A Word From Steve Jones
March 30th, 2020
Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
What is the most common excuse for not reading Scripture on a regular basis?
“I just don’t have enough time!”
However, we fill our schedules with what we value and hold in high esteem. In a recent conversation with someone I care about, I mentioned that they need to be in God’s Word regularly if they are ever to hear from the Lord. This person has been struggling not so much with the existence of God, but with the personal nature of God. They feel distant from the Lord. Reading and meditation on God’s Word is the prescription.
Reading many of the 66 books of the Bible does not actually take that long. You can gain a ton of wisdom in an hour and a half by reading through Proverbs. Almost half of the books of the Bible take less than 30 minutes to read, based on a slow reader’s speed of 100 words per minute. That is one episode of your favourite program on Netflix or BritBox.
To encourage all of us to recommit ourselves to reading and meditating on God’s Word, I have listed each book and the estimated time to read it. Thanks to the work of Chance Faulkner, reading the Bible in one year is an attainable goal when you look at these times:
Recently I heard from two Fellowship churches who hosted a sermon series challenging their congregation to read the New Testament in 30 days. Another church preached each book of the Bible Sunday by Sunday, over the course of one year.
Why not consider doing something similar in your church, small group or personal life this next year?
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. ”Joshua 1:8 NIV