How to Read the Bible in One Year


How many times have you told yourself, "this is the year I'm going to read the entire bible." *Raises hand* Yes, I too have made this statement only to divert my attention to something else, and every time it's been a costly mistake. When life took its toll, I didn't know what to do or where to turn. This year, that all changed, and His world is now essential to my everyday routine. 

Reading God's world prevents us from falling victim to false teachings like the prosperity gospel, where everyone is rich and healthy. The Bible is full of wisdom to navigate everyday life, including God's design for marriage, how to raise children, and treat our neighbors. God's word continues to free people from unforgiveness and oppression. Lastly, we can understand who God is through His word. 

As you can see, time spent reading the Bible is never wasted. 

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

I'm currently reading The One Year Bible for Women, and the format is extremely helpful in studying God's Word. Each fifteen-minute daily reading consists of portions from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. The goal isn't to get through the Bible as fast as possible, and this structure is enough to read, study, and understand without feeling rushed.

You'll find while reading the Bible, a scripture or two stands out. This is where the SOAP bible study method is helpful. Each letter of the acronym stands for scripture, observation, application, and prayer.

Applying the SOAP Bible Study Method

Let's take a look at each letter in this acronym and how to apply it to your bible study sessions. 

Scripture - In college, I took notes the old-fashioned way, with pen and paper. This method of note-taking promotes retention and understanding, and the same idea is applied here. Write down scriptures that stand out to begin understanding their meaning.

Observation: Who are the authors, and what messages, commands, or principles are they sharing? Do you notice any themes?

Application: How does the text apply to your life? Maybe there's room for improvement at home, work, or in relationships with other people. Do you feel convicted about anything? Take time to be specific.

Prayer: Pray for clarification, wisdom, and guidance as you apply what you learned to your life.

I hope these tips help and feel free to share your own in the comments!

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