Bible Reading Plan

2021 Bible Reading plan

The full reading plan will start Wednesday, Feb 17 (Ash Wednesday)
We encourage you to set your start date to February 17 (see below for instructions), so that we can be connected as a church as we read through the Bible together. We have partnered with the Youversion Bible app and the “Read the Bible for Life 4+1 Plan.”  Below You will find the links to the YouVersion plan and downloadable PDFs.

Kids Reading Plan

If you have children who would like to participate in a Bible reading plan we will have folders available at our Children's Building Desk for our grade school kids which include a year’s worth of scripture readings.  We are asking for your help in encouraging your child to develop a discipline of Bible reading. As our way to encourage reading God’s Word, there will be rewards for consistent reading: a small treat for each week read, a bigger treat for an entire month of reading, and a grand prize for completing the entire year!   Our non- or early readers may read with a parent or sibling.  For all participants, even our independent readers, we encourage discussing the passages together as a family. For our 4th and 5th graders, since the readings are short (typically 1 or 2 verses), one verse each week from the readings should be memorized and repeated to Mrs. Sherrilyn, Mrs. Molly, or Mrs. Charla to receive a reward.

2021 BIBLE READING PLAN

Read The Bible For Life 4+1 Plan On YouVersion

The Plan

Set start date for Feb 17, 2021
In just a little over 300 days you will read through the entire Bible by reading from 4 different places each day. By starting in early February and spending around 13 minutes each day reading the 5 entries for that day, at the end of the year, you will have read the whole Bible and Psalms 2x. The advantage of this type of plan is that you will be exposed to various parts of the Old and New Testaments simultaneously, which will keep your reading fresh and remind you of “the whole counsel of God!” You might also consider including friends on your Youversion plan to add a layer of accountability.  The option is available the first time you start the plan.

If you are not able to start on time you can find what day/date we are on using the pdf and read along and then go back, or just start at day one and re-adjust the dates as you go.

HOW TO GET STARTED READING

The YouVersion Bible App (for smartphones/tablets): https://www.youversion.com/the-bible-app/Read the Bible for life Bible 4 +1 plan on Youversion
https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/9188-read-the-bible-for-life-4-1-plan
If you search for the plan directly through YouVersion (to do this, click the plans button on the bottom of the app), make sure you get the "Bible for Life 4+1 plan."

How to move your plan start date:
https://help.youversion.com/l/en/article/debxvgt2yx-move-plan-start-date
Need more help with YouVersion:  https://help.youversion.com/
 
Sermon Notes:
Did you know we load the sermon notes on YouVersion live?  Search for First McKinney under the live section in your YouVersion app.

How to Study your Bible

Most people believe that personal Bible study is critical for spiritual growth. However, they don’t know how to get started, and they feel overwhelmed. As a result, they decide they need someone else to explain what God’s Word says and miss out on the incredible blessing of hearing God speak directly to them through the Bible. Here is a one way of many that you can use to study your Bible daily: Click for pdf
There are additional resources located on this page to help you grow closer to God in your Bible study.  If you have any additional questions please feel free to email us at info@firstmckinney.com. 

D-Groups

A disciple is someone who lives and loves like Jesus. Our hope is to see each believer in our church body be a disciple-maker. That is someone who is teaching and holding others accountable to hear what God is saying, obeying what he says, and sharing what he says with others.
The Bible points us to this multiplication-mindset (Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 1:17, 2 Tim. 2:2) all throughout its story and our goal is to see the Word of God as the central piece and spiritual discipline to foster a disciple-making culture here at First McKinney.  We feel that is best done through what we call "D-Groups."

Bible Reading RESOURCES

Recommended Books:

  • 30 Days to Understanding the Bible (by Max Anders) Understand in a basic way how the Bible is put together. Awesome foundation for everyone’s personal Bible study. 
  • Living By the Book (by Howard Hendricks)  Gives an inductive approach to studying scripture along with unique procedures for observation that will lead  to rich time with Jesus in His Word.

Additional Bible Reading Plans & Websites:

Get Connected:

There are two ways you can get connected:
LIFE GROUPS
These groups look a lot like the New Testament Church. In these groups, we devote ourselves to what the Bible teaches - to fellowship, to breaking bread and to prayer. We base our teaching on God’s Word and want to invite you to join a Life Group and dive into Scripture with other believers. Click HERE for find out more about Life Groups.

D-GROUPS
Our D-Groups meet together specifically to study scripture with discipleship in mind.
Click HERE to find out for more about D-Groups