Reading and Memorizing God’s Word

April 19, 2009

I’m back! I am planning to restart my blog. My primary goal is to equip members of my church (and anyone who cares to follow along) in their personal Bible reading and Scripture memorization. I may also resume posting occasional quotes, book reviews and reflections from my own studies.

My church is following a Bible Reading Plan developed by Tim Chester for the Edge Network. You can find it here. We are following the schedule for year three. This plan will take you through the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice over three years. If you want to learn more about it you can read this article.

Our Scripture Memory program is following the Fighter Verses program developed by Bethlehem Baptist Church. I suggest following the 7 by 7 memorization and review plan. The “Fighter Verses” sight also has some excellent devotional and background material for each week’s verse.

Weekly Bible Reading: Proverbs 25-31

Weekly Memory Verse: Psalm 34:17-18

Suggestions for this week’s reading:

1. You can read a chapter of Proverbs a day. If you do this I would suggest trying to read each chapter twice. During your first reading look for the themes this chapter emphasizes. During your second reading, pick one major them and write down what the Proverbs teach about that theme.

2. You can read all of Proverbs 25-31 each day. This takes about 15-20 minutes. As you do pick a theme each day and see how it is developed. For example you might focus on what the Proverbs teach about kings, fools, slackers, or self-discipline.

3. Simply read at your own pace and write down themes and ideas that “jump out” at you. Spend some time thinking about why this proverb was important and how it applies to your life.

My goal this week will be to post some reflections on themes that span all of Proverbs 25-31.

In Christ

Pastor Mike