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Pro's and Con's of 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 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. -- 2 Timothy 3:14-17 (ESV)

I love trying to tackle a new challenge (most of them anyway). At the beginning of 2014, I decided to attempt reading through the Bible in just 90 days. On March 30 (Day #89), I finished reading Revelation 22, the last chapter in the Bible. Currently, I am returning to a few chapters a day pace and reflecting on the lessons I learned during this 90 Day Challenge:

Cons: (Hard to say anything is a "con" about reading Scripture, but these are a few things I didn't exactly like about the challenge.)
1) Reading through the Bible in 90 days requires a very fast, intense pace that definitely did not allow me to focus on many details.
2) The 90 Day Reading was challenging. It required 30+ minutes EVERY day, and that forced a re-arranging of my schedule. This was not easy or comfortable.

1) By reading entire Bible books in a single sitting, I noticed some things like a particular Bible book's tendency and theme because of its repetition of certain words or phrases. I know better how each of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are different even though they have cover similar events. I now know (or think I do anyway) what exactly are the themes of books like Judges or 1 Samuel. (By the way, it's not in their name: Judges isn't primarily about judges, and 1 Samuel isn't primarily about Samuel.)
2) It forced a re-arranging of my schedule. I know. I listed this under the "con's". But it is also a pro. My schedule needed a makeover. It is so easy to slip into lazy, wasteful habits. While I don't think it is wrong, to watch some TV and "veg out" sometimes. I was amazed at how often this Bible reading thing forced me to abandon some really amazing habits I had accumulated like: web browsing with TV on for 2-3 hours every evening without the slightest idea afterward what I really saw on either the TV or the internet.

Bottom line: The 90 Day challenge was hard, but definitely worth it.

I'm now looking for my next challenge. Drop me an email and let me know what spiritual challenge you think I should try next, or tell me about what you are currently attempting.

--Matt Gregory (Lead Pastor @ Soul Purpose Community Church)


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