"My Dear Flock - The approach of another year stirs up within me new desires for your salvation, and for the growth of those of you who are saved....  We must be driven more to our Bibles, and to the mercy-seat, if we are to stand in the evil day."

 

With these memorable words from December 30, 1842, Rev. Robert Murray McCheyne introduced a plan he developed for his Scottish congregation to read through the Bible in a year.  While many other plans have emerged since then, McCheyne's remains one of the most popular.  You can find it in the attachment, or on this website:http://hippocampusextensions.com/mcheyneplan/

 

The plan links the Bible passages to the BibleGateway.com site so you are one click away from that day's reading.  It is organized so you would read the New Testament and Psalms twice a year, and the rest of the Old Testament once a year. 

 

Some may prefer to read the Bible at a much slower pace, meditating on smaller sections of Scripture.  Others may want to read it from Genesis-Revelation, or even chronologically in the order the events happened.  All of those are fine options as well.  The important thing is that we have a plan, no matter what it is.

 

Years ago Southside offered a reading schedule and posted each week's reading in the bulletin.  We will be renewing that again this year with the plan from Rev. McCheyne, who wished for his congregation that "the whole Bible might be read once by you in the year, and all might be feeding in the same portion of the green pasture at the same time."  McCheyne acknowledged the dangers and benefits of such an undertaking, and those are also in the attachment. 

 

Reading the Bible is about knowing God and growing in our love for Him.  Merely going through the motions of reading words on a page misses the point.  At the end of the year, God does not grade us on how much of the Bible we read.  However, an organized plan helps us as we press on to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him. 

 

 

Rob

 

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