Year of the Bible
Jan 11, 2010 by Doug Groothuis | 0 Comments
Make 2010 your Year of the Bible. I am convinced that most Christians in the
1. Memorize and meditate verses or even chapters of the Bible. Over many years, I have put verses on small cards that I carry around with me and read when I have time. See Psalm 119.
2. Read and reread biblical books, using various translations. Don't adopt a "favorite verse" approach to the Bible. Read it for what it is, difficulties and all. In fact, consume it and let it change you. Eugene Peterson writes wonderfully about his in Eat This Book.
3. Employ a good Study Bible, such as The NIV or TNIV Study Bible, The Apologetics Study Bible, or The Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible.
4. Pray through the Bible during prayer times. This keeps your mind from wandering. The Psalms are particularly meaningful here, but all of Scripture can be a focus for prayer and meditation.
5. Bring the Bible into your conversations in a natural and intelligent way. You need not even announce that you are quoting a text. Simply say it or paraphrase it.
6. Cut out things that take time away from Bible reading, meditating, and memorizing: TV watching, video game playing, oversleeping, reading junk books and magazines, and surfing the Internet. See Psalm 90.
7. Listen to an audio Bible while driving.
8. Try to become a "walking Bible."
If you put these kinds of suggestions into practice, every year will become your “Year of the Bible,” since God’s word will become “living and active” in your life (Hebrews 4:12).