Looking for a simple way to energize your Bible reading this summer?
Here’s a suggestion: During the month of July, pick one book of the Bible and read it repeatedly, once each day, in its entirety, in one sitting.
If you’ve not done this before, I recommend choosing one of the shorter New Testament books. There are many of them that can easily be read in 20-30 minutes. (See list below.)
20 in 30
Make it your goal to read this book at least 5 days each week over the next 4 weeks. I call this the “20 in 30” Bible reading method.
30 in 30
If you don’t want to take a couple days off each week, you could read the same book every day for 30 days and call it the “30 in 30” Bible reading method.
The exact number of days isn’t the point. The goal here is to so immerse yourself in one Bible book that the Word of God takes center stage in your heart and mind. Repetition is a great teacher, and when you read the same book over and over, God’s truth becomes self-evident and the Holy Spirit will instruct you and give you insights you’ve not seen before, even with familiar passages you’ve read many times.
You’ll see the big picture of the book, perhaps for the first time. You’ll get caught up in the overall flow of the author’s thought and understand why it was written and what problem or need of the audience was being addressed.
What do you say? Ready to give it a try?
Here’s a list of the shorter New Testament books that are ideal for this:
I’ve decided to read Titus at least 20 times in July. I’ve picked this book because I’m not that familiar with it, and we’ve been studying it in our adult Sunday School class at church. So reading the entire book in one sitting will be a great complement to the verse by verse approach we’re taking on Sunday mornings.
If you’re ready to do this, leave a comment below and let me know what book you’ve chosen and what your goal may be – “20 in 30” or “30 in 30.”
For a more detailed explanation of the benefits of reading one book of the Bible repeatedly, in its entirety, in one sitting, please check out my book The Forgotten Bible Reading Method: How to Read and Understand the Bible in 5 Simple Steps.
I’ve also created The Forgotten Bible Reading Method Workbook.
Warning: After you do this in July, you’ll likely want to do it again in August, with another book. Go for it!
May God bless you richly as you spend time with Him in the Word!