Monday, October 27, 2008

Reading the entire Bible

Camy here. Recently, our youth pastor asked the youth group who had read the entire Bible.

No one raised their hand.

Why is it important to have read your entire Bible? Because the God of the Old Testament is the same as the God of the New Testament.

The SAME.

And if you want to know your God, you should know ALL of your God, not just the “New Testament” events that show your God.

So, I have challenged the high school kids to read their entire Bible by June 1st.

Basically, you flip to the last page of Revelations and see what the page number is. On my Bible, it’s page 1153.

Then you divide the page number by however many days it will take until June 1st, although I would pad it with some extra days. So, from now until May 1st (I’m giving myself an extra 30 days padding) is about 210 days.

1153 pages divided by 210 days is about 6 pages a day (I rounded up). That’s not too bad, right?

The trick is to just read. There will be parts you won’t understand—don’t sweat it. Just read. If God wants you to understand something, He’ll make it known to you by His Holy Spirit.

And as you read, the Holy Spirit will convict you on what God wants you to get out of your reading.

Try it out with your Bible and take the challenge with me. You’ll be glad you did!

Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. Her novel Single Sashimi is out now, and she runs the Story Sensei critique service. In her spare time, she is a staff worker for her church youth group, and she leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service. On her blog, she gives away Christian novels every Monday and Thursday, and she ponders frivolous things. Sign up for her newsletter YahooGroup for monthly giveways!

4 comments:

Camy Tang said...

Who's going to take the Read Your Entire Bible challenge with me?
Camy

Avily Jerome said...

Hey Camy, great challenge!

I've read my Bible through at least a couple times, and I'm working on it again.

I'm in Numbers right now, so it's kinda slow going, but I'm almost done.

Then I just have to wade through Deuteronomy before I can get to the action! :)

Elizabeth Bussey said...

Our youth are currently doing a Proverbs challenge for the month of November. One chapter per day! It's a simple start for kids who haven't gotten into the habit of daily quiet time.

It's neat to see that others are also creating challenges for reading the Word.

frangipani princess said...

hey =)
I haven't read the entire bible before, but I'm getting there. At our youth group they handed out reading plans to everyone, back in March. Every night you read one old testament chapter, and one new testament chapter. I think it's two years for the whole bible. I"m in 2Kings and Hebrews right now.
It's really good way to read God's word, without being overwhelmed.

gg xx