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The Immersion Bible Study Plan (And A Printable)

Yesterday I talked about a few of my resolutions for 2015, which you all know I hold loosely. I told you how I picture entering the New Year as Israel standing on the side of the Jordan river, about to enter the Promised Land—new phases, and new promises to grasp hold of.

If I could encourage you to have one resolution–a lifelong resolution–it would be to study your Bible. If you don’t have a plan, now is the perfect time to begin.

Immersion Bible Study

There are so many great Bible Reading Schedules available online. My friend Kara has a page of resources here..

This year I’m using the Immersion Method outlined here by John MacArthur.  He states:

First, I begin with reading the Bible. That seems obvious, but quite frankly, it’s where many people fail. Too many Christians are content with a second-hand knowledge of Scripture. They read books about the Bible instead of studying the Bible for themselves. Books are good, but collateral reading can never replace the Bible itself.

Studying the Bible is more than reading a passage once and consulting a commentary. That’s studying the ideas of another man. (Although commentaries are super helpful for many things!)  For more info on how to study the Bible accurately, I highly suggest Jen Wilken’s Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds.

The immersion method is about saturating your mind for a season with one particular passage.

Here’s how it goes:

If you want to try this, begin with a short book, such as 1 John, and read it through in one sitting every day for 30 days. At the end of that time, you will know what’s in that book. Write out on index cards the major theme of each chapter. By referring to the cards as you do your daily reading, you’ll begin to remember the content of each chapter. In fact, you’ll develop a visual perception of the book in your mind.

John MacArthur 

I always benefit from this type of study and I know you will too! We use this method on a smaller scale with our teen youth group to get them ready for Bible Quizzing. Also, over the years, I’ve used this method to study books I needed to know more about (Ephesians, James, Philippians, Titus, etc…) and it really has helped me gain a better understanding of each book as a whole.

I’ve decided to read each NT book 10-20X (such a compromiser, I know. Sorry to disappoint, Dr. MacArthur!) from shortest book to longest per this article, “How to Change Your Mind” by Joe Carter (read it! excellent!). I’ve made a PRINTABLE {Immersion Bible Reading Plan}to stick in my Bible to help me keep track. Feel free to use.

It may take you well over a year, maybe even 2 or 3 years, especially if you have little kids. If the thought of committing to the entire NT is overwhelming, choose a book and start there. Something is always better than nothing. I know how easy it is to become overwhelmed. Take it in small chunks.

Your turn: Did you choose a reading schedule? What’s worked for you? What advice would you give to younger moms who don’t have chunks of time but want to get into God’s word?