Bible Resources and Reading Plan
We at Living Water believe that the Bible is the foundation of our beliefs. We build our knowledge of God's character and how we view ourselves from the truth of scripture, not our experiences. To build a consistent pattern of Bible reading and studying we have put a few resources together to help!
REAP Bible Study Method
Ever feel like Bible reading is more about checking a box than really learning and getting something out of it? To get the most out of our Bible reading, it helps to read with a plan. There are many different plans that help us get the most out of scripture, and most involve some journaling. Here's a method that Pastor Sam uses for his personal devotions and is also how he builds his sermons.
REAP: Read, Examine, Apply, Pray
It starts with reading; and, before you read, pray. Pray that the Holy Spirit will teach, correct and train you! (2 Tim 3:16)
Ask some questions:
What’s happening in this passage?
What’s being emphasized in this passage?
What stands out in the passage?
Engage by asking some questions and writing down some of your thoughts. Some questions to ask are:
How does the author want us to respond?
What does this tell us about the character of God?
Are any of my views about God or myself wrong?
After examining the passage, see how the passage can personally and practically apply to us today:
How do I need to respond?
What truths can I apply and believe?
How can I properly apply these truths and turn it into action?
Pray through the passage and application. Ask the Holy Spirit to make these principles real and tangible in your life.
Bible in a year
For those who are ambitious and would like to read the entire Bible in a year there's a great resource for you! One Year Bible Reading Plan helps put together a plan for you to accomplish that goal! From chronological reading plans to plans that mix the Old Testament with the New Testament, it lays out your reading for each day. Just click on the link to get started!
New Testament in a year
For those who maybe feel that reading the Bible in a year is a little to ambitious you can join us as we read the New Testament together. This plan looks at five chapters a week. After fifty two weeks you will have read the entire New Testament. This plan gives you two extra days a week to make up a missed day!
This plan is part of a larger plan that will look at reading the whole Bible within three years.
Download the reading plan here:
Bible Virtuosity: A 24 day plan for beginners
With this plan we are partnering with River City Community Church. This course was written by Pastor Mike McGuire and designed for those who are new to the Bible, those who haven't had a regular Bible reading habit or for those who have struggled with understanding what they are reading and are looking to get more out of the word!
This course will give learners the skills necessary to read the Bible with understanding so the reading is rewarding and leads to personal growth. Short videos with hands-on examples will help students begin the habit of daily Bible reading and journaling. Students will gain practical methods they can apply immediately. Included with this course is a guided, 24-day reading challenge.
Students will be able to…
Read the Bible with understanding
Practice Bible reading and journaling as a daily habit
Journal using the R.E.A.P. method
Select resources to support their Bible reading
Who should take this free course?
This course is for those who are new to the Bible or those who do not have a daily habit of Bible reading with journaling.
There is absolutely no cost to this, just sign up for free and start learning! Click on the link to get started, oreven just to check it out!