READ THRU the NEW TESTAMENT in 2023

You are invited and encouraged to take part in the “READ THRU THE NT IN 2023” plan.

Bible reading is an essential spiritual discipline, as Henry H. Halley once said: “The Bible is the most priceless possession of the human race… Every Christian ought to be a Bible reader… If any church could get its people as a whole to be devoted readers of God’s word, it would revolutionize the church.”

There are many “Read Thru the Bible in a Year” plans (i.e., read straight through; read through chronologically; read an OT & NT passage each day; etc.), and each has its own advantage.  The advantage of this plan is its simplicity—it involves reading a New Testament chapter a day, Monday through Friday.  The plan will take you through the entire NT in one year. 

Some keys to gaining the most benefit in this:

  1. Read Prayerfully.  It is only by the Spirit of God that we can understand the Word of God as He illuminates the truth to us (John 14:26, 16:14; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 1 John 2:27).  We should therefore approach the Scriptures with an attitude of humility and prayerful dependence (Psalm 119:18).
  2. Read Purposefully.  The ultimate purpose of Bible reading (and study) is to know Jesus better (John 5:39; Philippians 3:19; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Timothy 2:15).  A more thorough knowledge of the Word will also work to protect from sin and error (Psalm 119:11; Ephesians 4:14; 1 John 2:14).  Noteworthy too are the promises to bless those who read and apply the truth to their lives (Revelations 1:3; James 1:22; Psalm 1:1-3).  Read on purpose—that you might grow in your relationship with Jesus and be better equipped to serve Him (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
  3. Read Responsively.  Ask questions of the Scriptures as you read—what does the passage say about God? Christ? Salvation? The Gospel?  You Walk with Christ?  Look for a particular application: Is there a sin I need to forsake?  A promise to claim?  An example to follow?   A command to obey?  Consider how the passage fits into its context and into the context of the Scriptures as a whole.  Endeavor to take one truth or one application from your reading with you each day.

Some other considerations:

  1. Keep a copy of the reading plan in your Bible.  Mark off each passage as you read it to keep track of your progress.
  2. Consider finding an “accountability partner” that you might mutually encourage each other in your Bible reading.  This is something you could do daily, weekly, or even monthly, by either meeting together or via the phone or internet (email; Facebook, etc.).
  3. Don’t allow a missed day or days to discourage or distract you.  The goal is not your perfection in the discipline, but your spiritual growth in Christ (Proverbs 24:16).  Don’t be discouraged by temporary setbacks—ask God for strength and pick up where you left off.
  4. Feel free to pass on this plan to family members and friends!

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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