Monday, March 13, 2017

The Cornerstone Reading Plan

My mentor Chuck Wood introduced me to the Cornerstone Reading Plan over a year ago, and I have been using it ever since. In fact, I can't believe I haven't posted about it sooner. It is actually an action step in my forthcoming book. Check it out.

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, (Ephesians 2:19-20)

A cornerstone is the first stone laid in a building project and determines the angles and direction for the rest of the building. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone and a great place to start a reading plan.

1. The Gospels
You can start by reading one chapter per day in the book of Matthew.
After you feel comfortable reading one chapter per day and have success, you can start adding the New Testament writings of the Apostles, starting with the book of Acts.

2. The New Testament
Now you are reading two chapters per day, one in the Gospels and one in the rest of the New Testament. After you are comfortable with that and are having success, you can add the Old Testament books, written by the prophets, starting with Genesis.

3. The Old Testament
After success with that, you can add a chapter in the Old Testament, starting with the book of Psalms. This results in reading four chapters per day. After you finish the Book of John in the Gospels, you can cycle back to Matthew, and after you finish the book of Revelation in the New Testament, you can cycle back to the book of Acts.

If you follow this plan for fifteen months you will read through the Old Testament once, the New Testament two and a half times and the Gospels five times. This is a good place to start in saturating yourself with God’s word. Remember to listen and obey as you read.