Bible Companion

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The Bible Companion (or Bible Reading Planner) is a guide developed by the Christadelphians to aid reading the Bible.[1] It was first produced by Robert Roberts when he was 14 years of age, in about 1853,[2] and revised by him over a number of years into its current format.[3]

Background[edit]

Christadelphians believe that reading the Bible is very important: they believe that it is "essential if one is to discover—and remember—God's revelation of Himself and His purpose";[2] citing Bible verses such as Psalm 119:105, they believe the Bible gives moral direction for the life of a Christian - thus the Bible Companion is designed to aid the Christian in their Bible reading to this end.[2]

The Bible Companion as a reading aid[edit]

By following the Bible Companion the reader is led, in small portions, through the whole Bible in a year. The Old Testament is read once in the year, and the New Testament is read twice. The plan starts on January 1 in the Book of Genesis, Book of Psalms and Book of Matthew and works its way through the scriptures as the year goes along providing around four chapters per day.[4] Here is an example of a section from the Bible Companion:

January
Date Reading 1 Reading 2 Reading 3
1 Genesis 1, 2 Psalms 1, 2 Matthew 1, 2
2 3, 4 3-5 3, 4
3 5, 6 6-8 5
4 7, 8 9,10 6
5 9,10 11-13 7
6 11,12 14-16 8
7 13,14 17 9
8 15,16 18 10
9 17,18 19-21 11
10 19 22 12
11 20,21 23-25 13
12 22,23 26-28 14
13 24 29,30 15
14 25,26 31 16
15 27 32 17
16 28,29 33 18
17 30 34 19
18 31 35 20
19 32,33 36 21
20 34,35 37 22
21 36 38 23
22 37 39,40 24
23 38 41-43 25
24 39,40 44 26
25 41 45 27
26 42,43 46-48 28
27 44,45 49 Romans 1, 2
28 46,47 50 3, 4
29 48,50 51,52 5, 6
30 Exodus 1, 2 53-55 7, 8
31 3, 4 56,57 9

Current usage[edit]

Although the Bible Companion was developed over 100 years ago by the Christadelphians it is still widely used within the community. Some ecclesias (individual churches) read the allotted chapters of the Bible as found in the companion during their Sunday services. Many people have the Bible Companion printed on book marks so they can easily find and follow the day's readings. There is an increasing number of apps for mobile phones and tablets which also show the daily readings. Use of the Bible Companion is down to the individual's choice.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bible Reading Planner". Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  2. ^ a b c "Daily Bible Reading Exhortations". Retrieved 2007-03-29.
  3. ^ Roberts, Robert (1894). My Days and My Ways. Birmingham: CMPA. p. 15.
  4. ^ "Welcome to DailyReadings.org.uk". Retrieved 2020-03-03.

External links[edit]

Bible Companions[edit]

Comments, exhortations and questions following the Bible Companion program[edit]