As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby. —1 Peter 2:2

Christians need Scripture for life and godliness. Many believers think of the Bible primarily as a means of inspiration, but we learn that it’s a necessary source of nourishment, knowledge, and wisdom – every word inspired and preserved by the Holy Spirit (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

The author of Hebrews says “the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4:11-12).  While we may think in terms of reading the Bible, it is Scripture that reads us, revealing who we are and how we need to grow in faithfulness to Christ.

In order to know who we are, we have to read the Bible regularly.  Often, we don’t remember what we ate for lunch a week ago. This doesn’t mean the meal didn’t count or have its intended effect to nourish and sustain us and satisfy our hunger. So it is with reading the Bible. God uses His living word to teach and change us over time.

We recommend a Bible reading plan to work through all of Scripture on a regular basis. The Bible Reading Challenge covers both the Old and New Testaments from September to June, and the New Testament again in the summer.  If that pace is too fast, the M’Cheyne Plan or other Bible In A Year plans (like this one) are also very good. The key is to aim to read daily and consistently, even for a few minutes, and by faith see your heart and life transformed by His Word!

Download this year’s To the Word Bible Reading Challenge schedule here.