Last year I made the decision to start reading the Bible for three reasons:
- I wanted to see how Jesus worked in discipling.
- I wanted to see what the Bible had to say and whether it was consistent with what preachers sold to me with their sermons.
- 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?
- It was convenient. I was in the middle of my master’s degree and had to choose something simple to do.
- 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.
- 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?
- Choose an individualized and tailored plan.
- Choose which book to start with
- State the reason to start… and to keep going.
- Make mental notes of what has been learned.
- Repeat, if necessary.