I know that Christians have mixed views on Bible reading notes. Some find them a valuable tool to aid them in their daily readings whilst others think it’s better to read the Bible without the aid of notes.
Over the years I have used a number of different Bible reading notes and found some to be very helpful. There are also others that I have found not so useful (no names mentioned!).
Since the start of 2017 I have been using “New Daylight” which is published by BRF (The Bible Reading Fellowship). New Daylight notes provide four months of daily Bible readings. Each day starts with a reading which is followed by a comment on the passage and finishes with a prayer or thought to ponder.
Although that format is the same as all the various other Bible reading notes I have used, New Daylight uses contributors who come from a range of different church backgrounds. Therefore unlike other reading notes I have used, I have encountered writings from other Christians whose church traditions are different to mine.
There are a number of differing themes in each addition of New Daylight. Some of these themes are for one week but most of them generally cover two weeks.
Amongst the themes covered in the current edition are:
- Studies on Psalms 81-93
- Acts 1-6: adventures of a Spirit-inspired community
- 1 Samuel
- Fate and free will in Mark’s Gospel
- In truth and love: 2 John and 3 John
- Unsung heroes of the Old Testament
- Zechariah: rebuilding, God’s way
So as can be seen that is a nice variety of passages and themes. I was particularly impressed that 2 John and 3 John were featured in this edition. I suspect most Christians have not heard a sermon preached from either of those two short letters let along studied them in their daily readings!
If you are interested in using New Daylight then more details can be found on their website. https://www.biblereadingnotes.org.uk/new-daylight/