Let's go fly a Kite by Suria Scholtz
5 x 5 x 5 Bible Reading Plan 2021
Every year I embark on a slightly different Bible reading strategy, for I love change and variety. Last year I felt that it was time to read chronologically through all 66 books of the Bible – a real challenge for my personality as I would rather dig for gold nuggets than bulldoze my way through the ages. While a chronological reading is a very interesting approach, I also found it quite demanding at times. Not called a GRACE CHALLENGE for nothing, I mainly have you and lockdown to thank for meeting my deadline.
One of my friends who joined the chronological challenge this year, contacted me, wanting to know what strategy I plan to follow this year. While you are certainly welcome to join me again, for I believe grace structures plays a huge part in helping us stay the course, it is also important that you choose one that will work for you. Many people prefer to just read their Bibles daily and do so randomly. As the important thing is spending time in God’s Word, I would not want you to think that a set plan is mandatory.
As one of the downsides of the chronological plan is that one doesn’t get to the New Testament until mid-October, I was especially drawn to the various New Testament Reading plans. Eventually, I settled on the Navigator’s 5x5x5 — reading through the New Testament in 5 days a week, 5 minutes using their 5 ways to dig deeper. 
- Underline or highlight keyword or phrases in the passage.
- Put it into your own words. (or in my case, read it from a different translation or in another language – if possible.)
- Ask and answer questions, using: who, what, why, when, where, or how.
- Capture the big idea – in a specific sentence, paragraph or chapter.
- Personalize the meaning. Ask, how do I respond to what I am reading?
As many of you know, I am all for spontaneous living, seizing the day and all that. Yet it is a structured daily approach that enables me to live free, have fun and bear fruit. Just as a kite is secured by the string in the hand of a kite runner, enabling it to soar effortlessly; I believe studying and meditating on God’s Word will enable us to fulfil the purposes of God in our generation. It is this vital connection, this intimate relationship with Christ, that will equip us to fly in the winds of adversity and brewing storms of life – unharmed and a beacon of hope.
“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing.” John 15:5
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