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  • We know that the Bible is long and for many people an intimidating book, but we

  • believe that the entire thing is telling one unified story that leads us to Jesus.

  • And so we want to help you learn how to read the Bible as you actually read

  • through the entire thing for yourself so the Read Scripture experience is first of all

  • a reading plan that has broken up the story of the Bible into sixteen chapters.

  • Now we rearrange the order of some of the books to help you see how this

  • overall story works and how each book contributes to it. So we begin with

  • creation of the world in the fall of humanity which leads to God's covenant

  • promises to Abraham, and his family the people of Israel. Then you come to God's

  • rescue of Israel in the exodus from Egypt, which is followed by the Covenant God

  • makes with them at Mount Sinai. From there God leads Israel through the

  • wilderness and then into the Promised Land where Israel grows into a nation

  • and breaks the Covenant. So this flows into the rise and fall of Israel's

  • Kingdom, which ends with Israel being exiled from the land. Now the story

  • pauses right here and you'll read through the poetry of the prophets who

  • lived before Israel's exile and also of the wisdom writings that reflect on

  • this part of the story as well. After this the story will pick up again and

  • you'll read the writings of the prophets who lived during the exile, then about

  • the return of Israel from exile and the writings of the prophets who lived

  • after that exile. You'll conclude the Old Testament with the Book of Chronicles.

  • It's a summary of the story so far and how it all points forward to Jesus. And

  • finally we come to Jesus Himself and His announcement of the Kingdom of God, which

  • is then followed by the letters of the Apostles to the people of Jesus' Kingdom.

  • Finally, we'll conclude the entire biblical story with the Revelation.

  • A poetic vision of Jesus's return and the healing of all creation.

  • Each of these sixteen chapters has a number of reading sessions it will take to complete it.

  • Some of these are shorter, others are longer, but if you take just 15 to 20 minutes a day to

  • complete each session, you'll be able to read through the entire Bible in less

  • than a year. Now even with this map, many books of the Bible are really confusing. It's

  • very easy to get lost and so when you start each new book of the Bible you'll

  • be able to watch a short video

  • that lays out that book's structure and flow of thought and we'll give you tips

  • about what kinds of things to look for as you read. But also, every book

  • contributes to the overall story of the Bible as well and so we'll have theme

  • videos placed at strategic points in the reading plan to help you see how the

  • part of the Bible you're reading at the moment fits into that larger story.

  • Finally each day's reading session includes a Psalm because we believe that

  • reading the Bible is not just an intellectual experience but also

  • spiritual. And so we invite you to take the year to develop the daily habit of

  • praying through the Psalms and by the end of the year you'll have prayed through

  • the whole book of Psalms two and a half times. Our hope is that the Read

  • Scripture experience will help you read through the entire Bible with greater

  • understanding than you ever have before so you can see for yourself the beauty

  • and the wisdom of this ancient story that points us to Jesus.

We know that the Bible is long and for many people an intimidating book, but we

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    sophia posted on 2017/01/28
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