With every new year comes the recommitment to (finally) make it through the Bible in a year (or so). So to streamline the planning aspect of fulfilling your new year’s resolution, I’ve compiled various bible reading plans for you! Of course, picking one of these doesn’t guarantee results, but it’s the first step in the right direction.
If you need motivation to even start thinking about bible reading, here’s a plea from Pastor John Piper, please read!
- Proportionate weight is given to the Old and New Testaments in view of their relative length, the Old receiving three readings per day and the New getting one reading per day.
- The Old Testament readings follow the arrangement of Jesus’ Bible (Luke 24:44––Law, Prophets, Writings), with one reading coming from each portion per day.
- In a single year, one reads through Psalms twice and all other biblical books once; the second reading of Psalms (highlighted in gray) supplements the readings through the Law (Genesis–Deuteronomy).
- Only 25 readings are slated per month in order to provide more flexibility in daily devotions.
- The plan can be started at any time of the year, and if four readings per day are too much, the plan can simply be stretched to two or more years (reading from one, two, or three columns per day).
The 3650 Challenge (Tim Challies)
This system calls for 10 chapters per day, with each chapter being drawn from a different part of the Bible. This means that over the course of 2012 anyone who uses the plan will go through all the Gospels four times, the Pentateuch twice, Paul’s letters 4-5 times each, the Old Testament wisdom literature six times, all the Psalms at least twice, all the Proverbs as well as Acts a dozen times, and all the way through the Old Testament History and Prophetic books about 1.5 times.
The Chronological Bible Reading Plan (ESV)
Read through the Bible in the order the events occurred chronologically.
The Bible Reading Plan for Shirkers and Slackers
Aside from the name, this is a great way to whet your appetite for bible reading. Pastor Andy Perry explains the advantages to this plan:
- Removing the pressure to ‘keep up’ with getting through the entire Bible in a year.
- Providing variety throughout the week by alternating genres.
- Providing continuity by reading the same genre each day of the week.
The advantage of this plan is that it provides guidance as we read each day but does not put us on an internal guilt trip if we miss a day – we just pick up with the next reading on the day it happens to be.
A Bible Reading Record (Don Whitney)
It’s a list of every chapter in the Bible, and you can check them off as you read them at whatever pace you want.
There are tons more out there, but these are just a few that I thought would be most helpful. Enjoy the New Year celebrations everyone!