Christians talk of being “People of the Book.” John Wesley claimed to be Homo unius libri – a man of one book. For Wesley the one book was the Bible.
If we are to actually be people of the Book, or if we are to actually live by the Book, then we will need to read the Book. Each professing Christian will need to establish the discipline of daily Bible reading (or in our day, daily Bible listening). Personally, I would encourage every Christian to read through the entire Bible every year. If we are to live by the Book, then we need to live by all of the Book.
There are a couple of different things that can be done in order to accomplish the task of reading through the Bible in a year. For instance, there are many Bible reading plans available. At our church, we provide these plans in our information hallway. Other plans can be found on the internet.
Personally, I read straight through books of the Bible. When I finish a particular book, I choose one of the other books which I have not yet read this year. Then I plan to read 4 chapters each day. Every day of the week. I know that there will be days when I will read less. But I also know there will be days when I will read more. My goal and purpose is simply to read through the Word of God allowing that Word to shape my thoughts and ultimately my desires and actions.
For anyone who has not actually developed a good Bible reading habit, I would recommend reading through the New Testament in a year. Because if you will read 1 chapter each day, you can read the New Testament in 9 months-time.
Christians who live by the Book, must first be Christians who read the Book.