ABOUT THE PLAN
#ReadTheBook is the Bible Reading plan we encourage everyone at Veritas to do together.
We want to be a people of the book. We want to make disciples who love God, love people, and advance the gospel, but that starts with us being disciples ourselves. Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’” We need God’s word more than we need food every day.
We have found that reading the Bible in community with others helps you to actually stick with Bible Reading. We want to encourage you to do this plan with someone (your spouse, your family, your Community Group, a friend, your neighbor, etc.). Read from the plan each day and then talk about what God is teaching you with someone in person, on the phone, through text…even on Facebook.
Let’s #ReadTheBook together.
HOW TO USE THE PLAN
Following this plan will take you through the New Testament once in a year and the Old Testament once every three years. Here’s how the plan works:
New Testament — Read one chapter every weekday (Mon-Fri), by doing this you will read the entire NT in a year.
Old Testament — Read one chapter every weekday and one Psalm each Saturday, by doing this you will read the entire OT in three years.
What if I miss a day? — Our encouragement: Don’t try to play catch up for the days you’ve missed, just join us in reading on the day you’re able to start…or start again.
A SIMPLE TOOL FOR STUDYING THE BIBLE
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#READTHEBOOK INTRO VIDEOS
Genesis means "beginning" so it is appropriately located at the very beginning of the bible. It details creation, the fall of man, and the beginning of God's plan of salvation.
The overarching theme of Exodus is the fulfillment of God’s promises to the patriarchs. The success of the exodus must be credited to the power and purpose of God, who remembers his promises, punishes sin, and forgives the repentant.
The book of Leviticus goes into deeper detail about the divine-human relationship put in place on Mount Sinai (Exodus 19–40). Leviticus assumes that Israel is sinful and impure, and it describes how to deal with sin and impurity so that the holy Lord can dwell among his people.
Numbers tells of Israel’s journey from Mount Sinai to the borders of the promised land. Throughout the book we see the gradual fulfillment of the promises made to Abraham that his descendants would be God's people, and would occupy the land of Canaan. This book shows the reality of God’s presence with the people of Israel. As Israel disobeys, grumbles and complains, God demonstrates his love for them by preparing his people to enter the promised land.
Deuteronomy is largely a sermon, or set of sermons, preached by Moses to all of Israel shortly before his death. It is a motivational sermon, urging Israel’s faithful obedience to the covenant laws given 40 years previously at Sinai (Exodus 19–40).
Joshua records part two of God’s grandest work of redemption in the OT period. In part one (the Pentateuch), the Lord redeemed his people out of slavery in Egypt and formalized his covenantal love for them at Sinai. Moses led the people during that time. Now in part two, under the leadership of Joshua, the Lord brings his people into the Land of Promise and gives them rest.
The theme of Judges is the downward spiral of Israel’s national and spiritual life into chaos and rebellion against God, showing the need for a godly king (17:6; 21:25).
Ruth shows how God’s people can experience his sovereignty, wisdom, and covenant kindness. These often come in hard circumstances and are expressed through the kindness of others.
1 & 2 SAMUEL
The central theme of the books of Samuel is how the Lord established a dynasty (“house”) in Israel for David rather than Saul and how he chose Jerusalem as the place where David’s successor would establish the temple (“house”) for the worship of the divine King Yahweh.
1 & 2 KINGS
The books show that Israel suffers again and again because of its great sinfulness (2 Kings 17:7–23; 24:1–4). Yet there is still hope for the nation, because God’s chosen family of kings has not come to an end (2 Kings 25:27–30), and God remains ready to forgive those who repent (1 Kings 8:22–61).
1 & 2 CHRONICLES
The central theme of Chronicles is God’s covenant with David as the basis of Israel’s life and hope. The Davidic covenant is expressed in two institutions: the monarchy and the temple. These institutions are related (1 Chron. 17:10b–14), and together they represent God’s kingdom in Israel (2 Chron. 13:5, 8). The Davidic covenant does not replace the Mosaic covenant but builds on it for the new age of the monarchy and the temple.
The book of Ezra-Nehemiah encourages the postexilic community toward pure worship and holy behavior. Ezra calls the people back to covenant loyalty and obedience to the Mosaic law. The book rejoices in God’s provision in returning them to the land, rebuilding the temple, and calling his people back to himself. The book also warns against falling away again through sin and against serving other gods. The remnant of Israel should persevere in hope, repent in humility, and live in obedience.
The book of Job was written to those who struggle with the question of how God can be good when the world is filled with suffering. The author does not provide a formal defense of God’s justice. Rather, as Job’s friends offer their inadequate answers, the author shows how their reasoning fails. Then, in chs. 38–41, the Lord speaks in his own defense, bringing Job to fuller understanding (ch. 42). Even during his suffering and confusion, before God finally speaks, Job can triumphantly declare, “I know that my Redeemer lives” (19:25).
The Psalms are a divinely inspired hymnbook written for the people of God so that they might sing in gathered worship of God. Because of Jesus' work we are now a part of God's family which means these songs and prayers are for us as well.
The goal of the book of Proverbs is stated right at the beginning (1:1–7): to describe what wisdom is and to help God’s people become wise. Wisdom is founded in the “fear of the Lord,” and it enables believers to express their faith in the practical details of everyday life.
The theme of Ecclesiastes is the necessity of fearing God in this fallen, confusing world. Each human being wants to understand all the ways God is acting in the world, but he cannot, because he is not God. And yet the faithful do not despair but cling to God, even when they cannot see what God is doing. The Lord deserves his people’s trust. They can leave everything to him while they seek to understand what it means to “fear God and keep his commandments” (12:13). This is true wisdom.
SONG OF SOLOMON
The Song of Solomon contains beautiful poetry expressing romantic love between a young man and a young woman in ancient Israel. He is a shepherd (1:7) and she is a shepherdess (1:8). They are looking forward to their marriage and the pleasure it will bring.
THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW
Matthew tells the story of Jesus of Nazareth, the long-expected Messiah who brought the kingdom of God to earth.
THE GOSPEL OF MARK
The ultimate purpose and theme of Mark’s Gospel is to present and defend Jesus’ universal call to discipleship.
THE GOSPEL OF LUKE
The gospel of Luke is Luke's account of God's plan of salvation through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
The theme of John’s Gospel is that Jesus is the long-awaited, promised Messiah and Son of God. By believing in Jesus, people have eternal life (see John 20:30–31).
The Book of Acts is part two of a two-volume set (Luke/Acts), continuing the story of the gospel of Jesus advancing through his church, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Paul wrote Romans to unite the Jewish and Gentile Christians in Rome in the gospel. Paul longs for the Gentiles to become obedient Christians for the sake of Christ’s name. In the cross of Christ, God judges sin and at the same time shows his saving mercy. The ultimate goal of preaching the gospel is the glory of God.
1 & 2 CORINTHIANS
These are two of the four letters that Paul wrote to the Church in Corinth to address problems that were going on among them and refocus them on the gospel of Jesus.
False teachers have convinced the Galatians that they are required to be circumcised. The result is division within their church (5:15). Paul gives numerous reasons why they should return to the simple truth of the gospel.
Ephesians offers general instruction in the truths of God’s redemptive work in Christ; the unity of the church among diverse peoples; and proper conduct in the church, the home, and the world.
Paul wrote to the Philippians from prison. He had several purposes in mind: to tell them that Epaphroditus had recovered from a serious illness; to encourage them in their faith; to assure them that he was still in good spirits; and to thank them for their continued support.
Paul wrote to the Colossians to warn against this false teaching and to encourage the believers in their growth toward Christian maturity. He emphasizes Christ’s authority over all evil powers. Christians are united with the risen Christ, and therefore they share in his power and authority. Paul also encourages these believers to fight against sin, pursue holiness, and live as distinctively Christian households.
1 & 2 THESSALONIANS
Paul writes these letters to the Thessalonians because he helped plant this church on his missionary journey through Macedonia. These letters are to encourage and strengthen them in their hope in the gospel, and to snuff out some issues that they faced regarding the second coming of Jesus.
1 & 2 TIMOTHY
The theme of 1 Timothy is that the gospel leads to practical, visible change in believers’ lives. The true gospel, in contrast to false teaching, must and will always lead to godliness. In 2 Timothy Paul gives Timothy a bold, clear call to continue in the gospel despite suffering.
he letter’s theme is the unbreakable link between faith and practice, belief and behavior. This truth is the basis for Paul’s criticism of false teaching, his instruction in Christian living, and standards he sets for church leaders.
The theme of Paul’s letter is the power of the gospel to transform individual lives (v. 11) and human relationships (v. 16). Onesimus had experienced that transforming power in his life (“formerly he was useless” but “now he is indeed useful”; v. 11). Paul therefore urged his friend Philemon to form a new relationship with Onesimus, his runaway slave.
Jesus Christ is greater than any angel, priest, or old covenant practice. Christians must not forsake the great salvation that Jesus has brought about. They must hold on by faith to the true rest found in Christ, and they must encourage others in the church to do the same.
Christians must live out their faith. They should be doers, not just hearers, of God’s Word.
1 & 2 PETER
1 & 2 Peter was written to serve as a call to be full of hope to those who persevere in faith while suffering persecution. God’s grace in Christ truly transforms and empowers Christians to live righteously, despite opposition. The indwelling Holy Spirit produces virtuous qualities in followers of Christ. This results in fruitful lives.
1, 2, & 3 JOHN
John calls readers back to the three basics of Christian life: true doctrine, obedient living, and faithful devotion to Jesus.
The church must defend the one true faith (v. 3). Believers must be faithful to the end by resisting false teachers and following the truth.
Revelation unveils the unseen spiritual war in which the church is engaged: the cosmic conflict between God and his Christ on the one hand, and Satan and his evil allies (both demonic and human) on the other. In this conflict, Jesus the Lamb has already won the decisive victory through his sacrificial death, but his church continues to be assaulted by the dragon, in its death-throes, through persecution (the beast), deceptive heresy (the false prophet), and the allure of material affluence and cultural approval (the prostitute). By revealing the spiritual realities behind the church’s trials and temptations, and by affirming the certainty of Christ’s triumph in the new heaven and earth, the visions of Revelation fortify believers to endure suffering. The reader of Revelation is encouraged to stay pure from the defiling enticements of the present world order.