At the beginning of each year, I like to map out what Bible studies I’m going to do, in addition to whatever “read through the Bible in a year” plan I choose. I’ve found this helps me stay a little more focused, rather than randomly choosing passages or skipping Bible study days because I don’t have a particular topic in mind. I am quite flexible with this plan, though, because sometimes I face a particular temptation or want to study a certain passage or aspect of Christ’s character that I didn’t plan on.
For the past few years, I’ve found it profitable to use John MacArthur’s series of Bible studies. We’ve used them in Sunday School or I’ve used them on my own. This year I’d like to study these books of the Bible: Galatians, Ephesians, Romans, Revelation. These studies are designed to complete in 12 weeks, but I can generally do two lessons a week. I rotate these studies with topical studies or other Bible study books.
I’d like to do topical studies on various emotions, the fruit of the Spirit, and women of the Bible.
I also really like Beth Moore’s Bible studies and would like to read her book Praying God’s Word and the study Stepping Up: A Journey through the Psalms of Ascent. For a Christmas present, my mom gave me Nancy Leigh DeMoss’s book Choosing Gratitude, so I’d like to read that book and work through the study guide for that as well.
What books of the Bible would you like to study this year? What topical studies or book studies do you have planned?