Dan Edelen Offers An Interesting Take on Getting Back to the Bible

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Dan’s post is pretty challenging. He says we should replace sermons for simply reading the text until we read through the whole new Testament one book each week. See what you think…Five steps to transform your church

There are a few great things about this process. First, God’s word is heard in all of its splendor. Second, this opens up a huge amount of time for the preacher to spend time doing some other things that probably needed to get done but never saw the light of day due to lack of time. Third, people will have been through the entire New Testament at least one time. Fourth, this shows we are just this serious about hearing the Word of God.

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  1. Matt,
    I looked at the post you reference and like it very much. I left the following as a comment over there:

    A great post! (I also read your reading plan linked to above, and liked it as well.)
    I have used both straight-through and book-concentrated approaches profitably. Currently I am using a modified straight-through: The Old Testament in a year (except for Psalms/Proverbs, monthly) and the New Testament each quarter. I am not reading the gospels consecutively, though. I read one, then go to something else for a time – Luke-Acts plus James; Matthew, Romans, 1 Corinthians; etc. This way I am constantly moving in and out of the gospels. I am finding that reading in different parts of the Scripture concurrently helps establishing links & relationships between the different parts of the Scripture. I elected to do Psalms/Proverbs monthly because I feel weak in those areas. Spending more time in these two books is helping my devotional life as well as the practical living in Proverbs!
    Yet, the book centered approach helps as well. I remember one period of several months where I read each of the Pastoral Epistles twice each week. The flow of Paul’s instructions to young preachers really made a difference in my life and understanding of my task as a minister of the gospel.
    Again, a great post! I agree that sermons are overrated. The word “preach” in the Scriptures does not carry the idea of an oration – though it can include that. For example, in Acts 20:7 when it says Paul preached to them, the word Luke used is the root word for “dialog.” He “dialoged with them.” That certainly puts a different twist on preaching, doesn’t it?

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