Through the Bible in a Year

The YouVersion Bible app on my iPhone is advertising "read through the Bible in a year" programs today. It encouraged me to suggest such a plan to my friends as well.

So …

For those at Rose Creek Village that I know would be interested in a program like me, and for any of you that might find benefit in it, I am going to try to go through a Bible reading program this year and include a short commentary on each day’s reading … right here on this blog.

My plan is to limit each day’s comments to under 1,000 words, preferably closer to 500, and stick to basics.

On the other hand, much of what was basic in the apostles’ churches has been forgotten. If a day’s reading inspires too much commentary, I will add the extra commentary by video, still right here on this blog.

My goal for each day’s commentary is twofold:

  • A simple overview to make the passage easy to understand for even beginning readers.
  • To use this reading as a catechism that will introduce everyone to the basics of the original apostolic faith, as testified to by the writings of the apostles’ churches.

The Plan

I’m going to do the reading plan at an average of roughly 5 chapters per day with weekends off to catch up if necessary. Some days it may be less and some more. We need to average 4.75 chapters per weekday to get through the 1189 chapters of the Bible in the 250 (or so) weekdays of the year.

If I’m going to be commenting, I want to be able to choose the starting and stopping points. That’s why I’m not using some other plan.

We’ll go straight through the Bible, Genesis to Malachi and Matthew through Revelation, but alternating between new and old covenant writings every two or three weeks as we complete a book (or two).

The reading for January 2, the first weekday of the year, is Genesis chapters 1-5. You should decide now whether you want to read the chapters after reading my commentary or before. Since I’m trying to make the passage easy to understand, beginning Bible readers may find it easier to read my commentary first.

Why me?

Why me?

Two reasons.

One, my spiritual gift is teaching, so I’m trying to be faithful and teach. Whether I’m really carrying out my gift spiritually and faithfully is up to you to decide.

Two, most people don’t have time to sift through the writings of the apostles’ churches. I have. I’m familiar with their way of interpreting the Bible and with the things they said the apostles taught them. Hopefully, the result of these commentaries is that you’ll be exposed to the historic Christian faith without having to spend hundreds of hours reading yourself.

For those unfamiliar with "the writings of the apostles’ churches," I’m not talking about some secret set of writings I discovered. I’m talking about the writings that are known to everyone as "the early church fathers."

For doctrinal and practical purposes, the writings that are useful are the "early church fathers" who wrote within 150 years of the death of most of the apostles. Anything later, in my opinion, doesn’t carry a lot of weight as testimony to the apostles’ teaching.

If you’re from RCV and reading this, please spread the word that I’m doing this. It can be used for either devotions or for home schooling.

New Pages on Christian History for Everyman

Off the subject, today I put up pages on Calvinism and the substitutionary atonement.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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