ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

THE PURPOSE

To read (or listen) through the Bible in just three months.  I know it seems overwhelming, but you can do it. I love to think of this challenge as a New Year’s Resolution with God as the Spokesperson.  

THE PRAYERS

Start praying before you read. Schedules can quickly get in the way of our time in God’s Word. We need to pray for ways to find time to read or listen to God’s Word. I also encourage you to pray each time before you start reading or listening to the Bible. I normally pray that God gives me knowledge and understanding with each passage. 

 

 

THE PLAN

Three Months that Will Change your Life: January, February and March 2022

 

Three Ways to Accomplish your Challenge: Physical Bible: Digital Device (ipad, Tablet, phone, etc.), and  Audio Version (Bible apps or recordings)

 

Three Words Worth Understanding: “It Is Finished” (John 19:30)

 

Come up with a plan to accomplish the task. I encourage you to set a time and place to listen or read the Word of God.  Whether you will wake up early, stay up late, or listen to the scripture on your way to and from work, come up with a plan.  The saying is true, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” 

 

As for reading or listening to the Bible, pick an understandable version that is easy to read. Personally, I like the English Standard Version of the Bible, but feel free to use others such as the New International Version, the New American Standard Bible, the New King James Version, or the Holman Christian Standard Bible.

 

If you plan to listen to the Word of God, try different apps or recorded readings of God’s word. I have used ESV Bible app as well as YouVersion.  These applications offer different reading speeds, which is helpful when considering how much time you have on a daily basis. 

 

THE PROCESS

Let’s get serious for a moment. It will take time to tackle this extreme challenge.  You will need to set aside 30-40 per day to complete this challenge. If you miss a day or two days, just move on to the next day’s reading. You can go back and read the days you missed at a later date.

 

By the end of February, you will have read through the Old Testament. Get ready, you are about to read the “rest of the story.” There is a reason why Jesus uttered the words “It Is Finished” on the cross (John 19:30).  Now you will find out why. As you start reading the New Testament you will discover that Jesus’ life and ministry changed the world. 

 

When you finish reading the entire Bible, you will feel a true sense of accomplishment. You will also have a greater understanding of God’s Holy Word.  Most of all, you will understand what Jesus accomplished by dying on the cross. You got this!