How To Read The Bible
How Can I Read the Bible?
Often when people come to me wanting to become serious about their faith, they ask me how they should go about reading the Bible. The Episcopal Church has a great reference book in this regard. It is called the Book of Common Prayer, which you can find in book
form or online. In fact, there is a daily lectionary online: go to www.esvbible.org/devotions/bcp.
Starting on Sunday, November 27, 2016, we will begin Daily Office year one (i.e. use the left pages all year). As you look to the day of the week, you will see numbers with a “baseball diamond” between them; these demark the psalms marked for morning then evening. You will also be given a bit of the New Testament, and a bit of a Gospel to read. In doing this for year one and then year two, you will have read almost the whole Bible in two years. (If you decide to read the Bible straight through from the beginning, Numbers and Leviticus will kill you.) Note: If you miss a day, do not feel that you need to make up the day you lost, just keep on going to the correct day. Also, the lectionary gets a bit wonky after Christmas and after Pentecost. If you have problems, just contact us and we will put you on the right track.
This is a wonderful way for you to grow in your faith while not burdening yourself too much. The Prayer for the second to last Sunday of our Church reads: Blessed Lord, who caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hoped of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. AMEN (Book of Common Prayer, page 236)
Have a wonderful time reading God’s Holy word. It will feed you and direct your path.
The Reverend Paul D. Martin, Rector