Bible Reading Resources
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The New Reformation - Resources
The New Reformation focuses on encouraging our Evangelical Churches, Denominations and Seminaries to become involved in cover-to-cover chronological Bible reading. But what if an individual believer or seeker came across our work and wanted to read through the Bible? A fair question. Here are some resources (hopefully, in the future, we will be citing sources from our Churches, Denominations and Seminaries!):
Here is a link to a Chronological Bible Reading Plan that will go through the Bible in a Year which works well. Download chronological Plan noted in clip below.
Audio Bible Reader
Some on our Team find it helpful to listen to an audio reading of the Bible during the time of the daily reading. For example, some on our Team combine a NIV Bible for reading with an NIV audio read which works well. If your tendency is to get distracted or “hung up” after a few verses, listening to an audio reader during the reading time is a good way to keep your focus. Of course, you can pause any time - which we do from time to time - when we want to reflect on a passage. The link below has several audio read translations. They have an app - clip below - for your cell phone. Works great!
Here is a quote from one of the links below: “The biblical covenants form the unifying thread of God’s saving action through Scripture, beginning explicitly with Noah and reaching fulfillment in the new covenant ratified through the blood of Jesus Christ.” These articles - one written by a member of The Team - provide contrasting views of His Covenants. It is a complex subject. When you are reading through the Bible, keep in mind that we have a Covenant keeping Creator.
A Chart of the Kings
Here is a quote from the link below: “One challenging point in history is the divided kingdoms of Israel (the 10 northern tribes) and Judah (the 2 southern tribes). What makes it challenging when reading straight through the Bible [in chronological order] is that the history is covered in 1 and 2 Kings and then again in 1 and 2 Chronicles. In the midst of these kingdoms, several prophets are sent by God. Some of these prophets only have their words recorded in Kings or Chronicles, while others have their words recorded elsewhere in the Bible (usually the book name is the prophet’s name).” We agree! This is a helpful chart when you start moving through the complicated period of the Kings.
Bible Reading Resources
There are a number of organizations that provide Bible Reading Resources. We appreciate their supporting and complimentary efforts and we mention a few of them below - to start the list which we will add to from time to time:
For more than fifty years, Ligonier has served the church by producing trustworthy discipleship resources that are rooted in the historic Christian faith. Some on our New Reformation Team use a Chronological Bible Reading Plan that was downloaded from their website.
The Gospel Coalition
The Gospel Coalition is a fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ and to reforming our ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures. They have a “Read the Bible” ministry and newsletter which contains many ideas and approaches which are useful in the New Reformation. Here is there website are below that are a couple of articles on Bible reading from them:
The Gideons have distributed millions of Bibles over the years - and are supported by many in our Churches. The Bibles they distribute contain a section at the beginning of each Bible called “Help in Time of Need” or “Help with Life's Problems”. This is a different Bible reading approach than we advocate in the New Reformation, but these are very helpful scripture selections for those who are seeking or struggling. This selection of Bible verses and this approach for their evangelistic ministry is entirely appropriate and has been a blessing to many over the years. The Gideons are welcome to use any thoughts or ideas we have presented herein if they find them helpful with their very fine Ministry.
Among their many ministry involvements, Navigators is involved in promoting scripture memory. Many in our Churches have use resources from the Navigators including some on our Team. Memorization is a powerful way to learn and understand the Scriptures. The Navigators are welcome to use any thoughts or ideas we have presented herein if they find them helpful with their very fine Ministry.
Wycliffe Bible Translators
For more then 75 years, Wycliffe has helped people around the world translate the Bible into their own languages. Below we discuss the need for Bible reading plans and associated teachings be developed for a number of groups which includes "the seeker including those from other nations". Wycliffe Bible Translators could play a major role in this effort.
A Need for Various Reading Plans and Complimentary Teachings to be Developed
We use multiple approaches when we do our daily reading of the Bible. For example, we are able to read along on our cell phones through the Bible App - or we can following along in our own Bibles. We can also listen to the reading. This covers all of the learning styles we are aware of.
We have suggested that chronological cover-to-cover Bible reading plans be developed for a number of different situations and groups - a full Bible read, a family Bible read, a plan those new in the cover-to-cover journey, plans for those in assisted living, the seeker including those from other nations, the incarcerated, etc. (The length of Bible read through plans should be examined also. A one year journey is likely not practical or the best approach for many.)
To compliment our reading of the Bible and the various plans we are advocating to be developed, it would be helpful to have associated and focused daily (or periodic as appropriate) teachings - offered in the formats appropriate for all the different learning styles - for all of these various plans. This would involve developing - for each plan - a cell phone or computer screen read of the teachings from the web or via App. A downloadable version of these teachings for saving to file or for printing would also be needed. Audio readings of the teachings would be required. The teachings might also be offered in book form.
As an example for a specific group of people - it would be helpful to have associated and focused teachings developed for each day in a reading plan designed for those in assisted living - covering all the learning styles and considering the unique needs of this group.
Finally, the one year read will likely remain the favorite for those on the Team - but we recognize that the length of the journey should be an area for examination. Plans of shorter or longer timeframes could be developed to address varying situations or groups.
It's a huge undertaking. Would our Seminaries be up to the task? Could our Denominations help?