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If your spiritual fitness plan for 2018 resembles your physical fitness plan, do you think the results will be more favorable or less predictable? This is not a trick question, nor should it be a complicated one.
Every pastor and leader intends on growing each year, but not many have a reasonable plan for doing so. If you do not have a spiritual growth/discipleship plan, you are basically winging it.
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If you want to grow more mature this year, you will need to get serious about reading your Bible consistently. LifeWay’s largest research project identified eight Biblical factors that consistently show up in the life of a maturing believer, the top being Bible engagement. This conclusion was not based on anecdotal evidence, rather it’s the result of asking 7,000 churches and 4,000 individuals about what helps them mature spiritually.
Here are a few suggestions on how to keep growing and reading your Bible throughout the year.
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Find a realistic reading plan.
The most common excuse for not reading the Bible is “I don’t have time.” Since you will unlikely be less busy in 2018 than you were in 2017, find a plan that will challenge you without overwhelming you.
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Last year I used the F-260 reading plan by Replicate Ministries, which is based on five weekly readings of the Bible’s primary passages. For 2018, I have already started using the “Disciple’s Path: The Journey” reading plan created by my friend Matt Morris. It is available on the YouVersion app and is my go-to plan for 2018. Here are four other Bible reading plans ranging from 90 days to 3 years. Last month I wrote a blog post specifically to pastors who often ask about balancing sermon preparation and devotional reading:...
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