How Can I Keep My Resolution to Read the Bible Daily? (1 of 2) by Jonathan McLeod

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How Can I Keep My Resolution to Read the Bible Daily? (1 of 2)
Series: Resolutions
Jonathan McLeod
2 Timothy 2:15; 3:10-17

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17).


In 2 Timothy, the apostle Paul acts as a mentor to a young pastor named Timothy. In 2:15 and 3:10-17, Paul gives Timothy counsel regarding his treatment of the Scriptures.

[Read 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:10-17.]


This is the time of year when people make New Year's resolutions. [Talk about some common resolutions.] Unfortunately, most people don't keep their resolutions.

A common New Year's resolution for Christians is to read the Bible more regularly. How can we be more successful in keeping our resolution to read the Bible daily?


If we are to keep our resolution to daily read the Bible, we must do two things.

1. We must have a HIGH VIEW of the Bible.

Paul writes, ''All Scripture is breathed out by God'' (3:16). The Greek word for ''breathed out by God'' (''inspired,'' NASB) is theopneustos. The word does not occur in any other Greek text (bib-lical or secular) prior to 2 Timothy. Some people think that Paul might have invented the word.

The apostle Peter states, ''No prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit'' (1 Peter 1:21). The Bible is both a divine book and a human book. It was written by humans but breathed out by God. God used each author's unique style and experiences, but, at the same time, they were ''carried along by the Holy Spirit.''

Second Timothy 3:16 and 1 Peter 1:21 actually refer to the OT. What about the NT? Peter implies that Paul's writings are Scripture: ''There are some things in [Paul's letters] that are hard to understand, which the ignorant a ...

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