Reading the Bible as an INTJ.

Last year I made the decision to start reading the Bible for three reasons:

  1. I wanted to see how Jesus worked in discipling.
  2. I wanted to see what the Bible had to say and whether it was consistent with what preachers sold to me with their sermons.
  3. I had this subtle pressure from God at times to start reading the Bible.

I started to read the Gospels one chapter per night before I went to bed. Why?

  1. It was convenient. I was in the middle of my master’s degree and had to choose something simple to do.
  2. I eliminated pressure to read a certain number of chapters in a short period of time. This was one of the reasons why I wouldn’t do any read the Bible in a year commitments: wasn’t going to keep them. This liberated me to focus on a really short term goal: one chapter per night.
  3. Simple.
  4. A small step in the direction of adopting Bible reading in my life

I quickly realized that I was more interested in what the Bible had to say and not in how Jesus worked in discipling. This was a good thing, because if it was the other way around I would have stopped reading the Bible when I finished with the Gospels and this blog post would have looked differently.

After I finished reading the Gospels, I had a 5-10 min decision moment in my mind where I had to decide whether I was going to keep going in the New Testament of whether I would start reading Genesis and read my way to the Gospels. This was a not so important moment that would determine the content that I would be exposing my mind to. After a brief moment of tension, I made the decision to read Genesis.

Today, looking back at the content covered in my Sunday School classes, I can safely say that I made the right choice by going to Genesis. Reading the first four and a half books of the Bible has helped me understand the book of Joshua in more depth than I would have if I had gone through the New Testament.

In conclusion, what is the INTJness way of reading the Bible?

  1. Choose an individualized and tailored plan.
  2. Choose which book to start with
  3. State the reason to start… and to keep going.
  4. Make mental notes of what has been learned.
  5. Repeat, if necessary.

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