The R.E.A.D. Method is intended to lead you through the process of reading scripture devotionally. Devotional reading is about meaningfully reading scripture as a way to connect with God. this isn’t just reading your Bible; this is spending relational time with God through His word.
BEFORE YOU GET STARTED
Decide on a plan for your daily scripture reading. A great place to start is to read one chapter in the New Testament and one chapter from the book of Psalms. If you want to add to that, you can add a chapter from the Old Testament. We strongly suggest you keep a chapter from Psalms in your planned reading. Psalms are songs and prayers from people with a heart after God who meaningfully communed with God. They tutor us and shape our own devotional times with God.
Choose a way to write down your reflections and prayers. A journal and pen work great. Try to avoid using single pieces of paper as it’s super beneficial to be able to look back over time at what God spoken to you. Using your smartphone can also work. However, if you don’t have the discipline to be undistracted by texts, messages, and social media, stick with a non-electronic option.
Have a good study Bible that can be quickly accessed during this time. Referring to this will help clear up any confusion you might have over what you’re reading.
BIBLE READING CHECKLIST
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work”
– 2 Timothy 3:14-17
This Bible reading checklist allows you to track your progress as you read through the Bible. All 1,189 chapters of the Bible are represented here as boxes. With this checklist, you’ll be able to visualize your progress by checking off the chapters as you complete them.
We highly recommend that you make a plan for reading scripture as a way of meaningfully connecting with God on a daily basis. This plan should be reasonable – something that is not too ambitious and something that you can stick to for the long haul.