J.I. Packer believes that you should spend most of your time in the Bible reading through the Gospels. His reasoning is a desire to have a clear view of Christian discipleship, which comes about from a “constant meditation on the four gospels, over and above the rest of our Bible reading.” He writes:
“…gospel study enables us both to keep our Lord in clear view and to hold before our minds the relational frame of discipleship to him. The doctrines on which our discipleship rests are clearest in the epistles, but the nature of discipleship itself is most vividly portrayed in the gospels. Some Christians seem to prefer the epistles to the gospels and talk of graduating from the gospels to the epistles as if this were a mark of growing up spiritually; but really this attitude is a very bad sign, suggesting that we are more interested in theological notions than in fellowship with the Lord Jesus in person. We should think, rather, of the theology of the epistles as preparing us to understand better the disciple relationship with Christ that is set forth in the gospels, and we should never let ourselves forget that the four gospel are, as has often and rightly been said, the most wonderful books on earth.”
—J.I. Packer, Keep in Step with the Spirit, page 61
An encouraging word, especially as a preaching pastor embarking on a multi-year study in the Gospel according to Luke!
(HT: Josh Harris)