5 Reasons to Read the Entire Bible in 2016

Jeff Robinson | December 29, 2015


I vividly recall two conversations with pastors shortly after I surrendered to pastoral ministry in the late-1990s. The conversations were pivotal because in them I was exposed to two divergent approaches to ministry, and the Lord used them to convince me that I must saturate my mind with Scripture.

In one conversation I asked a longtime pastor how many times he’d read the Bible in its entirety from Genesis to Revelation. “Never, but I hope to someday,” he replied. I was stunned. I thought, “Then how do you know what you believe?” 

Soon after I encountered another longtime shepherd of God’s sheep, a man who retired a few years ago as pastor of my home church in Georgia. I posed the same question, but got a very different answer: “I try to read through the Bible every year. After all, I’ve given my life to teaching and preaching God’s Word, so I had better know it to the highest degree a man can know it.”

That day, I became convinced I should read through Scripture regularly and, since it was the end of the year, I began my first read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year venture. I’m so happy I did. 

During my longer-than-intended tenure as a seminary student I followed the same practice…


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