Bible reading system

This link is a pdf file of a blank sheet to record your progress in regular personal Bible reading.

You could design your own blank sheet if you decide on improvements.

The log sheet is used solely to help maintain the discipline to keep reading the Bible regularly and get a variety from different parts of it.

Here is an example of my use of the blank sheet.
You will see it sometimes has missed days or missed chapters from a section, or only part of a chapter read. I don’t allow this Bible reading system to become a pride based regimental system.

When you fill up a blank sheet, print another and keep going, for the rest of your life.

This has worked well for me, to sustain me through difficult times, and to be able to deal with false teachings and false ministries, often to simply just have the confidence to not participate in them.
Yaldhurst Quarry, Canterbury, New Zealand, 16 July 2014. Photo by WJC

  • I suggest you start from the beginning of each Bible section and read forward from there, eg. start from Genesis chapter 1, Psalms chapter 1, Proverbs chapter 1, Matthew chapter 1.
    Maybe read one chapter from each section per day, but suit yourself, you could read part of a chapter and just record what verse you got up to.
    When you get to the end of the Old Testament, end of Psalms, end of Proverbs, or end of the New Testament, then just start again at their beginning. Psalms and Proverbs get more regular coverage.
  • If you miss days, or not read from each section in the day, then just carry on the next day, from where you recorded you last finished at.
  • If there are parts that are hard to understand, or are uninteresting, then speed read through them, but be alert for something significant amongst them. Seek to understand.
    The more we read and understand from all of Gods word, the more benefit we receive.
  • Ongoing progress is achievement. Be encouraged by that. Don’t be discouraged by previous missed days, apart from always trying to maintain/improve the discipline.
  • Write out particularly interesting scriptures on separate notepaper, date them and add your own thoughts, etc., keep them in a folder. These could be important emphasis God wants you to retain for some reason. They can also be encouraging to read at a later date.
  • Reading the Bible directly yourself is far superior to reading someone else’s devotional commentary, or listening to someone else’s preaching about it (although it can be beneficial to do that as well).
    Good Bible teaching through reliable Bible teachers can help your correct interpretation of the Bible but it is your responsibility to be settled on what you believe is reasonable interpretation.
  • Be discerning. Beware of counterfeits. Be prepared to disagree with others. Love the truth.
    The Holy Spirit is always on the side of those who love the truth, because he is the Spirit of truth (John 14:15-17).
    All preaching and personal guidance must be checked against the Bible. Don’t accept something you think is not Biblical. The more you know of Gods’ word in the Bible, the safer you will be.
  • When we read the Bible directly, God will give us direct revelation and understanding, and the benefits are immense towards successfully completing Christian life through difficult times.
  • Reading the Bible, God’s word, is transformational.
    It will change you slowly over time towards the mindset of God’s kingdom and away from the mindset of “the world”.
    Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
  • “Going to church” or other religious activities can never be a substitute for reading the Bible.
    Christian fellowship is a supplement to reading God’s word.

It is very important to keep reading the Bible regularly to keep learning the counsels of God as you go through the events of life, through difficult times and good times, to help you interpret those events correctly and avoid becoming prey to false teaching and false ministry.
 Field in Southland (8.5km north of 100km/hr sign leaving Balclutha), New Zealand, 28 April 2013. Photo by WJC
Reading the Bible regularly helps makes sure you are following a correct representation of the character of the members of the trinity, God the father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Following an incorrect representation of these means you could effectively follow a false god, a false Christ, or a false spirit.

So we must keep reading the Bible regularly.
I use the NIV version of Bible, but sometimes find NKJV and KJ rendering of some passages more precise in the wording used around a particular topic, for the purpose of direct quotation.
In the present times some Bible translators seem to be giving in to pressure to translate in a way that suits the unification of all the worlds religions, which is the kingdom of a false Christ, the antichrist.

An example of a perverted version is “The Message” <—- scroll down to the chapter 3 section of that article.

Mt. Egmont, New Zealand, 1 Dec 2010. Photo by WJC

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Pea crop harvesting near Methven, New Zealand, 15 Feb 2014. Photo by WJC

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