Get into the Bible
Vantage Point Church wants to help you get into the Bible. We live in a day and age where there is so much going on and the one thing we need to be doing, investing our lives in the Living, Breathing, Active, Word of God, we don’t find or make the time for. It is our hope to help you get a plan of action this year to help you get going in this journey. There are some great plans out there and I encourage you to find one that fits best you and what you are wanting to get out of the Bible. It is important to have a plan to be successful. Below you will find two things: 1) a list of reading plans that will give you a daily reading guide, 2) a strategy that we teach and use here at VP for reading and engaging with scripture called REAP.
One Story – One Year
The OWNit365 “One Story” plan takes you through the key stories of the Bible in one year. The plan shows how the many stories of the Bible make up one interconnected story – God’s story. The plan calls for reading between one to three chapters of Scripture a day from three separate chapters (i.e. the main storyline and key cross references), six days per week. Additionally, the publishers of the OWNit365 reading plans have improved your reading experience by providing an OWNit365 app and website complete with videos, experience guides, dinner discussions, and more.
Whole Bible – One Year
The Whole Bible plan is a 6-day-a-week journey through the entire Bible with two readings per day. The acronym “OWN” represents one daily reading from the Old Testament, along with one from the Wisdom Books or New Testament. Each day’s reading is designed to balance both the amount you read as well as provide a section which is easier to understand and apply to your life.
Make the most of your reading experience by taking advantage of the resources available on OWNit365.com!
NT+ is a 6-day-a-week revolutionary way to read through the New Testament. Instead of reading straight through the New Testament, the NT+ plan is strategically divided into reading based on authorship. For example, all of John’s, Luke’s and Peter’s writings are together, while Paul’s writings are divided equally over each quarter.
Five days a week, you’ll read one chapter in the New Testament. On the sixth day, you’ll read a chapter in the Old Testament that was referenced in the New Testament reading that week to give you context for its New Testament emphasis.
Make the most of your reading experience by taking advantage of all of the resources through OWNit365.com including the weekly Experience Guide, Family Dinner Devotions, Reading Tips, Small Group Conversation Guides, Videos and much more!
REAP Bible Reading Resource
Open your Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to teach, correct, and train you (2 Timothy 3:16).
As you’re reading, ask these questions:
What is happening in this passage?
What things are emphasized, repeated, related?
What do you see about God?
What is God doing in this passage?
What do you see about man?
Spend some time reflecting. Ask yourself these questions, and write down your thoughts:
How do you think the author wants his audience to respond?
What do you learn about God’s character?
What wrong beliefs about God and myself did I have?
After examining the passage, apply the text to your own life. Ask yourself these questions:
What do you need to obey from this passage? (Is there a Promise to live out, a Sin to confess, a Truth to believe)
How do I need to repent?
What false beliefs must I turn from?
What can I do – empowered by the Holy Spirit – today to apply this passage?
Pray through the passage and your application, asking God to change your heart and to change your life based on the time you’ve spent in God’s Word.
After you finish share what God taught you with at least one person—your friend, your spouse, your kids, or your coworkers. Don’t keep what God taught you to yourself.