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The Discipleship Journal Reading Plan
If Christians need to "be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15), it holds doubly true for the pastor who must help church members face real-life issues and coach believers to live biblically. And if it holds true for pastors, it is especially true for evangelists, who must do the same for the general public.
The issues faced by those who are new to the Seventh-day Adventist church cover the entire range of human experience, and most will need more than human wisdom. New and up-and-coming believers need access to someone who knows where to find answers in the scriptures.
A good Bible reading plan is essential for evangelists - one that keeps you reading broadly and consistently. I used to keep a three-ring binder on my desk that had blank pages assigned to each of our 28 fundamental beliefs. There were additional pages for other major Bible doctrines, such as prayer, marriage, etc. As I read the Bible each morning, I made note of any passages that shed light on any of these topics and jotted them down. After a while, that binder became my personal Bible concordance - and it was astounding how often something that was recently added to my notes became someone's scriptural hope, often within days.
Of course, I now keep such records electronically, and the physical notebook has been retired. (You'll find a great digital note-taking tool here.)
To build a personal concordance, you need to be systematic in your reading, and I have found no better Bible reading plan than the one offered by NavPress: the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan. It goes through the entire Bible over the course of a year, as with many other reading plans, but with a difference: it takes you through four different sections of the Bible each day. You'll read two selections from the Old Testament and two sections from the New each day. It allows for some flexibility; if you happen to miss the occasional day, you'll still finish within the year.
Because the passages seem to be somewhat topically related (not always, but often), it provides a great opportunity to enrich your biblical knowledge base and develop a personal preaching/study concordance.
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