret it.
– Mike Werkheiser
To download the PDF of the chronological reading calendar, click: City Church Chronological Bible Reading Plan
Also, if you’d like an overview of the Old Testament book of Job, click: Is Job About Suffering?