Wayne Nall Jr
1/1/15 at 11:05 AM 0 Comments

New Year's Challenge: Start A Bible Reading Plan!

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As we start 2015, many people will be making New Year's resolutions. I actually think this is a good thing. I find it a good time to reassess my life prayerfully, and try to make changes that will improve my life. Many people resolve to lose weight, exercise more, eat less junk food, etc. All are noble goals (and some that I could use myself!), but I'd like to suggest to you one goal that should surpass them all.  I would like to challenge you to start a Bible reading plan in 2015.

 Why read the Bible?

 First of all, simply because it is the Word of God.  2 Timothy 3:16 states, "All Scripture is God-breathedand is useful for teaching,rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness..." The Bible, both New and Old Testament, is inspired. This doesn't mean "inspired" like a book or a movie is "inspirational." It literally means "God-breathed." God was in the writing of his Word from the beginning to end. This doesn't mean that God just dictated the words to men and they wrote them down. It's very obvious that men's personalities largely come through in the writing. I like that. Though it was "God-breathed," God used many different men with varied personalities living in distinct cultures over thousands of years to pen the Bible.

Yet there is a continuous narrative from Genesis to Revelation. That narrative is the unfolding of God's promises first of all to his people Israel and then to the greater Kingdom of God as it is revealed in the New Testament. From first to last, it is all about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As I have heard it described elsewhere, the Old Testament is Christ concealed: the New Testament is Christ revealed.

The Bible has stood the test of time. Pastor Rick Warren makes some very good points about this:

Despite all the attacks throughout history, today the Bible is the greatest single source of culture. It’s the greatest single source for music, art, and architecture. If you take the Bible out of culture, you would destroy most of the major music, artwork, and architecture of the past 2,000 years. Even much of our English language comes from the King James Bible.

He goes on to tell this story:

Voltaire, the famous French philosopher, was a brilliant atheist. He wrote a number of tracts deriding the Bible. He once made a very bold statement: “One hundred years from today the Bible will be a forgotten book.”...After Voltaire died, for nearly 100 years, his homestead was used as the book depository for the French Bible Society. They sold Bibles out of his house! It’s now a museum. People have forgotten Voltaire. Nobody forgets the Bible. 

I hope you believe every word of the Bible. But anyone who wants to consider themselves educated shoudl read the Bible. Though our culture has become increasingly secular, it's scriptural roots are still there. You can't really understand American culture without understanding the Bible on which it was based.

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