It is has been said that “the gospel brings man to God, devotions keep him close to God.” God’s word clearly advocates, that as believer’s, we ought to draw near to Him daily in prayer and study of His word. It should be our desire as Christian’s to daily surrender our will and forfeit our desires in exchange for what God would have for us. Part of this exchange involves training to build endurance so that we might live righteously in Him.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 proclaims that “ALL Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. This proclamation is a call for all believer’s to study God’s word in order to know it, live it and use it effectively.
When a runner is training for a marathon, part of the training process is running, that’s right, running every day. Part of our “training in righteousness” in order to be “competent” in the Christian life, has to involve the study of Scripture, and not just on Sunday.
As the book of Hebrews urges us onto Spiritual maturity may it be our desire to “[have] endurance, so that when [we] have done the will of God [we] may receive what is promised.” May we build endurance by training for this race daily.
Perhaps you have never begun a daily study habit, or maybe you have just neglected the privilege recently; we want to be a help. Here are some resources to encourage you this new year to make studying God’s Word a priority in your walk with Him.
Bible Reading Schedules
Bible in One Year– In just 15 minutes a day you can read the entire Bible in 1 year.
Bible in 90 days– Read about 12 pages a day and you can read the entire Bible in just 90 days.
Bible in One Year– An easy to follow guide to reading the Bible one book at a time.
Bible in One Year– Old/New Testament daily
Historical/Chronological Bible in One Year
Free Online Bible Study Tools
Introductions– Studying a specific book of the Bible? Find detailed introductory information about it here.
Study Tools– Need a commentary, multiple translations or perhaps the Greek?
Study Guides– Many of John MacArthur’s study guides available here.
Questions?– Studying a specific passage and you have a question? Perhaps you may find an answer here.
Free Online Daily Devotionals
Our Daily Bread-Regular Baptist Press
In-Touch Studies– Charles Stanley
Insight for Today– Chuck Swindoll
Truth for Life– Alistair Begg
Audio Minute– Max Lucado
Morning and Evening– Charles Spurgeon
Men of the Bible– A One Year Devotional Study of Men in Scripture
Free Daily Devotionals for the Family
Family Daily– Josh MacDowell
Family Love on which to Build– Dr. James Dobson
Marriage Talk– Dr. James Dobson
Living Love (For Couples)-Dr. Gary Chapman
Two Minute Drill (For Men)-Coach Joe Gibbs
Encouragement for Today (For Women)- Proverbs31.org
Parent Talk– Dr. James Dobson
Youth Daily– Josh MacDowell
Axis – resource for parents to decipher today’s world as seen by your teenager
Master’s Plan Class
9th Grade Required Reading: Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper (every student), Created for Work by Bob Schultz (guys), Secret Keeper by Dannah Gresh (girls)
10th Grade Required Reading: More Than Money by Larry Burket (every student), The Measure of a Man by Gene Getz (guys), And the Bride Wore White by Dannah Gresh (girls)
11th Grade Required Reading: Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung (every student), The Four Pillars of a Man’s Heart by Stu Weber (guys), Lies Young Women Believe by Dannah Gresh (girls)
12th Grade Required Reading: Love Your God With All Your Mind by J.P. Moreland, The Leap: Launching Your Full-Time Career in our Part-Time Economy by Robert Dickie