Saturday, January 01, 2011

Reading the Bible as a book

If you're in the mood for starting Bible reading afresh why not try Ron Frost's approach - he just reads it. Dive in, guilt free and read - feed on the word of God. Make this the year!
Sam’s Bible knowledge amazed me. His Scripture awareness had penetrated all aspects of his life, not in a rote fashion, but in a way that seemed accessible and practical. I asked how he gained it and he laughed.
“I just read my Bible.”
“How much reading—how do you approach it?”
“I try to get through it at least two or three times a year.”
I almost dropped my coffee. He had been reading at that pace for most of his Christian life, about fifty years! The challenge captured me. Within two months I finished my first Bible read-through and I was left in awe of God’s greatness, holiness, and redemptive love. I discovered the vast and penetrating strength of his personality as a compelling ribbon tightly wound through every book of the two testaments. It was the beginning of my pursuit of God, a pursuit that makes what he has to say to us—my ‘listening’—the first priority. And I’ve never turned back!
I do something like this, just reading page by page, large amounts, book by book. You can of course try reading from 10 places at a time which is fine but I think there's real value in just reading through, getting the flow of the books as books. Imagine what you'd pick up reading Genesis in five days, Exodus in a single sitting, Leviticus in a few days... not deeply studying every verse in detail but catching the gist and the flow, noting down things that stand out, and then chatting it through with someone else...

Glen's Kings English blog gets into the effect of the 400 year old KJV. Bible Fresh is capitalising on the same to get the UK church into the Bible again in 2011.


  1. i've been reading through the Bible like this over the past couple of years and it's great - last year i added a moleskine in which i scribble down aspects of God's character and ways that are obvious from the text. A great way to know Him more.
    For me anyway, this has been the best way to read the Bible. I guess a lot of the time each individual needs to find the way that sits best in their own life, the way which brings them continuously through the Bible to know & love Jesus more

  2. I've done the parallel readings approach in the past but it tends to be stressful and confusing, whereas this seems to flow through a bit more easily.

  3. Yeh, the parallel readings are a bit here there and everywhere, i've never kept going at them.

    The basic conclusion i came to was simply to start at the beginning and read to the end. It lends itself towards great familiarity with the Bible as a whole.

  4. I do much prefer reading it this way than reading the books in parallel, things just make sense more. Also, you can skim read the confusing bits and come back to them later! I'm getting near to the end of the prophets at the moment, nearly onto the Psalms. Very exciting stuff!