Read through the whole of the New Testament in 2017

It would be great if everyone could think about something which will help their spiritual wellbeing and relationship with God. Perhaps you find it difficult to be disciplined enough in reading your Bible? To help you, a reading plan has therefore been prepared which provides readings which will allow you to read through the whole of the New Testament in a year. Although this has dates from the beginning of January, if you are starting at a different time of the year, then all you have to do is adjust the dates to suit you.
Rather than starting at the beginning of the New Testament and working through it page by page, the reading plan is based on chronological order – ie in the order that the events actually happened. In doing so you will find that you will read about:
• The birth of Jesus, his early ministry, his teachings, his death and resurrection.
• The start of the Church, how it scatters and expands
• Paul’s letters to various people and groups – linked in to the readings from Acts at the appropriate times when they were written.
• Peter and John’s letters
• The future as revealed to John.

Did you know that to create a habit, you need to do it for three weeks? This is why for so many people, New Year’s Resolutions have often gone by the wayside sometime in January. They have not been able to keep going for 3 weeks and so the habit has not been created.
The reading plan has been put together with flexibility built in, to make it as easy as possible to form a habit in reading your Bible:
• Readings are provided for Monday to Friday each week with no readings included on Saturday or Sunday. Having some time off each week allows for flexibility – if you don’t manage to do a reading one day, you are not immediately behind.
• Readings are generally fairly short – one chapter a day.
• There is flexibility – you can work ahead if you wish. This plan was created from one that could be completed in 3 months, with longer readings each day and no days off. So hopefully this revised format will be less daunting.
It is hoped that having this challenge will draw you closer to God. There may be times when you struggle – but it is likely that this will be the case for the majority of people following the plan so don’t feel discouraged. Just like marathon runners who have a great feeling of achievement at the end of the long run, I am sure you will feel the same when you have read through the whole of the New Testament.
Remember, as the Psalmist says in the Old Testament:
‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.’ (Psalm 119:105)

God wants to be our guide as we journey through life – through any ups and downs that we may have to travel. The Bible is there to help us on our way and it’s good to get to know it better.
Margaret Moore


19th: Galatians 3
20th: Galatians 4
21st : Galatians 5
22nd : Galatians 6
23rd: Acts 17

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