There’s something about the beginning of a new year that reminds us of our desire to know God more. We make resolutions to read the Bible more, or attend church or small group more regularly, or to pray with more intention. Over the past year, we have released a few resources to help you read and understand the Bible, but there are also many other amazing resources out there. This guide is intended to show you some of the best resources we have used to truly focus and meditate on this precious Book, the Word of God. Enjoy!
BIBLE READING PLANS & DEVOTIONALS
Matthew 9-Week Reading Plan
We hand-crafted a reading plan that walks you through the book of Matthew in 9 weeks, complete with questions to help you analyze and apply what you read each day. Each week you’ll cover 3 chapters of Matthew and 3 correlating scripture passages. We hope this shows you the cohesiveness of the Bible and that Jesus really is who He said He was.
Sojourn Devotional: We Are (not) Home
A sojourn is simply a temporary stay—making a sojourner a person who stays in a place for a short while. This word “sojourn” is used many times in the Bible—always describing brave journeys of the fearless and the faithful. This 14-day devotional entitled “We Are (not) Home” explores the juxtaposition between the already and not yet.
Bible Tool Kit & 30-Day Study of John
This tool kit is for someone that is relatively new to committed Bible reading. We’ll walk through the importance of studying the word of God, where to start, and how to stay devoted. Includes a 30 study of the book of John, and a breakdown of all of the books in the Bible—and what they contain.
The 30-day study takes you through the book of John and includes supporting texts. Discover who Jesus is with fresh eyes through His miracles, His teachings, and through the testimony of others.
Let's Read the Word Together: 11-Week Study
Read through the overarching timeline of God’s plan of redemption for our lives. Over 11 weeks, you will study God’s Word and learn more about the character of our Father—finding your true identity in Him.
OTHER STUDY & READING PLAN RESOURCES
Here are a few other places to find solid resources to help you read and understand the Bible this year:
Famous pastor and theologian Charles Spurgeon once said, “Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.” We love that! We love the Word of God like no other book, and we encourage you to read it and love it. We’ve listed a few good books for you to “visit” that will help you love and enjoy Scripture as you “live” in it.
In His Image by Jen Wilkin
By exploring ten characteristics of who God is―holy, loving, just, good, merciful, gracious, faithful, patient, truthful, and wise―this book helps us understand who God intends for us to be. Through Christ, the perfect reflection of the image of God, we will discover how God’s own attributes impact how we live, leading to freedom and purpose as we follow his will and are conformed to his image.
None Like Him by Jen Wilkin
We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone. Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God's limitless power, Jen Wilkin invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God.
Seamless by Angie Smith
In seven sessions, Seamless covers the people, places, and promises of the Bible, tying them together into the greater story of Scripture. Participants in this study will gain an overarching understanding of the fundamental layout and meaning of the Bible.
Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin
Women of the Word has helped countless women with a clear and concise plan they can use every time they open their Bible. This book will equip you to engage God’s word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart.
Remember God by Annie F. Downs
A glimpse into Annie F. Downs’ personal testimony, she reflects on challenging God with her circumstances and the fight to cling onto the truth that our God is kind and good. On her book she states, “In the back of my mind, God reminds me that He is the same trustworthy God—the One who always finishes the stories he starts. And this is my story—of wrestling with our God who gives a limp and a blessing. A God who is always kind even when my circumstances feel the opposite. God is who He says He is. He is kinder than you imagine. In a world where it is easy to forget who He is, we will not. We will remember God.”
The Ministry of Ordinary Places by Shannan Martin
In an increasingly complicated world, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to live a life of intention and meaning. Where do we even begin? Shannan Martin offers a surprisingly simple answer: uncover the hidden corners of our cities and neighborhoods and invest deeply in the lives of people around us.
Flourish by Lydia Brownback
Flourish equips us with tools to identify the lies that come at us about where to find real life. As we dig deep into what God says in his Word, we will learn to discern the worldly influences that threaten to warp our understanding of what it really means to be a Christian, and emerge with a faith that flourishes―full of the abundant life Jesus promises.
SMART PHONE & TABLET APPS
If you’re a tech-savvy person who does most (or a lot) of their Bible reading/listening on your phone, we wanted to provide with you some incredible resources that we use and love. And they are free! Note: Premium content may cost more.
Dwell (multiple reading plans)
Dwell is a new audio Bible app that pairs beautiful, original artwork and music composed exclusively for Scripture reading with a variety of translations read by people who love the Bible as much as you do. Choose one of their many Bible reading plans, close your eyes, and listen to the beauty of God’s Word in an immersive experience.
Read Scripture (The Bible Project)
Spend quality time reading the Bible daily while learning how to read it with contextual videos from The Bible Project. A brand-new Thematic reading plan constantly highlights the bigger picture so you can always see the big picture in your reading through hand-illustrated videos that explain difficult concepts and themes alongside Scripture.
YouVersion: Through the Bible in a Year
The YouVersion Bible app (simply called “The Bible App”) was one of the first Bible apps on the iOS App Store, launching in 2008. With 2,023 Bible versions in over 1,354 languages and incredible reading plans—all for free (without ads!)—this app is a favorite of millions of people around the world.
OTHER MEDIA RESOURCES
Last—but certainly not least—here are some other amazing resources to help you this year as you read and study the Bible. We know these resources can be so incredibly helpful to excite you about the Word, help you understand the Word, and simply be an encouraging voice for you as you press into knowing God more this year.
"Look at the Book" with John Piper
This video resource is one of our favorites! John Piper is one of the most-respected pastors and theologians of our time, and with his team at Desiring God he has created an amazing video teaching series called “Look at the Book,” where he teaches you—word by word—how to read the Bible with the Scripture right there in front of you.
Making Intentional Time for God
In this Digital Guide we’ll breakthrough what’s keeping you stuck & create you-specific tools to intentionally find your way to His presence and create a daily routine of knowing God deeply. Use code HOSANNA15 to save 15%!
Go and Tell Gals with Jess Conolly
Join host Jess Connolly on this weekly podcast as she interviews real women running on mission, right where they’re at. Go and Tell Gals podcast is quick, uplifting, and will leave you ready to RUN.
That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs
Less like a podcast and more like coffee with friends, Annie’s podcast, released on Mondays and Thursdays, features her favorite things and favorite people. Pretty much, if it sounds fun to Annie, she wants you to hear about it. Take a listen to this fun and encouraging podcast!