A Challenge: Read a study Bible and the notes this year

The Plan: Read a study Bible plus the notes in a year. I love the ESV Study Bible. Use these bookmarks developed from Discipleship Journal that segments the entire Bible into 300 daily readings. Just because Jan. 1 is behind you, it doesn't mean you can't start today and end a year from that date.

The Plan:

Read a study Bible plus the notes in a year. I love the ESV Study Bible. Use these bookmarks developed from Discipleship Journal that segments the entire Bible into 300 daily readings.

Just because Jan. 1 is behind you, it doesn't mean you can't start today and end a year from that date.

The Why:

I could write about countless battles won, a deeper joy, and a greater understanding of the goodness of God because of the Scriptures, but I'll let the Scriptures tell you "The Why."

Scripture is to be understood correctly

2 Timothy 2:15 - Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Acts 17:11 - Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for the man of God

2 Timothy 3:14-16 - But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 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 competent, equipped for every good work.

Scripture provides nourishment that bread cannot

Matthew 4:4 - Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Job 23:12 - I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.

Scripture will set you free from guilt and the enslaving power of sinful patterns of conduct

John 8:32 - "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

Bob Kauflin, The Director of Worship Development for Sovereign Grace Ministries and worship pastor of Covenant Life Church, read the ESV Study Bible last year and wrote down some thoughts on it that I found helpful.

May our lives be saturated with the Word; our thoughts, our songs, our prayers. Let me know if you're up for the challenge. It's worth it.