5 Reasons to Read the New Testament in 30 Days
Together as a church we’re reading the New Testament from Matthew 1 to Revelation 22. It starts this Sunday, January 10. To do this you will need about an hour per day.
So why should you read the New Testament in 30 days? That’s a short amount of time to take in a lot of God’s Word. Here are 5 reasons to read the New Testament in 30 days together with us…
1. The Bible is our spiritual food.
Have you ever felt that your soul was starving? If you’ve been there then you know the feeling. There is nothing else that will feed your soul but the Word of God.
Jesus said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” – Matthew 4:4
Psalm 19:10 says that the Word of God is, “sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.”
We are meant to take in the Word of God, just as we eat all day long. Our souls need it.
2. The Bible is how God primarily speaks to us.
There are other avenues through which God speaks, but they always rest on the revealed truth of the Bible and point us back to the Bible.
Apart from the Bible, how would we know what God is like?
Apart from the Bible, how would we know the way of salvation?
Apart from the Bible, how would we know the will of God?
Apart from the Bible, how would our character be formed?
Apart from the Bible, how will we know how to live and the type of people to be?
3. The Bible brings life to the soul.
Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul”
Often times when we feel far from God, it is because we are ignoring his Word and prayer and fellowship of church. Do you need a spiritual revival? It’s going to start as you dig into the Word of God. Reason 4 will show you why revival will start with us spending more time in the Scriptures.
4. The Bible convicts and corrects us.
2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness”
When I was in college I had a Christian friend who got into some bad sin and stayed there for a couple of months. After he had repented of his sin, he told us in a Bible study one night that he would see his Bible on the shelf every day, but he wouldn’t open it during the time he strayed because he knew if he did that it would convict him of what he was doing. Indeed he was right.
If you are a Christian, you know what sin is. I think many times we leave the Bible on the shelf because of our pride and our sin. We need the conviction of the Lord, and the Bible will bring much conviction to our hearts if we are in sin. Repentance is always where revival begins.
5. The Bible forms our minds to think in God’s way.
Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”
Our minds are constantly being formed by the messages that we receive and the truth we believe. The world’s way of thinking will lead to death. Don’t think physical death, although that is possible. But think about your soul. To follow the way of the world is to die in our souls, and we know this because we have lived it.
Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
May our minds be renewed and our lives transformed as we read the New Testament together over the next 30 days!!