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Embarking on the Bible challenge in my twenties was a decision that would change my life forever. I understood that consistency was key, so I made it a point to read the Bible each day as soon as I woke up. Creating this daily routine became easier when I designated a specific place for my sacred morning ritual. I choose to do my reading in my bathroom since I started of the day there anyway. The Bible challenge encouraged me to commit just five minutes each morning to dive into its timeless wisdom and teachings.
So whether you choose to embark on your own Bible challenge or any other personal endeavor, remember that consistency is key and finding what works best for you will propel you forward on your journey of growth. My former pastor Ron Sauer gave me an excellent definition of the word DISCIPLINE; He said, “It is doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and the way it needs to be done, no matter how you feel about it.” ~ Bill Greguska
Matthew 22:29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
Part # 1 Bible Challenge (About The Bible)
Details To The Bible Challenge:
- Commit to reading Your Bible for at least 5 minutes every morning before eating breakfast.
- Discover one scripture verse to help your day or someone else’s day.
- Be sure to say a short prayer before you read.
- Find a notebook to write down any verses that jump out to you in a particular way.
- Write a short letter to God about what you read and what happening in your life.
- If you need help figuring out where to start to read, I suggest the book of Proverbs, Psalms, 1 John 1-3, and James.
- After doing this for 30 days, try for extra credit to do the same thing before going to bed.
- If you accidentally miss a day or two, do not worry; get back to it the following day.
- I pray that this Bible challenge will help your relationship with God.
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Why Take The Bible Challenge?
- Matthew 22:29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
- “Fewer than half of all adults can name the four gospels. Many Christians cannot identify more than two or three of the disciples. According to the Barna Research Group data, 60 percent of Americans can’t name even five of the Ten Commandments. “No wonder people break the Ten Commandments all the time. They don’t know what they are,” said George Barna.” According to 82 percent of Americans, “God helps those who help themselves” is a Bible verse. Those identified as born-again Christians did better–by one percent. Most adults think the Bible teaches that the essential purpose in life is taking care of one’s family. Another survey of graduating high school seniors revealed that over 50 percent thought Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife. A considerable number of respondents to one poll indicated that Billy Graham preached the Sermon on the Mount.” (AlbertMohler.com)
- 80% of Americans have never read the Bible from cover to cover (Lifeway Research)
- 80% of Christians don’t read the Bible each day (Christianity Today)
- Those who read the Bible at least four days a week are less likely to participate in:
- Getting drunk = 57% less likely
- Sex outside marriage = 68% less likely
- Pornography = 61% less likely
- Gambling = 74% less likely (Back to the Bible)
- Those who read the Bible at least four days a week are more likely to:
- Sharing faith with others = 228% more likely
- Disciplining others = 231% more likely
- Memorizing scripture = 407% more likely (Back to the Bible)
How To Study The Bible Using The Soap Method!
Three Tools To Use To Assist With Reading The Bible:
1. Check out the Bible Hub Tool
2. Check out Bible Gateway
3. Check out the Open Bible
Bible Challenge How To Read The Bible And Enjoy Reading It!
Bible Challenge Tips to Help You Read The Bible!
- Think of the Bible as a gourmet meal for the soul. A healthy diet can bring peace and purpose to your life and help you deal with stressful situations in a way that would please God.
- Set up a reading routine. Put aside at least 5-10 minutes to read a chapter of the Bible. (it does not have to be an entire section, as long as you focus on what you are learning).
- Getting up a little earlier or finding a quiet spot away from distractions. (possibly while sitting in the kitchen before you eat) Maybe you read it with coffee, during your lunch break, or before bed. Set a time and stick to it.
- Expect that when you read the Bible, it may seem hard at first. Before reading, pray, and ask God to help you understand what you’re about to read. Ask Him to show you what He wants you to learn. Study Bibles are also helpful in making you more familiar with what you are reading.
- Think about three things while you read. What does what I am reading mean? What is God trying to say to me in this part of the Bible? And how can I apply what I am learning to my life?
- Ask a friend to help you with reading by being a reading partner. Maybe you can go through a reading plan together or meet each week to discuss your reading. Text or email Bible verses, or use a Bible app to “friend” each other and share notes.
- Read the Bible by topic. The book of James is all about Christian living. The Psalms, a book of worship, can enrich your devotion to God, and Proverbs is full of wisdom to strengthen your relationship with others.
- Don’t beat yourself up or quit if you miss a day. Renew your commitment, pick up the next day, and read the Bible as a regular part of your life.
When You Read The Bible, You Will Discover:
- God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help. Psalm 46:1
- Create in me a clean heart, O God. Psalm 51:10
- Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
- For I know the plans I have for you. Jeremiah 29:11
- But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. Matthew 6:33
- Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find. Matthew 7:7
- Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Matthew 22:37
- Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
- In all things, God works for the good of those who love him. Romans 8:28
- We are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37
- Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world. Romans 12:2
- No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 1 Corinthians 10:13
- If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17
- My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect. 2 Corinthians 12:9
- Our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers. Ephesians 6:12
- Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. Philippians 3:13
- Do not be anxious about anything but in everything. Philippians 4:6
- And the peace of God, which passes all understanding. Philippians 4:7
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
- Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Different Topics Concerning The Bible!
When the Bible is open, it will speak to you and your needs. When it is close, it can not do so. Sin will keep you from the Bible, but also, the Bible will keep you from sin. Please take your time to find out what you can most benefit from this list below. ~ Bill Greguska
Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:
Philippians 4:6 ESV
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Acts 2:38-39 ESV
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
John 3:16 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Matthew 28:19 ESV
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Matthew 22:29 ESV
But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.
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