Reading God’s word is essential to building a closer relationship with him.

The beginning of a new year is a great time to start a new Bible reading plan. Everyone is unique and there are many different reading plans available, so First Baptist Athens would like to recommend 4 unique plans provided by Lifeway Christian Resources. There is a 90-Day Plan, a 1-Year Plan, a 3-YearPlan and a Chronological Plan. You can click the link below or check with the church welcome center and the January 2019 newsletter.


Additional Bible Reading Plans…

Living by God’s Word is vital for each one of us, but how can we live by it if we do not read it. First Baptist Athens encourages you to have a plan for reading the Bible, God’s Holy Word.  As a corporate body, we will be following the 5x5x5 plan shown below.  You can download and print the plan to tuck in your bible using the links at the bottom of this page.
Additional plans are offered at the end of this page…..

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5 minutes a day –

If you’re not currently reading the Bible, start with 5 minutes a day. This reading plan will take you through all 260 chapters of the New Testament, one chapter per day. The gospels are read throughout the year to keep the story of Jesus fresh all year.

5 days a week –

Determine a time and location to spend 5 minutes a day for 5 days a week. It is best to have a consistent time and a quiet place where you can regularly meet with the Lord.

5 ways to dig deeper –

We must pause in our reading to dig into the Bible. Below are 5 different ways to dig deeper each day. These exercises will encourage medi- tation. We recommend trying a single idea for a week to find what works best for you. Remember to keep a pen and paper ready to capture God’s insights.

1. Underline or highlight key words or phrases in the Bible passage. Use a pen or highlighter to mark new discoveries from the text. Periodically review your markings to see what God is teaching you.

2. Put it into your own words. Read the passage or verse slowly, then rewrite each phrase or sentence using your own words.

3. Ask and answer some questions. Questions unlock new discoveries and meanings. Ask questions about the passage using these words: who, what, why, when, where, or how. Jot down some thoughts on how you would answer these questions.

4. Capture the big idea. God’s Word communicates big ideas. Periodically ask, What’s the big idea in this sentence, paragraph, or chapter?

5. Personalize the meaning. When God speaks to us through the Scriptures, we must respond. A helpful habit is personalizing the Bible through application. Ask: How could my life be different today as I respond to what I’m reading?


Download the 5x5x5 New Testament Plan

  © 2005 by Discipleship  Journal.  All Rights Reserved. The 5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan materials crafted by Bill Mowry. The New Testament  Bible Reading Plan developed  by Mark Bogart and Peter Mayberry. REPRINTS: Permission is granted to reprint unlimited copies of the 5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan for non- commercial use. All copyright information must be retained.   The Word of God is alive and powerful!  It is absolute truth!  Filling your heart with the Word on a daily basis is vital to living the abundant Christian life.  We recommend that you practice a plan for Bible reading.  The following plans may help you.