One of our tenets as Disciples of Christ is our understanding that we can each read and study the Scripture on our own. Of course, it is always better to read it with the guidance and companionship of the Holy Spirit. And, of course, it is better to actually READ it.

I am not a fan of New Year resolutions; maybe it’s just my personality, but they seem to be a setup for failure though I know others for whom they work. Often around New Year there are plans available everywhere for reading the Bible through in one year or conversely taking an entire year to work through one gospel. There is no one right way, I suppose; there are 66 books and some are easier than others to grasp. But what I would encourage is not so much a plan as intentionally starting.

Slow Down. Read a few chapters of a gospel – perhaps begin with Matthew, since it bridges the testaments; perhaps begin with Mark, since it is the shortest and earliest one written. Let it take as long as it takes. You will know when to move on. The goal is not to check boxes, but to better know the heart of God. We’ll hear more about this when we are back in
corporate worship. And we will be. Here again, it will take as long as it takes.