Welcome to RTB 2019, a place to read through the Bible in the year 2019 and stay in contact with others who are doing the same thing and have a little hand-holding as you go.
Some of my local friends know that I’ve been teaching through the Bible chronologically for many years. My goal was to help you sort out all that confusing timeline stuff so that when you read the Bible, especially the Old Testament, you have an understanding of where you are, when you are, and what was going on in the world at that time.
In 2017 I decided to do a trial run of a read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year discussion group that met every week to discuss what we read as we followed a reading schedule using the traditional book by book order. Have I mentioned that “book by book order” does not flow chronologically? Nope – the books are grouped into sections, but they don’t always flow in the order that the events happened. So to help us along, I wrote a weekly reading guide with three sections: What’s Going On? When and Where Are We? And Who’s Who? This was a one page handout that gave you just a little head’s up about things I thought you might want to know at the beginning of each week’s assigned reading to help you keep your bearings. The trial run turned out to be a success for those who finished.
I have decided to go ahead and make those weekly notes available here on the blog so that even if you start but get behind, you can still follow along at your own pace. It also will make it easier for someone who wants to start after Jan 1st but still have a guide to lead you through. I’ll post those notes each week here on the blog and I hope you will use the comments section to stay in touch while you are on your own reading journey or if you aren’t able to meet with us in person. Maybe you could even host a discussion group of your own with friends or church groups using the notes as a guide?
It doesn’t matter to me how you use this information as long as it does what I always imagined it might do. If it helps you to Read THE Book, then I’m happy to know I’ve made it a little easier. Soon, I’ll have available the reading schedule, the group guidelines, and the discussion group information as I spend the next few weeks reformatting the blog to make that information easy to access.
Want to be part of the local discussion group? Right now I have one group that will meet in Scottsboro, AL at the First Methodist Church on Sunday nights at 6:00 PM. I’m working on forming a Guntersville group as well so let me know if you are interested.
And of course, I’ll be having several workshops throughout the year that give the overview of the whole Bible, known as “THE Bible Story” Workshops. I’ll announce the information about these workshops as soon as I have the dates set. I encourage anyone local to try to come to this workshop as it will really help you get all the chronology sorted out. You’ll even make your own timeline showing the major people and events from Genesis to Revelation and that will come in handy as you are reading.
It is my prayer that anyone who is thinking about making a New Year’s Resolution to read through the Bible in 2019 will join with me and let’s make a commitment to each other to do it together! It seems like everything is just a little easier when you have friends who can share the same experience with you. The reading schedule will begin on January 1, 2019 and I’ll have all the information you need well before that, so keep checking back as I post new information here.
Let’s Do This!