The Presbytery Inn is pleased to announce that, in 2016, we will be embarking on a (Lord willing) daily commentary on the M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan.
There are several plans available under the name of M’Cheyne. Several years ago, theologian Dr. D.A. Carson released a slightly modified plan.
Short commentary on one or more of the readings will be published to assist you with this daily discipline. The M’Cheyne plan has readings for private devotions and for families.
I encourage you to read along. A daily discipline of Bible reading is spiritual discipline.
I will let M’Cheyne tell you why you should follow this plan:
(1.) The whole Bible will be read through in an orderly manner in the course of a year.—The Old Testament once, the New Testament and Psalms twice. I fear many of you never read the whole Bible; and yet it is all equally divine: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect.” If we pass over some parts of Scripture, we shall be incomplete Christians.
(2.) Time will not be wasted in choosing what portions to read.—Often believers are at a loss to determine towards which part of the mountains of spices they should bend their steps. Here the question will be solved at once in a very simple manner.
(3.) Parents will have a regular subject upon which to examine their children and servants.—It is much to be desired that family worship were made more instructive than it generally is. The mere reading of the chapter is often too like water spilt on the ground. Let it be read by every member of the family beforehand, and then the meaning and application drawn out by simple question and answer. The calendar will be helpful in this. Friends, also, when they meet, will have a subject for profitable conversation in the portions read that day. The meaning of difficult passages may be inquired from the more judicious and ripe Christians, and the fragrance of simpler scriptures spread abroad.
(4.) The pastor will know in what part of the pasture the flock are feeding.— He will thus be enabled to speak more suitably to them on the Sabbath; and both pastor and elders will be able to drop a word of light and comfort in visiting from house to house, which will be more readily responded to.
(5.) The sweet bond of Christian love and unity will be strengthened—We shall be often led to think of those dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, here and elsewhere, who agree to join with us in reading these portions. We shall oftener be led to agree on earth, touching something we shall ask of God. We shall pray over the same promises, mourn over the same confessions, praise God in the same songs, and be nourished by the some words of eternal life.