2019 Bible Reading Plan: That the Prophecy Might Be Fulfilled
After spending 2018 with Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel it is only natural that we look to the New Testament as the prophecies of the Messiah and His Kingdom come to pass before our eyes there. It is crucial we make these connections because our faith in God depends upon us seeing Him as able to keep His word (Romans 4:20-21), utterly beyond deceit and lying (Hebrews 6:18), and as always and continually doing exactly as He promises (Hebrews 11:1, 6; 2 Peter 3:8-9). So for 2019 we journey toward stronger and deeper faith as we watch God fulfill His word.
Using this reading plan will help you work through the entire New Testa- ment in one year. Each week has five readings, giving you space in your schedule to catch up or study other parts of the Bible. Consider a 5x5x5 plan for your time with the Lord each day. That would break down to five minutes reading (most chapters in the NT can be read in even less time than that), and then following the reading with five minutes of reflection. Ask yourself key questions about what you read like "What did this mean to its original audience?" Why did the Holy Spirit choose to write this into the Bible? What does this mean now and how can I be a better follower of Jesus’ from this reading? Here is where you can give special attention to look for any promises God made or fulfilled in today’s reading – even if they are just “small” promises to individuals. Remember, reflecting on the day’s reading is essential to growth. Don’t skimp here! Then complete your time with God and His Word with five minutes in prayer. Pray for others and pray for opportunities to live out what you just learned. If practiced regularly, you will soon find these 15 minutes to be the most important minutes in your day.
2019 gives us a tremendous opportunity to open God’s Book and build our faith in God as we watch Him fulfill His Word! Let’s read the New Testament!