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Why Should I Read the Whole Bible?

At PMI we require our students to read the entire Bible a minimum of once per year for every year that they are enrolled with us. I have talked to brothers in Christ before who do not see the value of reading the entirety of the Canon every year. Some of the reasons I hear are:

  • The whole Bible isn’t relevant to me.
  • If I focus on reading the whole Bible in a year then I am not able to study the Bible.
  • I just rely on the Spirit to guide me where to read from day to day.

I once knew a man who said that he put a sticky note in his Bible at the beginning of the Book of Romans and one at Philemon so he would have his parameters set for his reading. The Pauline Epistles are very important, especially for the Body of Christ today. It is from these 13 books that we get practically all of our doctrine for the church today. However, it is very shortsighted to leave out the other 53 books of the Canon. By reading the entire Bible every year a believer is able to see how that overarching story of God’s plan is first mentioned and we follow it through to its terminus in Revelation. The history that is learned is priceless as well. Not only do we see how history unfolds from the biblical perspective, but we see the errors of the people and have the opportunity to learn from them. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:11, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”

Reading the whole Bible every year helps you to know the Bible better. You are going to be more familiar with the whole story from start to finish. Knowing the whole story will allow you to look at the whole Bible in its proper context. Further, by reading the entire narrative, you will know why these stories you’ve heard about, happened, and will be able to answer questions about them for other believers and skeptics as well. In other words, a solid biblical foundation will help you as an apologist. We get that word apologist from the Greek apologia, which comes from 1 Peter 3:15 where we are told, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” Having a working knowledge of the entire Bible can help you in winning a soul to Christ.

The entire Bible can be read from cover to cover in one year by reading 4 chapters per day. To say that focusing on doing this will cause you to not be able to study because you are focusing on trying to just read the four chapters is a logical fallacy called the Either/Or Fallacy. This means a person is asserting that he only has the two options and can only choose the one. I have to emphatically state that reading the Bible IS NOT the same as studying the Bible. 2 Timothy 2:15 says to, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Studying the Bible is a completely different endeavor that we are commanded by Scripture to do. I would suggest having a pad and pen nearby when reading and then jotting down anything that stands out as needing to be studied more in-depth later in your study time.

Interestingly enough, the people who tell me that they just go “where the Spirit leads,” never seem to be led to the Old Testament. I don’t deny that the Spirit does lead the believer in matters, but the Bible is the Word of God and our final Authority in all matters. I find it hard to believe that the Holy Spirit would take objection to the believer having a committed, daily reading of the Holy Writ from cover to cover through each year. He is able to direct us to other areas of study in addition to our daily reading. If time is truly an obstacle keeping you from reading your Bible and studying it, take a look at what strongholds are in your life that could be eliminated to allow you more time for God’s Word. I firmly believe that just freeing up 30 minutes would make more than enough time. That’s just one half-hour sitcom.

Since I trusted Christ as Saviour in 2000 I have read the entire Canon twelve times and will have read it twice more before this year is out. Sadly, I didn’t see the value in reading the entire Bible until 2011 when the late Dr. Mike Johnston convinced me of the importance of it. So those numbers I posted reflect 14 full readings in 9 years. That takes effort, but is hardly impressive. Friend of the Ministry, Dr. Michael O’Neal finished his 108th reading of the entire Bible on June 28th of this year. That is in addition to studying for three sermons and a Sunday School lesson each week, studying to teach 4 lessons per week at his Bible Institute, and for 5 radio messages each week. At the end of the day there are many good reasons for reading through the Bible every year. Most of all, you will learn to see God’s sovereign planning and hand in the affairs of mankind and know that you are able to truly trust Him. You’ll also see as the disciples on the road to Emmaus did nearly 2,000 years ago, that the whole book is about the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Put away the excuses and find a reading plan today that will take you through the Bible in a year. There are plenty of them out there and we offer one on our website www.pmiministries.com. Dr. Mike used to posit the question, “What if all of God’s Word that you had access to in eternity was all that you availed yourself to while on earth?” Of course, that isn’t how it works, but what if? How would you do? Don’t put it off any longer. Get started today; you’ll be glad you did.

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