2022 Year In Review

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Beginning January 1, we’ll be studying the book of Proverbs for the next 31 days. The new year is a great opportunity to invite your friends, families, and Life Groups to read along with you in 2023. 

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2022 Year in Review

We covered a lot of ground in 2022 through the Bible Reading Plan! If you have followed along with us since January, we have read through 21 different books this year (plus different Gospel accounts throughout Holy Week). Here are the books we covered (in order) this year from January 1-December 31:

  • Job
  • Obadiah
  • Hosea
  • Ruth
  • Titus
  • Judges
  • Holy Week readings (primarily in Mark)
  • Ephesians
  • Amos
  • Jonah
  • Micah
  • Lamentations
  • Colossians
  • 1 & 2 Kings
  • Jude
  • Song of Songs
  • 1 & 2 Peter
  • Leviticus 
  • Matthew 
  • Isaiah

Our breakdown this year was 82% Old Testament vs. 18% New Testament. This year we continued to bounce back and forth between the Old and New Testaments, giving us a clearer picture of how each book (and type of literature) points us to the common thread throughout scripture: God had a plan to redeem a broken world through Jesus. 

Some of the books we read were cautionary warnings from prophets that are as applicable to us today as they were to their original audiences. The weighty stories in Job and Judges revealed the brokenness in the world around us. Our New Testament readings gave us eyewitness accounts of Jesus’s time on earth and helped develop our theology of who Jesus was and why the Gospel is good news for us.

In his book A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, author and theologian Eugene Peterson says this about the scriptures:

“No literature is more realistic and honest in facing the harsh facts of life than the Bible. At no time is there the faintest suggestion that the life of faith exempts us from difficulties. What it promises is preservation from all the evil in them. On every page of the Bible there is recognition that faith encounters troubles.”

Hopefully, through our readings this year, you have found that statement to be true and have felt the Bible come alive in new and fresh ways. Even in the chapters that felt hard to read or understand, we can trust that God is still speaking to us today through His inspired Word. 

Before we look ahead to next year, it’s helpful to pause and reflect on what God taught us this year. Think through (and please answer in the comments!) the following questions:

    1. Which character or story in scripture that we read this year sticks out the most? Why?
    2. What did you learn about God’s Word in 2022 that you didn’t previously know?
    3. If you were to summarize what God taught you this year into a word or phrase, what would it be?
    4. What is your prayer for 2023? What do you hope God teaches you in the upcoming year? 

As we look ahead to next year, we’ll begin the year studying the book of Proverbs through the month of January. If this resource has been helpful to you, please share it with others! We want to continue to make it freely available to any individuals, small groups, and churches that may find it to be helpful. 

Whether you have been following along since day one or joined us somewhere along the way, we hope that the BRP has helped you know, understand, and love God’s Word more. It is our hope that the BRP is helpful to you as you grow in your relationship with Jesus.

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6 thoughts on “2022 Year In Review”

  1. The BRP has been incredibly valuable to me and my walk with Christ. Thank you to those who contribute to it. Happy new year!

  2. 1. Who was most impactful to me was Isaiah, the great prophet, because he spoke boldly words of judgement but also words of consolation and hope through the Messiah.
    2. Because of toggling back and forth between the Old and New Testament, I more clearly connected how the redemption story is presented in each book and narrative on the pages of scripture.
    3. God has impressed me to be intentional about reading, internalizing, and living out the truth of his word daily. This rhythm in my life is imperative.
    4. My prayer for 2023 is simple but profound, that I would know Christ more fully and make him known to others.

  3. For me, ever since the beginning in Job, God was proving that I needed this BRP. From hearing my pastor, and others, reference scripture of Job almost exactly where I had just read, gave me reassurance that this tool had a purpose and was of God.
    I tend to love to read the OT more than the NT because it challenges me to understand. I find the history intriguing, yet complicated at times. (The prophets were my fav!) And no doubt, the BRP great commentaries, and thoughts from others, broke them down much easier to apply in every day life.
    The overall plus of having a BRP was being held accountable to God. It has been a personal journey with Him speaking daily into my life each morning, and throughout the day/week. His word forced me to make it applicable into my life. It led me to be brave in some hard decisions, but has given me hope and increased my faith to persevere. It also showed my areas in my life that needed much attention.
    My prayer this next year is that the BRP grows to reach many more needing time with God on an intimate, deeper level. That more readers will comment, and share how it is speaking to them. I loved knowing Ella was going to not disappoint, and give me another women’s view of scripture…then Amy, and others from time to time. I’m not sure if I will be as present in comments, but I will look forward to reading every day with you all.
    Thank you to all who spend time in presenting the commentaries. Can’t wait to read what heart changes this next year brings! 🙏🏻🙌🏻

  4. 1. Ezra in Nehemiah 8 sticks out in that he read God’s Word to the people, it was explained, and the people understood.
    why? At Harris Creek, I see this happening weekly with every sermon.
    2. I knew that Jesus Christ was the “red thread” throughout the Word of God, but I have been seeing that more vividly
    than ever before through the BRP.
    3. Memorize scripture
    4. My prayer is that I can BELIEVE GOD and confess daily what He says about me and thus, be a vibrant example of Christ in
    me to bless people and show them God’s love for them.

  5. I have enjoyed reading the Bible Reading Plan, seeing others comments . The best thing I enjoyed was getting in more detail of the Old Testament as the true road map to our salvation. The Old Testament always scared me…..lol….I was more. New Testament guy. After this years reading I have a whole new desire to read more of God’s plan….I guess it is easier when you know how the story ends. Thank you Harris Creek for providing this great resource and I look forward to the readings in 2023.

  6. 1.Which character or story in scripture that we read this year sticks out the most?
    Why? He ran away from God BUT GOD knew he was the one to be able to tell the people and they believe. The King sent out a proclamation for all to call out to God to spare them and He did. God has a plan, we are a part of that plan. God does not want us to walk as slaves in our old ways but wants us to walk to in freedom with Him.

    2.What did you learn about God’s Word in 2022 that you didn’t previously know?
    I really hadn’t paid much attention to old testament teachings due to thinking that does not apply to my life as I am under the New covenant with Christ. This Bible reading has taught me how intricate in greater depth that I did know my God is was but know more mind blowing as I am learning the “history” intertwined.
    3 .If you were to summarize what God taught you this year into a word or phrase, what would it be?
    4. What is your prayer for 2023? What do you hope God teaches you in the upcoming year?
    Be still, slow down with God, lean in, listen better, love more.

    God thank You for the BRP, thank You for the accountability it has given me. Thank You for continued walking talking and learning more about You and what You want me to be for You. God I rejoice in You!! Thank You for stillness in Jesus name amen
    Happy New Year!!

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