Two days from now, we’ll wrap up the Old Testament reading challenge we tackled in 2017. Our YWAM staff family has not only grown in discipline and knowledge as we’ve read together; more than anything, we’ve seen the goodness and mercy of God as it’s woven through his story.
Spending the new year in the New Testament will be a relief. That’s not because it’s shorter, although those of us who aren’t natural readers won’t mind slowing down to a chapter or two a day. It’s not because it’s a gentler read, either – though admittedly, the gospel accounts are more pleasant reading than lists of laws or temple measurements.
No, spending the new year in the New Testament will be a relief because the Old Testament narrative is a constant reminder of how much we need Jesus.
The Old Testament narrative is a constant reminder of how much we need Jesus.
Over and over, we’ve read about God’s faithfulness to the unfaithful people he’s chosen.
Over and over, we’ve seen his promise to redeem his people and write a new covenant on brand new hearts.
As we’ve read about Israel longing for the Messiah, we’ve longed for him, too. In the world around us and in our hearts within us, we see how much we need him still.
So let’s get to know Jesus better in 2018. Care to join us? Download our chronological New Testament reading plan (with Psalms and Proverbs). Here’s what you’ll find:
We’ll work through each of the gospel accounts one at a time. Plenty of plans out there offer a “harmony of the gospels,” where each account is woven together to tell the story of Jesus’ life and ministry. We like taking each book as a whole, so that we can better grasp what each author wanted to impart.
Acts & Epistles
As we read about the spread of the gospel in the book of Acts, we’ll intersperse stories of churches being planted with the letters written to those churches. And we’ll end by crying out along with John in the book of Revelation: “Even so, come Lord Jesus!”
Psalms & Proverbs
This plan schedules five readings per week, giving you the freedom to branch out (or catch up!) over the weekend. You’ll have the option to read a psalm or proverb alongside the New Testament reading three or four days each week.
Last year we shared some practical tips for taking on an ambitious reading plan (as well as our Old Testament Reading Plan, if that intrigues you). Here are a few highlights:
Don’t Go It Alone
“The same Holy Spirit who inspired the words of Scripture is alive inside of you. Invite him to help you understand and grow. And seek out encouragement and accountability from others.”
Don’t Give Up
“If you get behind schedule, don’t quit! Don’t let discouragement keep you from being a finisher.” (And as some of us have learned this past year, saying yes to faithfulness and putting down deep roots in God’s Word might require saying no to time wasters and other activities. That may be tough. You won’t regret it.)
Saying yes to putting down deep roots in God’s Word might require saying no to time wasters.
Cultivate Grace – Motivated Discipline
“Don’t let the checklist be what makes you feel good about yourself. No amount of self-discipline can add to what Jesus has already done to redeem you. Remember, God’s love for us has never depended upon how much we study his Word. It has always depended on his steady heart.”
If you’ve always wanted to dive into the Word more deeply, there’s no better time to start! Jump in with us at YWAM Louisville – and let us know what he’s speaking to you!