The Abide Bible Reading Plan is designed for everyday Christians who are busy with work, commuting, chasing kids, going to school, and everything else. The Abide plan can help you stay in God’s Word in the midst of the craziness of life. It does so in 4 key ways:
- The Abide plan enhances grasping the message of a passage of Scripture by keeping the context in focus. Every week you zoom out and re-orient yourself to part of the Bible you are reading.
- The Abide plan emphasizes saturation in God’s Word. Rather than racing through books of the Bible, the Abide plan facilitates reflection on God’s Word.
- The Abide plan is flexible. It is designed for adaptation to the ebbs and flows of daily life. No more guilt or frustration at falling behind!
- The Abide plan is built for coordination with preaching or Bible study schedules. It’s more than just reading passages ahead of time. The Abide plan enables you to soak up the message of a passage and get more out of a sermon/Bible study.
How does the Abide Bible Reading Plan work?
The Abide Bible Reading Plan is a two step reading plan based on weeks rather than days. Every week you will read two different parts of the Bible: a contextual passage and a focus passage.
Step 1 (one day):
At the start of the week, read the contextual passage. Using the book of Philippians as an example, the entire book (4 chapters) is the contextual passage. That reading should take between 10-20 minutes.
Step 2 (multiple days):
The rest of the week, read the focus passage on a daily basis. This passage will be shorter, usually 10-30 verses depending on the genre. The first focus passage for Philippians is Philippians 1:1-11. As you continue to read the focus passage, you will become more familiar with it, making new observations and insights each day. If you miss a day, no big deal. If you start a day late, no big deal.
The next week you start by reading the contextual passage again (Philippians 1-4), and then move on to the next focus passage: Philippians 1:12-26. By the end of Philippians you will have read the book in its entirety 10 times over 9 weeks. You will probably have unintentionally memorized verses, and you will have a firm grasp of the message of the book. Furthermore, you will naturally understand each focus passage in light of the context of the book.
As an added bonus, if you do the Abide Bible Reading Plan with a group (an entire congregation, a small group, a Bible study, a family, a couple, etc.), you will have a common ground of Scripture reading to discuss and share.
Want to give it a try? Follow the Abide Reading Schedule for Green Pond Bible Chapel online here.