Paul writes that: “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the person of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Notice Paul says all scripture. If all of the Bible is inspired by God, then all of it can speak to us today.
That is, if we take the time to read it!
Yet do we?
SACRED aims to help us read the whole Bible. It stands for ‘simply a chapter read each day’, and that’s what you do.
One chapter of the Bible is read every day for 30 days each month. This means that seven months of the year will include a rest day, while in February you will need to read a double portion on one or two days.In this way the whole book is covered over 40 months. This is a long time, but if you really want to get to grips with God’s Word – all of it – you need to be prepared to take your time.Individual books of the Bible are read from start to finish with the exception of the Psalms which are spread out over the 40 months.In this way, you are able to really engage with what each book is saying.
Variety is maintained by moving between the Old and New Testaments regularly, and by separating out similar genres of literature. In fact, SACRED begins with Mark’s Gospel and ends with John’s, so it starts and finishes with the story of Jesus.
In addition, each day there is a page of accompanying notes. These aren’t meant to be a detailed commentary, but a help to encourage you to keep going. So, the notes might offer theological explanations for what you’ve read, connections with other parts of the Bible, stories and illustrations, as well as some life application ideas helpful for personal reflection.
Remember, though, the main objective is to immerse yourself in God’s word,
and see what he may be saying to you through it.
SACRED Discussion Groups
SACRED seems to work best when people also come to a monthly group to discuss the previous month’s readings: what’s stood out, what’s inspired them, what’s challenged them. Learning from each other’s experiences is helpful in the journey of discipleship. A Saturday morning group that begins with breakfast works especially well.