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2018 Bible Reading

By Pastor Jeremy Krause in Mill Creek Community about 1 month ago | 271 views Link:

One of the best decisions I ever made early in my Christian life was to begin reading through the Bible.   Since then, I’ve tried several different plans as well as a few translations. While reading the Bible is great, and reading the Bible with friends is even richer, reading the Bible guilt-free has been incredibly motivating. 

A Guilt-Free Approach

If you’re like me, you’ve tried to read through the Bible in the past but have fallen off the reading wagon somewhere in the middle of the Old Testament. Getting behind in a reading plan is a HUGE de-motivator. In the end, we feel guilty and that we must be lousy Christians. Am I right? First way to crush to the guilt, is to remember that our standing before God is solely based on what Christ has done (not what we do). A second way to crush the guilt is to take a different approach to Bible reading.

How about a guilt-free approach to reading the Bible?

What’s different about this approach is that regardless of how much you miss, you can just pick up—not where you left off—but on whatever day in the plan you currently find yourself–guilt-free. No strings attached. It’s truly guilt-free.

Why a Guilt-Free Approach

I suspect if you take this no-guilt approach, you will actually read MORE of the Bible this year than any other year in your life. And reading more of the Bible will help you know and treasure the one-true God.

So, what do you think?  Are you interested in a decision that could change your life forever?

Moving from Good to Great

Taking this adventure alone would be good, but what if your 2018 Bible reading could be GREAT!  The key is finding a few friends to join you in this journey.  I encourage you to grab a few friends (your spouse, kids, or small group) and take this challenge to read the Bible in 2018 – sharing regularly with each other what the Holy Spirit is revealing to you.

Reading TOGETHER with friends will exponentially enhance your experience. It’s amazing how the Holy Spirit can use a few friends to provide encouragement, thoughtful questions and fresh insights. Here is the bottom line principle I stole from my friend Shane Stacey and Bill Allison: Friends don’t let friends read the Bible alone! So I encourage you to grab a few friends, join our Facebook Bible Reading Page, and share what you’re learning. 

How to Get Started

If you’re reading to jump into a Bible reading plan, determine what plan and translation you want to read through.  Then invite your friends to join you in this guilt-free Bible reading adventure starting January 1. Here’s Mill Creek’s Bible Reading Plan.  

Start reading on January 1st and be sure to share what you’re learning with your reading friends.  May the Lord bless you as you seek to know and treasure God this coming year. 

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