I hope your planning to read in 2017. Specifically, I hope you are planning to read your Bible and good theology in 2017.
From my experience, most people won’t do either without a plan.
Here are some helpful plans for you Bible reading:
- Bible Reading Plan for Shirkers and Slackers
- Professor Grant Horners Bible Reading System
- The Discipleship Journal Reading Plan
- ESV Reading Plans
- ESV Study Bible and Literary Study Bible Reading Plans
- Don Whitney’s Bible Reading Record
- Two Year Bible Reading Plan
- Read the Bible for Life
- M’Cheyne One-Year Reading Plan
- Don Carson’s “For the Love of God”: Blog, iTunes App)
- For digital tools see YouVersion (Website, App, Reading Plans)
- Bible Reading Plans for 2015 by Nathan W. Bingham | Ligonier Ministries Blog
Just pick one and plan and get started in the New Year. Even if you tried last year and didn’t make it very far, it is worth your time and effort.
Don’t worry yourself about getting through the Bible in one-year. It is far better for the Bible to get through you than for you to get through the Bible. If getting through in a year seems daunting take a plan and follow it over two years. A plan will still help your reading to be systematic.
How about reading some good, solid theology in 2017 as well? I generally try to read a large theological work each year, one that I need to plan and pace myself in so that I can get through it in a year. Yet, similar to the above, without a plan I probably just wouldn’t do it.
Here is an excerpt:
Francis Bacon, “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few are to be chewed and digested.”
5 pages/day, 5 days/week, 50 weeks/year = 1,250 pages/year = Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology
10 pages/day, 5 days/week, 50 weeks/year = 2,500 pages/year = 2 Vol. Edition of Calvin’s Institutes
15 pages/day, 5 days/week, 50 weeks/year = 1,250 pages/year = 3,750 pages/year = Bavinck’s 4 Vol. Reformed Dogmatics
As a suggestion why not give Calvin’s Institutes a go! If you need some encouragement on why check these links out:
If you don’t already have a copy of this magisterial work here are some suggestions:
Here is a pre-made reading plan for Calvin’s Institutes:
Another idea is to read Jim Hamilton’s God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment: A Biblical Theology along with your Bible. You can find some helpful tools to do this here.