Now we have finished reading the gospels, our New Testament readings turn to the Psalms (that’s right, and this is not an April Fool!). Our OT readings are now in Leviticus. The next couple of months will present more of a challenge as we try to keep a balanced old/new testament perspective.
A few points on my mind…in no particular order.
1. KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE GROUP
Please consider dropping me an email if you haven’t done so already just to confirm that you are still with us (even if you’ve fallen behind). It encourages me to know how you’re doing, and in turn I can encourage others who might be struggling with any aspect of the plan.
2. REMEMBER TO KEEP ASKING QUESTIONS.
There are certain important questions which arise when reading the current books, and when they go unasked and unanswered, it can make the daily readings more difficult and dry. Use the blog, reading partners, housegroups, or whatever methods you can to ask questions. This is not an exercise in pure stamina: our aim is fruitful devotional times. Find whatever resources you can to support it and make more sense of what you’re reading. Consider re-reading the blog introductions every so often.
3. CATCHING UP
If you have fallen behind I suggest you take note of where you were, and read the first few chapters of Leviticus today. Then tomorrow (1st April) start the Psalms, and Leviticus 4. Since we are at the start of two new books at the same time, it makes sense to use this as a catch-up. But only if it helps motivate you!
4. PSALMS INTRODUCTION
Tomorrow, I will post an introduction to the Psalms. It has been prepared by B2Y’er Paul Maxfield. This will help us to understand better the context of the Psalms, how their literary style is quite different from other books we read, who wrote them and over what time period. It will also address questions concerning some Psalms seeming vindictive, triumphalist or promoting some other attitudes condemned as sinful elsewhere in Scripture.
Remember these times of bible study are there for you to approach not just God’s words, but God Himself. He has made personal relationship with Himself possible through His son Jesus. Pray in these devotional times because God is waiting for you.
5. CHECK THE READINGS PLAN
Note that some days involve reading two shorter chapters (or Psalms). Remember to keep an eye on what you should be reading each day from the daily plan.
Please be affirmed and encouraged as you continue with us into these new and challenging sections of the bible. I remember being greatly encouraged by what I got out of these books the first time I did B2Y. I’m praying that will be the same for all you guys!
Over the next week or so I’ll be posting the Psalms intro and also a recap of some of the points that came up at the meeting last week. Bet you can’t wait, eh? 🙂