By Jon Fitz
"I have been convinced for some time that it is essential for a Christian to be well acquainted with God's word. The Biblical foundations for this are clear enough, yet many commonly held beliefs are based on hearsay, rather than a first-hand knowledge of the truth. I think this matter is especially important for Protestants who hold to the notion of Sola Scriptura.
"Nonetheless, I found the Bible's organization confusing if read cover-to-cover. This made me think that a chronological organization might be simpler to follow. In addition, I wanted a schedule (rather than a Chronological Bible) so that the user could freely choose translations and study helps. I wasn't sure how to proceed, but committed to trying after reaching the conclusion that God wanted me to work on this project. God really did show me the way through it, and it was one step at a time the whole way. It was an exciting process, and I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity. I expect to make improvements as time allows, but I hope the current version will be helpful to the committed reader."
If you are a Christian, or simply an inquisitive person, you probably want to know more about God. Fortunately, God has anticipated this, and provided us with the Bible. Think of the Bible as God's FAQ sheet (that's "Frequently Asked Questions" for you internet novices!). "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (NIV 2Tim 3:16-17) However, many people get frustrated when reading the Scriptures, especially the Old Testament. You might ask: "Who are all those people? Why does everything seem so jumbled up?" This plan is designed to help overcome these problems. The primary emphasis is on putting events into chronological order. Non-historical books are organized so that they tie into the history as much as practically possible. The overall goal is to help you to read and understand more of the Bible and to understand it from a broader perspective.
The Basic Reading:
The Optional Reading:
The Year-long Bible Reading Plan is currently available for download as a Microsoft Excel file or a Adobe Acrobat PDF File, which when printed fits nicely onto two A4 pages in landscape mode. Download the following zip file and then extract the MS Excel file:
The Reading Plan can also be viewed on-line by selecting the following link.
You can contact Jon Fitz by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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