So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. Acts 11:26
In Acts 11, Barnabas was overseeing the work in the local church at Antioch, and he needed an assistant. He recruited Saul of Tarsus, who was coming to be known as Paul. They devoted an entire year to the project of growing the church and teaching the Word of God. The effort was so successful that people began calling these believers by the name of Christ Himself—Christ-ones, or Christians.
Imagine what would happen if you devoted a whole year to personal Bible study! It would produce a new you! Millions of people around the world take online courses in their homes. They build specific time into their daily schedules to work on their degrees. What if you said to yourself, “This year I’m going to become a student in the School of God’s Word. I’m going to build time into my daily schedule to become proficient in Scripture.”
There are all kinds of resources to help you with that, but it begins with an open Bible and a pencil. This year, let His Word dwell in you richly.
When you open your Bible, God opens His mouth. Mark Batterson