Reading the Bible in a Year has never been easier or more fun.
That’s a big claim, but I can back it up: I’m reading the Bible in a year, and it’s never been easier or more fun.
If that doesn’t convince you, consider this:
They created a FREE one-year Bible reading plan supplemented with short, clever, and informative videos. These animated videos walk us non-biblical scholars into a clearer understanding of the Bible with its overarching theme of redemption in Christ.
If you’ve followed my blog long at all, you know that seeing Christ as first and last in everything — particularly all of Scripture — is my passion. I call it The Red Thread. (Check out my short video.)
App Features and How It Works:
When you open the ReadScripture app, you’ll find the readings grouped chronologically into 16 different sections.
Across the top of your screen, you’ll see options for Settings and Today.
If you click on Settings, you’ll be able to control notifications, reminders, and your start date. You can even reset your progress.
If you click on Today, the app will take you immediately to that day’s reading depending on your progress.
The app defaults to your daily reading.
To read the day’s selection, click on the Start button, and then take a deep breath. (They tell us to do that.)
“Take a deep breath as you begin to spend time with God.”
I love it. It’s too easy to just jump right in without taking the time to realize the importance of the moment. We should let it soak in that we’re about to spend time with the God of the universe.
Then simply scroll down to read the day’s scripture passages plus a Psalm.
Some days they begin or end the day’s reading with a short, entertaining video.
By the end of a year, you will have read the entire Bible once and Psalms 2 1/2 times.
Videos That Create the “Oh! Now I get it!” Affect
The Bible Project’s videos, which cover a variety of topics, inspire the “Oh! Now I get it” affect.
For instance, ever tried to explain God’s holiness? Not easy, is it?
I’ve come to understand it over time, but I’m not sure I could easily explain it so others could grasp its full meaning.
The Bible Project’s video on God’s Holiness explains it so clearly even a child could understand it. Watch it. You’ll see what I mean.
But I Hate to Read
What if you’re thinking, “But I hate to read?”
My daughter-in-law Kaitlyn has always struggled to read the Bible every day for the simple fact that she, like so many others, hates to read.
Kaitlyn has wanted to want to read it daily. She really has, but, alas, she didn’t, so she didn’t.
Then her Bible study group decided they’d all read through the Bible in a year using this app. She took a deep breath and determined to push through it.
One month later, she’s been transformed.
She no longer only wishes she wanted to read the Bible daily. Because of the ReadScripture app, her want-to has kicked in. Now she gladly reads it every day.
She still “hates to read” but now, when she talks about reading the Bible daily, her eyes light up.
Does she never miss a day of reading now? Of course she does. Life has a way of getting in the way. But, with the ease and fun of the app along with the encouragement of her Bible study group, she can quickly catch up.
In fact, the ladies in her Bible study created a “GroupMe” chat using the GroupMe app. In it, they text each other encouragement from the readings and ask questions. It’s another wonderful use of technology to help us fall more in love with studying the Bible.
I liked the group encouragement idea so much, I joined their GroupMe chat even though I haven’t been able to attend the study yet due to scheduling conflicts.
Isn’t It Too Late to Start Reading Through the Bible in a Year?
Most people start a “Bible in a Year” plan on January 1st, but why be like others?
You can set your own start date in the app. Any day is a great day to start reading through the Bible in a year.
In fact, grab a friend or two — or a Bible study group — and read through the Bible in a year starting today — or tomorrow. Just get started.
It’s never been easier or more fun.
Read what others have to say about ReadScripture:
- [ReadScripture] has made reading through the Bible incredibly doable. The resources they’ve made available have led me to see the Gospel as the centerpiece throughout all of Scripture — just like a great Biblical resource should. ~ Emily Williams, Lexington, SC
- Practically, I thoroughly enjoy it because of the customizable daily reminder which allows me to start my day with the appropriate Psalm and then the appropriate Scripture for the day. ~ Anna Wolf, Lexington, SC
- I love how it’s all inclusive. Everything is right there in one app. ~ Kaitlyn Wilund, Lexington, SC
If you’ve been using this app, share why you love it in the comments.
Or maybe you have a different app you want to tell us about as well. We’d love to hear from you.