10 Reasons to Read the Bible

by | Dec 27, 2019

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You need more Scripture. You need more time reading, listening, praying, applying, and sharing God’s Word. What better day to begin than January 1, 2020? Let me challenge you (and me) to invest more time in the Bible this year.

You can achieve this by:

Completely reading the Bible in a year;


Reading Immanuel’s weekly Scripture reading and sermon text ahead of Sunday morning, and;


Reading the Gospel of John one-on-one with an unbelieving friend. Do this and you will disciple yourself, enhance corporate worship, and evangelize a friend.

Here are three tips for getting started:

Buy a new Bible (digital copy, study Bible, or whatever gets you motivated to read).


Read a new English translation of the Bible (For example, I followed this tip and read the KJV, NKJV, NIV, NRSV, NLT, NET, CSB, ESV, NASB, and CEV).


Use a reading plan for the Bible (try the Through the Bible, M’Cheyne, or chronological plans – or use our church app).

Here are 10 biblical reasons to read the entire Bible in 2020:

Joshua 1:8
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Matthew 4:4
But he answered, “It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

John 6:63
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

John 8:31-32
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 14:23-24
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.

John 17:17
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

Acts 20:32
And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Romans 15:4
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Pastor Michael Wilburn Immanuel Baptist Richmond


Pastor Michael