From Garrett Kell on his threefold plan:
First, I plan to read the passage that
will be preached on the next Lord’s Day. If I’m preaching this will be a necessity since I’m hoping to live better than I preach, but if I’m not preaching, I plan to study ahead to get the
most out of the sermon.
Second, I plan to pick one Bible book a
month to study deeply. In January, a friend and I are studying Amos. For the
month we will read and re-read it. We plan to outline it, chart it, and
memorize portions of it. Then in February, I’ll
select another book with a similar approach, though hopefully improved by
January’s attempt. By doing this I’m able to meditate deeply on one book, something
I felt I was missing in other seasons of my life. Some months I may do two
books if they are short (i.e. Haggai, Obadiah, Philemon, 2 and 3 John).
Third, I plan to read other books of the
Bible in one sitting throughout the year. To avoid neglecting other portions of
the Scriptures, I have a list of the books of the Bible in my journal and plan
to regularly step away for an hour or two throughout the year and just read
them straight through.
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Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International. As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.