I took 40 days to go through the entire Bible from start to finish. It was intense, but I wanted to kick off my new ministry in prayer and the Word. The way I did it was by using...
The Word of Promise Audio Bible. I read along through a lot of it and just listened to some of it, but went through each and every chapter. The first 10 days I was reading/listening for about 8 hours a day. Then the next 28 days I read/listened to over an hour each day. Then the last 2 days I binged through like the last 12 hours. The whole experience was very intense but so rewarding. I enjoyed it. I took a bunch of notes and wrote a whole lot of questions, especially the first 10 days. I saw books of the Bible in a different light by going chronologically and in that rapid successive fashion.
I typically don't recommend reading the Bible from beginning to end. When people talk about going through the Bible in a year, I encourage against it. Why? Because I believe it is better to take your time and savor your meal. Better to read a paragraph and get something out of it, then to read an entire chapter and not understand. I also recommend starting to read the Bible in whatever book peaks your interest. If there is a part that doesn't seem interesting, then skip it and come back to another time. There are some chapters, especially genealogies which are not easy to go through. With that being said, I have been reading the Bible almost every day since I was a teenager and I wanted to be sure I actually did go through every chapter in the Bible. This was a way to make sure I didn't overlook anything. Also if I was going to jump start a new ministry then I needed to be spiritually charged up. So I took these 10 days of alone time with God and then transitioned to the rest of the 40 days to finish going through the Bible.
I remember back when I was a student, volunteering as a lay pastor in Indiana, my lead a pastor told me that going through the Bible this way would give you a different holistic view on the Bible. He wasn't kidding about seeing things a new way. I was able to get an eagle eye's view, especially with the Old Testament.
God has been blessing. He keeps bringing new baptismal opportunities. Like they keep popping up. What an encouraging way to start this new ministry. What is this new ministry I keep talking about? I am focusing on starting a new group in Manhattan. Assembling a team of people who want to do things like in the book of Acts. The last two people that were baptized told me that they wanted something like this and they were going to start their own group, but then they decided to join the one I am forming. It was like they came out of nowhere and after we studied together they got baptized. The group hasn't even started meeting and already there are baptisms. God is amazing.
If you want to join a crew that isn't playing church, but is being the church then message me, because a month from now, I am going to meet with the crew and we are going to talk about this adventure.