I Read the New Testament for Lent. Now What?!

I remember the first race that I ran as a first grader. When I got to the end of the mile fun run and crossed the finished line, I was a little disoriented. Where do I go now? Where are my parents? Do I just sit down? Walk back to the beginning? Do I get a medal?

Many of you have recently completed the #LentChallenge and read through the entire New Testament over the past seven weeks.  Perhaps you are feeling a similar level of disorientation. What do I read now? Where do I turn? Will someone do it with me? Here are some ideas.

Review what you’ve read. If you are a highlighter, underliner, margin note-taker, or journal keeper, take a day to go back through you Bibles and take note of the things that jumped out at you.

Take note of what you’ve learned. Carve out some time to summarize and write down the 2-3 top things you learned about God and yourself.

Keep reading! What next? Here are some great tools to help you:

  • YouVersion has dozens of reading plans available to you. Download the app, pick a plan that sounds interesting, and start a new adventure!
  • For those of you who attend National Community Church, check out our Traction reading plan.
  • Read a chapter of Proverbs each day. You will read through the whole book in a month.
  • Read 5 Psalms a day. You will read through the whole book in a month.
  • Read through the Old Testament between now and the end of the year. If you read between 4-5 chapters a day, you will get through the whole thing. I am working on a chronological plan that I will post later this week.

April 22, 2014 [ Tags: , , ] 2 Comments

2 Responses to I Read the New Testament for Lent. Now What?!

  1. Sarah says:

    I felt this exact way yesterday. Thanks for addressing this. Feel like I am supposed to camp out in Acts and reread and reread and study it deeply for awhile. Thanks for all the coaching and summarizing you did as we progressed through the challenge!

  2. Korihor says:

    Highlights from the New Testament:

    “Slaves, obey your masters.” -Colossians 3:22

    “Slaves, obey your masters.” -Ephesians 6:5

    What does one read after the New Testament? Answer: The next books in the series. Read the Koran, then comes the Book of Mormon, then the Doctrine & Covenants/Pearl of Great Price. I’m assuming you’ve read the Old Testament all the way through too. The Quran is the only book I haven’t read in the Abrahamic series of books. The Old Testament is by far the best so far, but that’s not saying much. The “His Dark Materials” trilogy is much better. Even the Narnia series is better than the Abrahamic series.

    I know most of you have probably read the Screwtape Letters. But has anybody on here read “Praise of Folly” by Erasmus? It’s on my to-read list.

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