This course will give learners the skills necessary to read the Bible with understanding so the reading is rewarding and leads to personal growth. Short videos with hands-on examples will help students begin the habit of daily Bible reading with journaling. Students will gain practical methods they can apply immediately. Included with this course is a guided, 24-day reading challenge. Students should take this course if they have never read the Bible, or have been frustrated by the inability to make Bible reading a daily habit.
This will give you a high-level overview of course and why I'm passionate about reading the Bible. After this intro you'll be able to say definitively that this course is for you.
Learn three steps you can take to increase your motivation to complete the course. You'll be introduced to the first items on the preparation checklist.
Receive a quick tour of the learning environment and the tools available to help you complete this course.
Print this checklist and complete it as you complete the next lectures.
Be introduced to two of the Bible translations I recommend and an explanation of the differences between them. At the end you'll select the Bible translation that you intend to use in the course.
You'll be introduced to the two formats for Bible reading and select the one that is right for you.
You'll get a tour of YouVersion and learn the six ways it can help you.
Learn the three criteria for selecting a time of day for reading the Bible that will support a more rewarding experience.
Learn two types of journals and decide which you will use during the Bible reading challenge.
Reference materials are sometimes necessary to learn key facts, people, and places. Learn which ones are most helpful.
A supplemental resource guide is attached.
You might not appreciate the value of journalling and its importance for greater understanding and personal growth. Learn six reasons why you should reconsider.
A journal entry is not a diary. There are four parts that lead to better Bible reading. Learn an overview of the journal entry before looking at each of the parts.
How do you decide what to journal on? Prepare yourself to avoid the three most common errors. Witness a sample journal entry begin to take shape.
Learn keys to being better readers and observers. Learn two mistakes to avoid. You'll see the next section of our sample journal entry take shape.
Bible reading without an application never results in personal growth. Three tips will help you make your journal hit home.
A journal entry gives you direction and prayer gives you the support to make some of the most important steps in your life.
When doubt creeps in it can be difficult to continue. These three tips will help you deal with doubt.
No one is perfect. Prepare yourself for when you miss a day in your 24-day reading challenge.
The Gospel of Luke has five distinctives that make this worth your time.
Read Luke 1
Read Luke 2
Here are a few tips for selecting your next reading challenge.
For 15 years I've read the Bible daily. I serve at River City Community Church in Selma, Texas. I have a Masters of Divinity with a focus on Transformational Leadership. I also have a MA in Marriage and Family Counseling. I'm an alumni of the United States Air Force Academy, class of 1999. My passion is to challenge people to develop spiritually in church, group, and individual settings. I love seeing faith impact real life. Crossfit enthusiast.