It’s the START that STOPS the average person.
Don’t get stopped at START.
Here are three things that have made a big difference in getting me STARTED everyday in reading the Bible.
1. Prioritize. First things should be first. Its so easy to become distracted. Before I read anything else, I read a portion of the Bible.
Just doing that reminds my spirit that the Bible is vital for my life.
2. Digitize. I use the Youversion Bible app on my smartphone.
Its easy to use.
It makes the Bible handy. I can instantly access a couple of dozen versions if I want to see a verse from different angles.
I use a printed version of the Bible for study. I use a digital version for my morning devotional times.
The Youversion app also allows you to follow along with the message notes from North Pointe on Sundays. Search for “North Pointe” under live events.
3. Organize. I follow North Pointe’s reading plan. One obstacle to reading the Bible is, “What should I read?” A plan gives you a starting point everyday. Anything that eliminates obstacles from doing a good thing, is a good thing.
The North Pointe plan follows a 7 x 52 pattern. Seven Bible readings each week – Monday – Saturday.
So, be above average.
Get into the Bible and get the Bible into you.
Thursdays – October 8th – December 3rd – “The Bible And You” – lift the value of the Bible to a higher level in your life at North Pointe.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU
- understand why the Bible is the most modern book in the world.
- gain a panoramic view of God’s story in the Bible.
- become familiar with the major themes of the Bible.
- have a greater interest in reading the Bible and gain more takeaways from your reading.
- become familiar with ten vital portions of the Bible.
- learn how to use online applications for study and devotion.
APPLICATION: Help start a trend of getting back to the Bible. Pass this on to a friend or leave a comment below.
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I read my Bible every day first thing in the morning and sometimes throughout the day. I just can’t start my day without reading God’s Word. It doesn’t feel right if I don’t. In the past 2 years I have read through my Bible twice completely. I am reading through again. I have used a reading plan which worked very well to keep me focused. After that I read in book order. Now I am reading in book order and also random chapters that come to my heart to read. I will also read online sometimes and listen to an audio Bible. I have a small travel Bible I carry with me everywhere I go. I love reading.
Thanks for sharing, Patricia! Your example of reading the Bible daily is a great one!
#3-I follow the North Pointe reading plan faithfully. It makes sense knowing exactly what I’m reading every morning.
I’m enamoured with the plan because it helps anyone and everyone to stay on the same page all year long.
I have started reading the Bible about a month ago, i am wondering if NP offers the Bethel series of studying the Bible to a deeper level?
Irene, I’m glad you’ve started to read your Bible. Fantastic. I am not familiar with “the Bethel” series. Is there a website you could refer me to?
Hello, Here is the website that goes into detail of what the Bethel series is all about. http://www.bethelseries.com/home.
I had a look through the materials. We offer a series called, “Alpha.” Its not the same as the Bethel Series in that it is more discussion oriented. Alpha covers macro subjects like “Who Jesus Is; How can I Have Faith; Is the Bible Reliable; How Can I Pray?” A course in the Bible is something we’ll consider for September. Thank you.
i just completed the Alpha course at NP, it was not what I expected, but I quite enjoyed it. I did think or hoped it would have been more in depth. That is what I am looking for. Thanks for your quick replies