Why I'm Reading Through the Bible, Part I

If you've ever walked into the theater on Sunday and wondered, "How did all of this come together logistically?" then allow us to introduce you to Andrew Caudill.  He's the one that opens and closes things at Newport when Pastor Peter is gone.  He has a deep love for Jesus, and God has gifted him with a mastery of efficiency (among the set-up team he's affectionately known as "The Caudill-Bot"). Andrew has some great perspective to share with us this week that we'll be sharing in a couple of posts. 

Reading the Bible Chronologically.  When I read my Bible, I sometimes forget that 66 books within were written by more than 40 authors over 1400 years. It's been helpful to me Reading through the Bible Chronologically is different than other reading plans for several reasons. It seeks to present the Bible in a chronological order of how God revealed Himself.  It doesn't seek diversity in reading. For example, you don't have some Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs every day. Second, it isn't just reading through the Bible in the order the books appear. Instead, the design for this reading plan is to highlight the grand plan of God: reading through progressive revelation as it was revealed to man.

See God act, as He acted.  As American Christians we sometimes take for granted all that we know today. We are a very privileged people not only because we have a full canon, but we have had much time to study it. Consider some of the saints of old, - like Job, or David! They did not have the vast majority of revelation that we take for granted today, but still walked even closer with God than many of us choose to.

God didn't just reveal Himself all at once. History reveals a continual unveiling of God in how He works with His people. Often, we miss this when we study His word. There are covenants that build upon each other, men who live in light of those before them, and believers who react to the teaching thus given to them.

If you want to understand much of the significance of the New Testament, you must know the foundation on which it very intentionally builds upon. In fact, you will see some very common themes as you study: A Sovereign God who does whatever He pleases (raising up men and putting others down), and a rebellious human race seeking their own will, not realizing they are heading for judgment (and would receive the full brunt of it if not for the promise and intervention of the God they so hate). God constantly is building covenants with His people, promising a Savior and even a new heart (as revealed in the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31 and Ezekiel 36-37).

We were made to worship.  One of the most enriching aspects to reading through the Bible in this manner is it gives a far deeper understanding of how to worship by bringing the psalms to light. The Psalms are read in the context of where they were written, which shows us how David worshiped while being hunted by Saul, vs. how David worshiped the day he was crowned King. Do you want to know how you should reply when it feels like everyone is against you in life? This will show you. How should you respond the day when it feels like you are on top of the world? Yep, the Psalms show that. When your son rebels against you and wants to kill you? We can look at how David chose to worship, and learn the man after God’s own heart.

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