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5 Part Bible Reading Plan
For this season of life I have a 5-part Bible reading plan that’s tailored to what God has called me to do as a church planter. Every morning I work through 5 different chapters of the Bible.
1. Heart (Psalms)
I begin by reading one psalm to warm up and engage my heart with God. Starting with a psalm sets a prayerful, desperate-for-grace, and passionate tone for my Bible reading. Most of the time I read/pray the psalm out loud. This reading plan gets me through the Psalms in five months.
2. Wisdom (Proverbs)
Next, I read a chapter of Proverbs. These days I feel in over my head; I need wisdom. Each day, I find fresh wisdom in Proverbs. This plan gets me through Proverbs once a month.
3. Power (Acts)
Acts reminds me of the power of God, his gospel, and his Spirit. I’m asking God to give me a bigger vision for what he can do through my life, through our church plant, and in our city. This plan moves me through all of Acts once a month.
4. Preaching (Philippians)
Next, I read Philippians. Right now our church plant is in pre-launch phase. We will launch in September with my first sermon series, a series on Philippians. This plan has me read through Philippians every four days and it’s building in me a deep reservoir from which to preach from. Once I start preaching from Philippians, I will replace this slot with the next book I plan to preach from.
5. Leadership (Pastoral Letters)
Finally, I read the Pastoral Letters: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus, to better understand my calling as a pastor/leader. I’m facing situations I’ve never faced before, and these letters are helping me see how to lead through these situations in a gospel-empowered way. This plan moves me through the Pastoral Letters every fourteen days.
How It Ends
After reading from these five books, I zero in on one truth or verse that I think the Holy Spirit is calling me to pay special attention to. I write that verse down in my to-do list/notebook that I carry with me and take a few minutes to meditate on, apply, and pray through that truth/verse. Throughout the day I find myself re-mediating, re-praying, and re-applying the truth/verse from my morning reading.
Where It Leads
My pace of reading varies each day. Some days this plan takes me twenty minutes, other days it takes me one hour. It depends on what I have going on, how desperate I feel, how long I pray for, etc.
I love this plan. In a year I’ll change it up and do something different. For now, God is using this Bible reading plan to greatly encourage and empower me. I hope it’s helpful to you too.
Adapted from Justin Buzzard's blog