2021 Year In Review
Throughout 2021, we covered a lot of ground through the Bible Reading Plan. If you followed along with us this entire year, we read through 14 books (including all 150 chapters of Psalms!) in their entirety. Here is the breakdown of this year:
- We read 307 chapters (we split Psalm 119 into 6 days).
- Out of those 307 chapters, 250 (81%) were in the Old Testament spread out over 7 different books.
- The other 57 chapters NT (19%) were in the New Testament spread out over 7 different books.
- We read the longest (Psalm 119) and shortest (Psalm 117) chapters in the Bible.
- We read from five different categories of Scripture. We read historical books (1 & 2 Samuel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther), poetical books (Psalms and Ecclesiastes), gospel accounts (Luke), Paul’s letters (Romans and 1 & 2 Timothy), and John’s epistles (1, 2, & 3 John).
This year we experienced the full range of human emotion by reading through Psalms. We read cautionary tales of what happens when you disobey God’s commands throughout the Old Testament. We saw God working through all the details in the book of Esther (even without the mention of his name anywhere in the book). We saw that everything under the sun is meaningless thanks to Solomon’s words in Ecclesiastes. 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.
We launched the BRP on March 28, 2020, during the early stages of COVID to keep the body engaged during a difficult season. Since then, we have read 511 chapters (43%) of the Bible. On January 1, 2022, we will have 678 chapters to go!
We are looking forward to 2022 and the books we are going to read together! We’ll have another Old Testament heavy year. Remember: When we understand the story of the Old Testament better, we understand the story of Jesus better.
As you reflect on what you read and learned in 2021, answer the following questions:
- Was there a psalm that resonated with you most this year? Which one was it? Why do you think that one comes to mind?
- Which character or story in scripture that we read this year sticks out the most?
- What did you learn about God’s Word in 2021 that you didn’t previously know?
- If you were to summarize what God taught you this year into a word or phrase, what would it be?
- What is your prayer for 2022? What do you hope God teaches you in this upcoming year?
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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