Where do I start?

Figuring out where to start in your journey through Scripture reading can be a little intimidating at times. We want to partner with you in your journey and provide for you proven reading plans that are about more than just gathering information – they are about transformation. 

Below, you will find a specific reading plan to get started if this is your first time. It’s a 12-day reading plan to help you get your feet wet. If you’re ready to dive in head first, check out the links to resources at the bottom of the page. 

12-Day Reading Plan

*This reading plan was taken from the book "You've Chosen to Follow Christ. What's Your Next Step?" as published by Creative Pastors.

Here are a few simple questions we can ask to help us live out what we’re learning:

  • What can I learn from this Scripture about God and people?
  • How can I live this out in my life?
  • What do I need to pray for?

Ask these questions as you read these passages of Scripture from the life of Jesus.

Birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-21)

Jesus’ miraculous birth was a fulfillment of prophecy and a reminder that God loved us enough to come to us so we could have a relationship with him.

Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17)

Jesus was baptized to mark the beginning of his ministry. When we are baptized, it represents the beginning of our relationship with God. It’s our first step of obedience and a symbol of death, burial, and resurrection of Christ that made our relationship possible. 

Temptation of Jesus (Luke 4:1-13)

Jesus faced the same temptations we face, but stood up against them by focusing on the truth of scripture and relying on the strength of the Holy Spirit within him. A relationship with God gives us access to the same resources. 

Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-20)

When God speaks to our heart, it’s like a seed planted in soil. The condition of our heart determines how much growth will happen.

Jesus Prays (Luke 11:1-13)

Prayer is one of the primary ways we communicate with God. It helps us to align our plans and perspective with his. Don’t be afraid to share your needs and concerns because he cares for you. 

Woman at the Well (John 4:1-30)

When Jesus encountered the woman at the well, her thirst was satisfied, her life was changed, and she immediately began to invite others to come meet Jesus. Be willing to share your story and invite others to experience what you have experienced. 

Holy Spirit (John 16-27)

When we receive Christ and our relationship with him begins, the Holy Spirit comes to be our counselor and teacher. 

 

Ultimate Servant (Matthew 20:20-28)

If we want to follow Christ’s example, then we need to serve as he served. Find a place to serve within the church and watch how God uses your gifts to impact the lives of others!

The Last Supper (Matthew 26:17-35)

Jesus celebrated Passover with his disciples. Even he, the perfect leader, had people who turned against him. Don’t be discouraged if some people don’t understand your relationship with Christ!

The Crucifixion of Jesus (Luke 23:26-56)

Jesus’ death was the ultimate expression of his love. His sacrifice provided forgiveness for our sin and paved the way for us to have a relationship with him. 

The Resurrection of Jesus (Luke 24:1-49)

Jesus’ resurrection was final evidence that he was truly the Savior of the World. The power of God that raised him from the dead is the same power that is at work in you.

The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20)

Jesus’ last recorded words to his disciples were a challenge to go throughout the world and share their story. This small group of people changed the world with their boldness and commitment to tell others about Christ!

Resources

Read through Scripture in 91 Weeks with daily reading commentary with Dr. John Soper, a former pastor, church-planter, missionary, professor, District Superintendent, and Vice President for Church Ministries with the Christian & Missionary Alliance. This is a great way to dive deep into the Word each day with the support of a great community of believers. 

Looking for a daily devotion with Scripture reading? Our Daily Bread is a trusted source for devotionals no matter what stage of life in which you find yourself. Download the app for easy access or order the printed version to be delivered to your home each season. 

Get the Bible on your phone with The Bible App by YouVersion. Offering Bible reading plans, devotions, and daily scripture graphics, this is a great way to carry the Bible with you and have access to devotions and a thriving online community.

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