2022 Bible Reading Plan: A Year with Paul

2022 Bible Reading Plan: A Year with Paul

Introduction

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Apart from Jesus, the central figure of New Testament Christianity is the apostle Paul. His preaching turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6), but it is what he wrote - 13 of the books of the New Testament - that today accounts for his giant influence in Christianity. Those letters define the church’s key doctrines and our understanding of how disciples live and act.

Unfortunately, usually those letters are studied almost independently of Paul’s life situation. We dive into Ephesians or Corinthians without much thought of what Paul was going through, where he is in the Acts narrative, or what what was affecting all the churches he was working with at that time. That’s why this Year with the Apostle Paul reading plan promises to be a breakthrough. We will read Paul’s life story and Paul’s writing and consider them together. This kind of purposeful reading will grant us better insights into what Paul means as we consider who Paul was.

You will not find the daily readings very lengthy. That is intentional because an essential part of this year’s reading plan is that you ask and answer key questions (see the back of the Reading Schedule) every day. This will keep you on track with our purpose: seeing the New Testament through Paul’s eyes. You will need your Bible, a notebook, a pen, and a desire to meet Paul. It all means we have a special opportunity to spend a year with this amazing follower of Jesus Christ who wrote “You should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ” (1 Cor 11:1). Let’s get to know Paul and what he wrote for us!

Questions when Reading in Acts

  1. How does this show the continuation of Jesus’ work now going on in the church?
  2. How did people try to thwart the message of the gospel in our reading?
  3. What is the Holy Spirit doing in this text?
  4. What in our reading shows how Paul handled adversity and difficulty?

Questions when Reading Epistles

  1. What are the central themes in Paul’s preach- ing and teaching being emphasized or how are the central themes in this epistle being empha- sized in today’s reading?
  2. How does our reading show how Paul handles people? How does this text show Paul’s con- cern for God’s people?
  3. How would this specific church or person ad- dressed have benefited from this text? How does this passage show us God’s will for the purpose, nature, and function of the church?
  4. How did the gospel change the lives of the be- lievers addressed? How does this reading change my life?
  5. How does this show the “good news” of the gospel? How can I share that with someone else?

Note: all dates given here are approximate and represent the best possible effort to work out the life of Paul consistent with what the Bible tells us about his work and travels.

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