WBC Daily Readings
WHY READ THE BIBLE?
The Bible is God’s word to us. It is the record of the Story of God that orients our lives toward ultimate reality. It reveals God to us, shows us the way to be saved, brings us into a greater experience of friendship with God, and is a primary means of grace in our spiritual formation. We will not grow in our relationship with God apart from it. It makes us wise, strengthens us spiritually, nourishes our souls, and equips us for participation in God’s work. It is precious (many have given their lives for it) and it is powerful (multitudes have been given life by it).
HOW TO READ THE BIBLE?
- Schedule a daily time and place. You must form a ritualized habit of reading the Bible. If you don’t intentionally schedule Bible reading into your life, the day’s activities will force it out of your life.
- Pick a Bible. Find a good translation. We use the English Standard Bible at Westwood Baptist Church and recommend the ESV Study Bible as a great resource for your Bible reading. It is important not to get bogged down in Study Bible Notes in your daily reading, but those notes are very helpful in extended study and when reading through hard to understand passages. In addition, it is helpful to read the introduction to each book in a good Study Bible before reading the book. Doing so gives you context and helps you understand the historical situation in which the author is writing a particular people. Having this context will be key to your understanding of what you are reading.
- Read the Bible prayerfully. Pray before you read the Bible that God would give you focus and understanding. Pray while you are reading the Bible, responding to God’s voice in the Scripture with confession, thanksgiving, praise, and petition. Pray after you read, thanking God for his word and asking for his help in applying it.
- Read aloud. Sometimes reading out loud will help you stay focused and allow you to engage more of your senses as you read.
- Look for Jesus and the gospel. Jesus is the point of Scripture. As you read, look for him and for gospel patterns in the text that you might know Christ more.
- Keep a Journal. Consider keeping a journal where you write down insights, prayers, aspirations, or prayers in response to the section of Scripture you are reading.
- Obey and share what you read. The goal is not information, but transformation. Respond to God’s word in trust and obedience. Share with others how God is speaking to you in the Scripture and how it is shaping you.
- Read it with a friend. Have other people in your church follow this plan with you. Consider meeting weekly to share what God is saying to you and how you are seeking to apply. This will add accountability and encourage you as you hear how God is speaking to others.
- Don’t give up. We are all in different places when it comes to Bible reading. Some people are just beginning their journey and reading multiple chapters a day can be overwhelming and intimidating. Sometimes we find ourselves in seasons where the demands for our time make reading more challenging. If you miss a reading, don’t give up. The WBC plan includes five to six days a month to catch up and reflect on what you are reading. If you get far behind, don’t worry about catching up or making up the reading. Just start reading again the assigned reading for the day and move forward.