The New Testament In A Week, But I’m Only on The Third Book

The teachers on my team and I like to say that education is a journey, not a race. And I find that holds true for many of life’s endeavors. There’s simply little point in rushing from one place to another without finding meaning along the way.

I never intended the New Testament in a Week Challenge to be a race through the New Testament for myself. I thought perhaps I could adhere to a plan which would take me from Matthew through Revelation if I started on Monday and ended on Sunday.

But, here it is is Thursday evening, and I’m only halfway through Luke.

That’s good, though. I’ve loved seeing the similarities, and the differences, between the gospels. And because Luke is my favorite, I might take the rest of the week reading there. It has, after all, the very essence of the week to come: the story of Jesus’ life, teachings, and sacrifice.

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18 thoughts on “The New Testament In A Week, But I’m Only on The Third Book”

  1. It's an interesting thing to balance one's reading of the Scriptures. Too fast, and I lose meaning. Too slow, and I lose connections. I'm perfectly happy if I only read the four gospels by Sunday, and any more than that is just a cherry on top.

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  2. Interesting challenge, Bellezza! Hope you are enjoying it. When I was in school, we started with Genesis 1:1 in sixth grade and finishing with the last verse of Revelation in tenth grade. I don't remember how long we studied the New Testament, but I suspect that it must be atleast a year or two. Hope you are enjoying reading the beautiful verses. Which version are you reading – is it the King James version, or is it one of the modern versions?

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  3. an interesting challenge amongst the many you occupy yourself with, I agree that pace is everything, if rushed you'll lose what understanding you had & yet you need a degree of flow to maintain it's poetic nature.

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  4. Vishy, did you go to a public school? I think not, with the reading of Scripture you did! I'm reading the New Testament in the Modern Translation right now, but I read it right after last Christmas in the King James. I'll go listen to the link of the song you gave me, and get back to you on it.Parris, love to be surrounded by interesting challenges…even though it does require pacing oneself appropriately. I like how you used the term poetic nature, because even if I'm not reading poetry (which is usually the case) there is a certain poetic quality which does relate to literature.

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  5. Hi Bellezza, I didn't go to public school, you guessed right 🙂 I went to a Christian school, because my parents thought that the education there was good and the teachers were dedicated. Hope you enjoy reading the New Testament. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on that song.

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  6. Becky, it looks like I'll get farther than Luke because I finished that last night…maybe I'll complete the New Testament by Easter!Vishy, we sent our son to a Christian middle school; I wish I would have sent him to a Christian high school as well. I'll be sure to get back to you about the song (still have to listen to it).

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  7. Hi B! You are right, this is no contest. I did get to finish the whole thing last night though, because that's what happens when I read the Bible, I can't stop! (Finished the KJV). What a blessing. I've never read the NT continuously before, it was always in parts. The pattern that really stuck to me was Christ's and the apostles' emphasis on loving others and bearing the fruits of the spirit. This has really moved me to make some action rather than just being a passive "lover." Please pray for me on this. Much love to you for encouraging us to do this this week.I'm reading Frank Viola's The Untold Story of the NT Church right now, a behind-the-scenes historical-socio-cultural look at Acts and the Epistles. Will be reading the HCSB alongside it..

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  8. Claire, I can't imagine how I'm so behind on what I'd wanted to read! I didn't want to conduct a race, but neither do I want to be equivalent to "5" chapters a day. ;)It is amazing, though, how reading it in one continuous go really does allow one to see related circumstances as well as make connections. I was struck this time by remembering the ancestors and prophets from my Old Testament reading; they really do carry over to the New Testament, whereas I used to see them as being more separate. Isn't it interesting that no matter how long one has been a Christian, and for me that's as early back as I can remember, there's always room to improve? I always see things about myself that I want to make better, to be more in His image. I have to really be patient with people, as I have a tendency to be scornful inside, or else retreat into my private (reading) world. Yes, I'll pray for you about being more loving to others, as I'll pray that for myself.I haven't heard of the Frank Viola book you mentioned, I'll look that up. However, my mother is reading the Bonhoeffer book (as I'm not reading til Easter) and she said it's wonderful. In case you're interested in picking it up some day.

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  9. I just laughed this morning. One of my blog friends suddenly realized that the 40 days of Lent doesn't include Sundays, since each is a "little Easter". Since we're all legalists at heart, she raised the question, "Does that mean we're free of our Lenten disciplines on Sunday? We can eat the chocolate, have the drink, stuff our faces?" Or, I might add, read a book? ;-)What think you? I say no, that the discipline continues even though it's really 46 days and not 40.

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  10. Well, Linda, while I believe we are saved by grace, and my petty sacrifice means little in the cost of His, I also believe that I have to uphold to what I've committed myself. When I said No Books For Lent I meant it, and I cannot make deals with me or Him. I suppose there are lots of ways to look at this. My husband, born and raised Catholic and now Pentecostal, thinks the whole idea of Lent is a ritual and obligation. But I say how can we through out the baby with the bath water? Some tradition is honorable in my way of thinking. Needless to say, we do eat meat all of Lent. 😉 And I count it as 46 days. xoxo

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  11. It's been an interesting journey, Vishy, one which has given me mostly peace and strength. Although I miss my books terribly. I'll post about it after Easter Sunday.

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  12. I'm sure you're already richly blessed even if you can't complete the whole NT in a week. It's that quality of reading and gleaning that's most important, isn't it. Again, I thank you for your sharing and your sincerity in your Bible reading plans.

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  13. Aarti, I'm anxious to write my end of Lent post…I'm mulling over the blessings now. Though not readily apparent, they are indeed there. And, I'm so ready (ashamedly, almost) to get back to my literature.

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