Today we started round three of a New Testament Reading Plan called, "The Cell Rule of Optina."
The label seems a little strange. Don't let the name put you off. Optina in a monastery. A rule is a pattern that those in the monastery choose to practice together, a joint spiritual discipline.
They agree to read through the New Testament every 89 days. It's a cool pattern. There are 89 chapters total in the Four Gospels. In the rest of the New Testament there are almost two chapters per very one chapter in the Gospels. So, by reading three chapters almost every day (a few days there are only two) you can read through the whole NT in 89 days.
The first time through we read all three chapters each day.
The second time, we only read the Gospel chapters. This allowed us to slow down and really digest the passage.
This time, I am going to read all three chapters per day again, but I plan to read the Gospel chapter in the morning and the Epistle chapters at night.
I will try to post the passage each day, and will comment from time to time as things hit me. I do hope it is ok if I do not comment sometimes. I find that when I set out to read in order to make comments, I turn reading into a search for something brilliant to share rather than just hearing what God has to say to me.
You can download a pdf of the schedule here.
Youversion.com, an online Bible program also offers the Cell Plan online. You'll find it here.