2019 Bible Reading Challenge
Updated: December 28, 2018 for 2019 Bible Reading Challenge
Have you ever tried to read through the Bible? How far did you get? If you’re like most people, you probably fell off the wagon somewhere around Leviticus or Numbers. I know I did. Bible reading is difficult and can be frustrating.
Even if you did read through the entire Bible, how much of it did you comprehend? While reading those large chunks of Scripture, did you take time to meditate and let God speak to you? Nah, me either.
What if you did something different in 2019?
What if you could get the big picture of the Bible by only reading a couple chapters a day for five days a week? Now, what if you could do that as part of a community of other believers who would hold each other accountable? Would something like that entice you?
If so, the Bible Study Tips 2019 Bible Reading Challenge is for you! Continue reading to learn the details & how to sign up.
As we read through the Bible together we will use the F-260 Bible reading plan from Replicate Ministries. This 260-day plan highlights the foundational passages of Scripture that Christians should know. The goal is to cover the major points of the Bible without getting bogged down in some of the lesser details, like genealogies or Tabernacle measurements.
Why 260 days? F-260 isn’t about reading for the sake of reading or checking off boxes. While it’s important to read the Bible, it’s more important to hear from and connect with God as you read. The F-260 plan helps you do this. Instead of reading every day, you only read 5 times a week, with weekends left open for reflection or catching up if you get behind.
Beyond Bible reading, the F-260 plan also incorporates Scripture memory and journaling. Both of these practices cement the Scripture’s place in your spirit, while also helping you digest what you’re learning.
Reading the Bible is vital to our spiritual growth, but it’s also important to not do it alone. The reason so many people fail when they try to read through the Bible is because they do it alone. Reading in a group setting remedies this problem.
There are many benefits to studying the Bible with other people. Obviously, there’s the benefit of keeping one another accountable. This is one of the few times when peer pressure is helpful. Accountability aside, here are a few other reasons why learning in community is important:
- We get stuck and sometimes need help
- Things get missed in study and we need others to point it out
- It provides encouragement and prayer
- New friendships can be made
- We get to help others, just as much as they help us
This list is not exhaustive, but you get the idea. Learning in community is beneficial to your spiritual growth, as well as the growth of others.
How Can I Sign Up?
So, you’re on board with the Bible reading challenge, that’s great. But, you need to know how to participate. To make this happen, we’ll use a few pieces of technology.
The key components of the Bible reading challenge include:
- the Logos Bible app (desktop or mobile)
- our Faithlife Group
- Scripture Typer (app or website)
- a notebook
A couple optional components include a physical Bible or study Bible of your choice and the Foundations journal.
The Logos Bible App & Faithlife Group
The Logos Bible app & Faithlife group are the most important pieces of the challenge. This is where we will gather to go through the F-260 plan together.
If you are not a Logos Bible software user, that’s okay. You can use their mobile app for free and it includes a few different Bible translations and tools, including a study Bible and dictionary. If you don’t already have the app, use the link above and create an account. Then go to your App Store and search for “Logos Bible” and follow the instructions to create your free account and download the app.
Once you’ve created your account, click the link below to join the Bible Study Tips Faithlife group. Within the group you will find the F-260 2019 Bible reading plan. Once a part of the group, the reading plan will be accessible from within the app, where you can do your daily reading & take notes.
The awesome thing about using the Logos app & Faithlife group is that we can share notes with one another. Here you can share your insights from journaling or get to know the other members in the community. So, if there is a passage that speaks to you, you can leave a note or comment. And if you have questions about a passage, you can leave that as a comment & others can respond & comment. More than anything it’s a place to grow and encourage one another as we study the Bible together.
As stated above, one of the components of the F-260 plan is memorizing Scripture. If you want to memorize these as a community you can download the app and join the BibleStudy.Tips group. Each week I’ll update the group with the current week’s verses.
There are two passages each week. You can learn one or both, the choice is yours.
Journaling is an important step in your reading. Grab a notebook, physical or digital, so you can make notes each day. The F-260 plan recommends the H.E.A.R. method of study, which you can learn more about here.
If you don’t want to read on your computer or phone, use your print Bible. Additionally, if you want some devotional material to accompany your daily readings, I recommend purchasing the Foundations journal or the CSB Disciple’s Study Bible. Both products contain the reading plan & memory verses, as well as space for you to write your journal entries. Either product will help you make the most of the F-260 plan and the Bible reading challenge.
The Bible reading challenge kicks off on December 31, 2018.Join me as I read the Bible in 2019 using the #f260 plan from @RGallaty & @ReplicateMin! #2019BibleChallenge Click To Tweet
If you’re ready to join all you need to do is download the Logos Bible app and join the Faithlife group. Everything else is optional, but encouraged.
I look forward to studying the Bible with you in 2019!