Since January 23rd I have been a part of the New Testament Challenge. By Easter Sunday I will have read the entire New Testament. Here are a few things I have taken from my reading so far:
1. The story NEVER gets old! Reading accounts of the birth, life and ministry of Jesus does not evoke a "been there, heard that" response. I am amazed at how fresh the story seems though it is familiar.
2. I can still learn from the text: I was struck by something while reading in Luke 5. After having quite possibly the most successful day of his professional life, Jesus asks Simon Peter to give it all up and to follow Him. Most of us would view success as God's way of saying "This is what you should be doing. This is your calling." But, Simon Peter's real calling had nothing to do with his job experience.
3. Community is important. I like knowing that there are others out there reading the same passages on the same days, all of us reflecting on them together. I enjoy reading their comments and seeing how the text is impacting their lives.
3. Discipline is my friend. I need structure when it comes to study. I like having a plan to follow and a goal for which to reach.
It's not too late if you want to join the challenge.