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F-260 Bible Reading Plan

Reading Goals for Week 1: 1/3/22-1/9/22: Genesis 1-2; Genesis 3-4; Genesis 6-7; Genesis 8-9; Job 1-2     

Memory Verses: Genesis 1:27; Hebrews 11:7

Reading Goals for Week 2: 1/10/22-1/16/22: Job 38-39; Job 40-42; Genesis 11-12; Genesis 15; Genesis 16-17

Memory Verses: Hebrews 11:6; Hebrews 11:8-10

Reading Goals for Week 3: 1/17/22-1/23/22: Genesis 18-19; Genesis 20-21; Genesis 22; Genesis 24; Genesis 25:19-34 & 26 

Memory Verses: Romans 4:20-22; Hebrews 11:17-19

Reading Goals for Week 4: 1/24/22-1/30/22: Genesis 27-28; Genesis 29-30:24; Genesis 31-32; Genesis 33 & 35; Genesis 37

Memory Verses: 2 Corinthians 10:12; 1 John 3:18


How the F-260 Reading Plan Works

This year at EBC we are going to embark upon a journey to help us read, respond, and memorize Scripture regularly. To help us with this, we are going to be using a resource called Foundations. This resource was written by Robby and Kandi Gallaty, pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. This is an excerpt from the introduction of Foundations:

The Foundations 260 is a 260-day reading plan that highlights the foundational passages of Scripture that every disciple should know. The plan expects believers to read one or two chapters a day for five days each week, with an allowance for weekends off. The two off days a week are built in so that you can catch up and go deeper. This is a different approach than the traditional reading plan of four to five chapters a day where unread chapters can begin to pile up, forcing us to skip entire sections to get back on schedule. It reduces Bible reading to a system of box checking instead of a time to hear from God. Reading the foundational passages allows you to reflect on what you’ve read for that day. Scripture memorization is also a wonderful feature of this program.

To help digest more of the Word, the F-260 encourages believers to read less and keep a HEAR journal. The HEAR journaling method promotes reading for life-transformation. Your purpose will be to read in order to understand and respond to God’s Word.

HEAR stands for Highlight, Explain, Apply, and Respond. Each of these four steps contributes to creating an atmosphere to hear God speak. After settling on a reading plan and establishing a time for studying God’s Word, you will be ready to hear from God.

Begin each reading session by praying that the Holy Spirit will speak to you through God’s Word. This might seem obvious, but we need to be in the right mindset before beginning. On the top left of your journal page write the letter H. This reminds you to read with a purpose. During the course of your reading one or two verses will usually stand out and speak to you. After reading the passage, Highlight these verses by writing in your journal the following:

The name of the book, the chapter and verse, and a title to describe the verse(s). You also may want to write out the scriptures. This practice will be an easy reference of the passage if you want to revisit it later.

After you have Highlighted the passage, write the letter E under the previous entry. Under this letter, Explain what the text means. You can do this by asking some simple questions of the passage: Why was this written? Who was the original audience? How does this verse fit in the context of the chapter or the book? What does the Holy Spirit intend to communicate through this text?

After writing a short summary of what you think the text means, write the letter A below the previous section. Under the A write the word Apply. This is the heart of the process. Everything that you have done so far culminates under this heading. As you have done before, answer a series of questions to uncover the significance of these verses to you personally. What does this text teach about God? What does this passage mean today? What would the application of this passage look like in my life? Does the text identify an action or attitude to avoid or embrace? What is God saying to me?

These question help bridge the gap between the ancient world and your world today. They provide a way for God to speak to you from the specific passage or verse. Don’t skimp here. Challenge yourself to write two to five sentences on each passage.

Finally, below the first three entries, write the letter R for Respond. Your response to the passage may take many forms. You may write a call to action, describe how you will be different because of what God has said to you through His Word, indicate what you are going to do because of what you have learned, respond by writing a prayer to God. There are lots of possibilities!

Notice our four words – Highlight, Explain, Apply, and Respond are all action words. God doesn’t want us to sit back and with for Him to drop truth into our laps. Instead of waiting passively, God wants us to actively pursue Him!

Our prayer is that as you join us on this journey God will speak clearly and we can all grow closer to Him through a deeper understanding of His Word. Let’s get ready to HEAR from God.