I’ve spent several hours mulling over what I should study personally from God’s Word and other resources for 2010. Perhaps the biggest challenge for me in 2010 will be to give 10% of my time throughout every day in personal study and reflection. It’s a challenge I’m imposing on myself because I feel the pull of distraction from various aspects of my life. If I am to be effective in my ministry, family and as an individual, I feel that I must commit this time to my personal relationship with God.
Here’s what I intend to do:
- Study (Mondays-Fridays): Translate, exegete and produce practical application from:
- Matthew 5, 6 & 7
- Romans 12
- Colossians 3
- Daily Scripture Reading (Sunday-Saturday) – Read a Psalm & chapter from Proverbs daily; restarting each book as required. I will also follow the reading plan laid out by Calvary Baptist Church.
- Memorization (Mondays-Fridays): Matthew 5-7
- Daily Prayer: personal, familial, and ministry related
- Reading (Mondays-Fridays): A variety of theological, contemporary Christian and Puritan works. This is necessitated by clearing my “reading shelf” of books I did not read or finish last year.
This revamping of my personal study time was driven, in part, by two blog posts: one from James MacDonald and the other by Kevin DeYoung being interviewed by C J Mahaney. Here are the links to the Mahaney interview: part one and part two; I’ll summarize MacDonald’s thoughts below:
How to Benefit from the Bible:
- Read it! Spend at least 15 minutes a day reading God’s Word
- Question it!
- What portion of my reading stands out to me?
- Why does this part have my attention?
- Is there an example for me to follow?
- Is there an error for me to avoid?
- Is there a duty for me to perform?
- Is there any promise for me to claim?
- Is there any sin that I should confess?
- Plan it! Make a plan of action.
- Pray it!
- Share it! (Hebrews 10:24; Isaiah 40:8)