Every pastor and church leader knows the struggle of trying to get their congregation to read the Bible on a daily basis. But what can be done to help? One method that can be used is text messaging. Church leaders can have congregation members sign up to receive daily reminders to read Bible passages in a “read the Bible in year” plan (or any other kind of Bible reading plan).
One idea is to send congregation members daily instructions on what to read; then send a brief quote from a verse in the day’s reading. So if using the previously mentioned Biblica.com reading plan, for example, church leaders can send a text on day 1 saying, “Today, read Genesis 1; Genesis 2:1-17; Matthew 1:1-25; and Psalm 1:1-6” along with an excerpt of a verse from that reading.
To help church leaders out with this, I’ve decided to compile a list of Bible verses from the Biblica.com reading plan for each day. Pastors and ministry leaders can use this list to coincide with the Bible reading plan, or they can simply use the verses from this list to help them send out daily words of encouragement and conviction from the Bible.
Day 1: “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers!” –Psalm 1:1
Day 2: “…sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” –Genesis 4:7
Day 3: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” –Matthew 3:2
Day 4: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” –Proverbs 1:7
Day 5: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” –Matthew 5:3
Day 6: “But let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for joy” –Psalm 5:11
Day 7: “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” –Matthew 5:44
Day 8: “I am God Almighty; walk before Me, and be blameless.” –Genesis 17:1
Day 9: “O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; for the righteous God tries the hearts and minds.” –Psalm 7:9
Day 10: “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” –Matthew 9:13
Day 11: “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!” –Psalm 8:9
Day 12: “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” –Matthew 10:30-31
Day 13: “May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you” –Genesis 28:3
Day 14: “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” –Psalm 9:10
Day 15: “Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen; My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased … in His name the Gentiles will hope.” –Matthew 12:18, 21
Continued in Part 2…
(All Scripture passages taken from the New American Standard Bible. Day numbers coincide with the Biblica.com reading plan.)