A Little Help Reading the Bible

Now you’ve got a Bible, and you’ve thought about starting to read it. Maybe you’ve even opened it up and been overwhelmed by all the names, places, and sheer volume of material. You may have even read the last two blog entries and been overwhelmed.

I get it, because that’s how I feel every time I start to try managing my diet or exercising. Important things require a bit of discipline, and discipline does not get manufactured overnight. Here’s a simple 30-day plan to help you get into reading the Bible. We’ll start with Paul’s letter that sums up a lot of what he wrote in those other letters (Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Colossians, Philippians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon). It’s a study of the letter we call “Ephesians”. (I say it that way because some scholars argue that it probably wasn’t written to the Ephesians since our earliest manuscripts don’t include the script “in Ephesus” in verse 1.) This letter, whether written to the Church in Ephesus or to a few churches as a circular letter in Asia minor, is still useful for study and holds much of what Paul wrote in all those other letters. That’s why it’s a good place to start your reading if you already know the story of Jesus.

A little note before you begin. It is ALWAYS helpful when reading the Bible to begin with a little prayer. Something like this would be appropriate, “God, I want to know and love you more. Help me to see you as I read the Bible today. Help me to be open to your voice, whether it’s affirmation or conviction. Most of all, help me to put into practice the things I read which will help me reveal you to the world. Amen.”

My pattern, and one that I hope you will adopt is this: Pray. Read. Reflect. Practice. Pray before you read, read the Bible, reflect upon what you’ve read, and decide that what God has shown you in reading and reflection is what you will put into practice. It’s not something I created, instead I learned it and paraphrased it from a great man of faith, John Wesley.

Here’s the 30-day Reading plan for Ephesians. I hope it enriches your growth as a disciple of Jesus.
? Acts 18:18-25
? Eph. 2
? Eph. 3:1-7
? Eph. 4:17-24
? Eph. 5:21-33

? Eph. 1
? Eph. 2:1-7
? Eph. 3:8-13
? Eph. 4:25-5:20
? Eph. 6:1-9

? Eph. 1:1-3
? Eph. 2:8-10
? Eph. 3:14-21
? Eph. 4:25-5:2
? Eph. 6:10-24

? Eph. 1:4-10
? Eph. 2:11-16
? Eph. 4:1-24
? Eph. 5:3-10
? Eph. 6:10-17

? Eph. 1:11-14
? Eph. 2:17-22
? Eph. 4:1-10
? Eph. 5:11-20
? Eph. 6:18-24

? Eph. 1:15-23
? Eph. 3
? Eph. 4:11-16
? Eph. 5:21-6:9
? Rev. 2:1-5

God bless!
CJ

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