Family of Christ,
I want to commend to you the use of a Calendar of Bible Readings (several are provided below), mostly because it will get you into the Scriptures on a consistent basis, or rather ―it will get the Scriptures into you! Anyone familiar with the Bible knows how important God’s Word is, for it is God’s ordained means to bring salvation to us, and then to grow us up in our most holy faith. In some mysterious way, God meets with us through His Spirit as we attend to His Word; and in meeting God this way, we are transformed into the glorious image of His Son.
Below you will find an exhortation from George Whitefield urging you to study the Scriptures diligently. He shares, as well, how we should do it to gain the most benefit. Following his words are the reading plans. The first, the M’Cheyne’s calendar, is the most robust. It takes you through the OT one time and the NT and Psalms two times. (If you’re a bit pressed for time you can omit the 4th column and still read through the whole Bible one time.) The second plan is a chronological plan which takes you through the Bible according to its historic context. Such an approach helps you to understand where the prophets fit in as well as provides a harmony of the gospels.
No matter what plan you choose to follow it is my hope that God will richly use the reading of His Word to bring you to know Christ and reflect His image more fully.
New this year, are plans for our elementary children. The Primary plan is for children in grades 1-3 and encourages children to read around 5 verses a day. The intermediate plan is for children in grades 4-6 and encourages children to read around 15 verses a day. Both plans follow a topical approach to reading – each month has a different topic to follow biblically. Wouldn’t it be a great gift to get your child started reading their Bible regularly!
Also included in the back of the booklet is the New City Catechism. This catechism was recently developed by Pastor Tim Keller and promoted by the Gospel Coalition. Through the centuries catechisms have been used to root God’s people in the truths of their faith. Through a simple Q&A format, participants learned the basics of their faith which are essential for productive living in God’s Kingdom.
The New City Catechism has 52 questions. It is intended that one question be learned (memorized) each week (thus 52 questions). The answers have a highlighted portion (shortened) especially suited for children/youth. Thus, families can learn the catechism together, each at their own level. You can learn more about the catechism and utilize available apps by visiting their website. It is my hope that this tool will be used of God to build you up in Christ!
By His grace,
Download these resources:
Written by Ron Elwardt - Website
Ron Elwardt moved to Phoenix from Wisconsin (Go Packers! Go Badgers!) with his wife Ruth and daughters Megan and Becca in 1989. Recently celebrating his 25th year of ministry at Camelback Bible Church, Pastor Ron currently serves as Pastor of Families and Children. “That I may know Him [Christ] and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering, being conformed to His death.” – Philippians 3:10