I’m so excited about where God is going to take our community in 2018! Today I’m sharing the Bible Reading plan for January 2018. If this is your first time here, then welcome! Together, the readers here have completed over 25 Bible reading challenges, including annual reading challenges and monthly reading challenges. I’ve developed all sorts of strategies to help us continue to stay in God’s word faithfully and there is nothing like this monthly system we are working through! I’ll explain why below. But first, where are we headed?
Bible Reading Plan for January 2018
The Bible reading plan for January 2018 is the Pure Joy Bible reading plan. If you were with us last January, I think you’ll agree that this topical plan on cultivating a happy heart is outstanding! If you didn’t have the opportunity to read along with us in 2017, you are in for a treat.
January is the month of the year when the reality of life tends to set in. Whether it’s the darkness of the long, winter days or post-Christmas bills, many folks deal with discouragement and depression in January. Perhaps the weight of the unknown is a cause for worry and stress as the new year presses in. Whatever your situation, this month-long adventure into God’s Word to cultivate a happy heart will renew your focus!
Why I Offer Monthly Bible Reading Challenges
Why do Christians spend time reading God’s Word daily? Simply answered: to grow our faith in the Lord. The Bible is God’s love letter to us and when we love him, we long to know him more. One of the best ways to get to know God more is to read his word. When we know his word personally, we can then work to fulfill the purpose for which he created us!
Topical Bible reading plans are fantastic for folks seeking to study a certain subject in the Bible or people who really want to be accountable to be in the Word for themselves on a daily basis. They are also great for new Christians who aren’t sure where or how to get started reading their Bible.
PURE JOY BIBLE READING PLAN AND JOURNAL CHALLENGE
Welcome to the Pure Joy Bible reading challenge! If you’ve never joined a Bible reading challenge here before, each day we follow the plan and read the passage. You can share what you are learning on social media or just keep it between you and God. My goal through the reading is to draw closer to Jesus, and I want that for you too!
For this month, we will use the hashtags #purejoyjournal and #biblereadingplan. Almost every day, I post on Instagram or Facebook about what I’m learning through the passages and sometimes I post the journaling pages I work on throughout the study.
Once a week, usually on Fridays, I post a summary of what I learned through the week here on the blog and invite you to share what God is teaching you in the comments.
JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP
For the second month in our Bible reading challenge history, I’m continuing to offer a Facebook group available for those who would like to enjoy more conversation about the daily reading. My awesome ministry partner, Mindy, is leading this group and you are going to love her so much! She and I have worked together this entire year to build and create this format and honed it to be what God would have.Our number one goal is to help you get into God’s word and know it for yourself as the Spirit leads you.
Head over to the Rachel Wojo’s Bible Reading Challenge group to join.
ABOUT THE BIBLE READING PLAN AND JOURNAL
It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since God began working in my heart to step the monthly Bible Reading Challenge up another notch. Personally the Lord has convinced me that soaking in his word each day is the best soul treatment I could possibly encounter. So while our community has completed Bible reading challenges for several years, I knew God was asking me to provide a stronger tool than the simple Bible reading plan printable I offer each month.
As a result, I created a Bible reading plan and journal combination. This resource is designed to provide a topical theme for 31 days of Bible reading passages. The second and current edition of this journal has been expanded to include two pages for each day.
ORDER the Pure Joy Bible Reading Plan and Journal
I truly long to provide practical, spiritual resources because I know that is a work God has called me to do. Throughout this year, I have made changes to the format. A couple months back, I expanded the journal from one page a day to two pages a day, and yet I believe it is still something the average person can complete within a reasonable span of time on a personal level.
If you’re looking for an in-depth Bible study, these slim Bible study guides may not be the right fit for you. (Check out this FREE video Bible study for more depth!)
I designed these particular Bible reading plans and journals to be doable on a consistent, daily basis.
This is not a Bible study with large amounts of developed content; it is a tool to be used for you to grow personally. The objective is for you to read and grow to know God’s word for yourself. I’ll be honest, using the journal is a spiritual discipline. But it’s a habit that works in spite of feelings or failures.
What Others Are Saying
Here are a few comments about the journals we’ve developed:
I’m so loving this reading plan and journal! While I’ve done your reading plans with my girlfriends, this is the first time I’ve used the journal. Prayer-life changing! As a seminary student, I’m in the Bible daily, but this short journaling exercise is focusing and refining my prayer life tremendously! Thank you for your obedience to God in creating this tool.
Love the simple format! As a mom of little ones, it is so doable! Thank you!
Thank you for doing these. They help me so much not only to encourage me to read my Bible more, but to apply what I read.
Love these journals! Please keep them coming!
It is not necessary to purchase the journal in order to participate in this Bible reading challenge. However, I am confident that you will experience a greater success in daily reading when you enjoy the personal accountability the journal provides.
PURE JOY BIBLE READING PLAN for January 2018
1. Psalm 47:1-9
2. 1 Peter 1:3-9
3. Romans 15:7-13
4. Nehemiah 8:5-10
5. John 16:17-24
6. Psalm 30:1-5
7. Hebrews 12:1-6
8. Psalm 4:1-8
9. Ecclesiastes 5:12-20
10. Isaiah 35:1-4
11. Jeremiah 15:10-16
12. Matthew 2:1-10
13. Psalm 51:7-12
14. Psalm 65:1-13
15. Habakkuk 3:12-19
16. John 15:5-11
17. Galatians 5:22-26
18. Psalm 92:1-8
19. Philippians 2:1-11
20. 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10
21. James 1:1-6
22. Jude 1:20-25
23. Psalm 84:1-7
24. Psalm 97:1-12
25. Ecclesiastes 2:22-26
26. Isaiah 29:13-19
27. Isaiah 35:5-10
28. Psalm 119:105-112
29. Ecclesiastes 8:12-17
30. Psalm 126:1-6
31. Isaiah 9:1-7
PRINTABLE OR DIGITAL BIBLE READING PLAN
Just screenshot the graphic to your smartphone and mark it as a favorite for easy daily access. For a simple printable copy, click on the graphic or HERE and print out two copies of the Bible reading plan. Share one with a friend!
We will begin the first day of January, just as we do every month! Don’t forget to order your journal now.
By his grace,