#3. Follow through with my Bible reading plan.
I have always done pretty well with having a time each day to spend in scripture. Sometimes I will go for periods where it is a lot of time, getting into some serious study. Others, it may be just a few chapters. I have always had the goal - and never accomplished it - of reading through the Bible in a year. I have tried various formulas and schedules, have tried using chronological Bibles, etc. I tend to get hung up around Leviticus, then at Job and the minor prophets.
This year, I am using the reading plan listed in the daily readings from Table Talk.
I started reading older copies of this last year that were set out on the table at church, and really enjoyed it. We have our OWN subscription this year. I am going to read the devotional study each day, and the chapters. It also includes some chapters and verses for further study, and I try to get those in each day, too. I like this because it goes through books of the Bible verse by verse, as opposed to being topical.
I have tried to do group or "organized" Bible studies in the past, and usually don't finish them. I have attempted various Beth Moore studies, and even Experiencing God. I find that I make it to the class, and I get a good start on the homework, but I just cannot get the 30-45 minutes worth of homework done each day. I really don't care for the flipping through the Bible, looking up verses and filling-in-the-blanks approach. So I get behind, then I have too much to finish....and then I don't get it done. Just the way my mind works, I guess!
When I find a topic that really interests me, say, baptism, I will look up all the scripture I can find on it, then I will often look up a few websites for their perspective, then move on to some Church history. I always want to know WHO did WHAT and WHEN. When did certain practices of the Church come into existence? Who made that decision, and based on what scripture? I find that helps me clarify in my own mind whether some doctrine is from scripture or added through mans' tradition.
And I just really like to study history.
This is the Bible that I have been using for study for the last few years:
and I also like to use this Bible dictionary, which was recommended by a pastor:
So, I tend to go in different directions at times, reading on a subject, chasing some rabbit trails through history and modern commentary.
I think however you decide to study is fine, I just want to encourage everyone to spend some time in the Word each and every day.