Bible Reading

We have developed a reading plan that will result in taking you through the Bible in a year and includes the New Testament twice. Each day includes chapters from both the Old and New Testaments. Psalms and Proverbs are woven in the reading throughout the year. Reading like this gives you a more balanced perspective of God’s Word and reveals many amazing links that you may otherwise miss. You will find today’s Bible reading at the top of this page. Under “Choose Time:” select “Ready” for 15 minutes, “Set” for 30 minutes, or “Go” for 45 minutes.

Before you start reading, pray and say, ‘God speak to me out of your Word.’ The following is a journaling technique that we believe you will find very helpful.

  • Scripture. Select and write from today’s reading.
  • Observation. Write a personal observation from the selected scripture.
  • Application. Write a description of a way to apply this to your life today. Prayer. Write a little prayer.

If you do happen to miss a day or so, don’t punish yourself and try to catch up. You will just get discouraged. Just start with the current day. Do your best and do not become legalistic–it is not a spiritual checklist.

Bible Reading Plans
Creative, and Interesting, Ways to Read the WHOLE Bible

Have you ever read the entire Bible? Ever finish in one year? It’s quite an accomplishment, but it can be tough. Many have found it difficult just to get through the genealogies in Genesis or the sacrifices in Leviticus.

If you google “Bible reading plans,” you will be astonished at the myriad of creative options out there. Some websites even offer e-mails, RSS feeds, and iCal to make it convenient for busy lifestyles. You can even read through the Bible on your phone. Here are some good sites:

www.biblegateway.com/readingplans/
www.esv.org/biblereadingplans/
www.bibleplan.org

With so many options, we thought we would narrow down the most unique and interesting ways to go at this. You can actually read the Bible several years in a row – without repeating the same process.  One warning/suggestion: No matter which reading plan you choose, we definitely recommend you build in a grace period each week. Give yourself one or two days off each week to rest or catch up. This may add to your daily reading load, but no one can do this without occasionally missing a day. And nothing is more discouraging than getting behind!

By the way, we are happy to link you to resources from other people, ministries, and organizations. Please note this is not a blanket endorsement of their respective organizations or beliefs. We just think what they have is helpful. Enjoy!

Eight Different Ways to Read the Whole Bible
Ever tried to read the whole Bible? Ever get bored in the middle? You may find better reading plans out there, but here are several that tackle this in different ways:

  1. Read the Bible Slowly but Steadily – A 3-year Plan This plan offers a less intense, more leisurely walk though the Bible. The goal is to finish in three years, about one chapter per day. Three years is a long commitment, but you will have more time to soak in the material. Plus, the readings alternate between Old Testament and New Testament to keep it fresh.
  1. Read the Bible Quickly “The Bible in 90 Days” – A 90-Day Plan This plan will put hair on your chest. You will read the entire Bible in an aggressive ninety days, about 12-14 chapters each day. Naturally, you won’t soak in all the details, but you will get a good sense of what is in the Bible. Many have testified that this experience is incredibly powerful because it helps you get the big picture of the Bible quickly. You can find a printable PDF file for this plan here: http://www.thebrooknetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/BibleIn90Days.pdf
  2. Read the Bible With Your Family (Robert Murray M’Cheyne Reading Calendar) – A One-Year Plan This plan has a historical flare for you history buffs. It was developed by Robert Murray M’Cheyne, a Scottish preacher, in the mid 1800s. The plan offers the unique feature of “family” and “private” readings-an opportunity to develop a family Bible reading habit. Individually, you can make these “morning” and “evening” readings, so you’re beginning and ending your day in God’s Word.  http://bibleplan.org/#mc
  3. Read the Bible by Types of Literature (“Genres” Bible Reading Plan) – A One-Year Plan  This idea is probably my personal favorite. Instead of reading the Bible straight through, this plan walks you through the Bible by genres, or types, of literature. Mondays you read from the Law, Tuesdays you read History, Wednesday you read Psalms, Thursday you read Poetry, etc. The benefit is that you will get a feel for the different types of literature in the Bible. They all communicate meaning differently, so it’s good to have a handle on this.  http://70030.netministry.com/articles_view.asp?articleid=31623&columnid=3801
  4. Read the Bible Chronologically (as it happened) – A One-Year Plan  This approach offers an extremely interesting way to read the Bible: chronologically. That is, you read through the material in the order in which things happened. You read Moses’ psalm along with the Exodus, David’s psalms during his lifetime, Solomon’s proverbs during his reign, the prophets alongside their respective kings, etc. The one challenge is that you obviously jump around a lot, but the benefit of a chronological perspective is real. Here is an option for this approach:  http://www.esv.org/resources/reading-plans-devotions/  You can also buy published Bibles laid out chronologically.
  5. Read the Bible Historically (as it was written) – A One-Year Plan This reading plan is very unique.  Instead of reading the Bible chronologically, here you read it historically. That is, you read the books in the order they were written. They may describe events out of order chronologically, but you will get a perspective on which material was written first. Think about it: What parts of the Bible did later biblical authors also read?  This approach will help you see that.  http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/readingplans/
  6. Read the Bible with One Psalm and Proverb Each Day “Every Day in the Word” – A One-Year Plan  This plan offers daily variety without jumping around too much. Each day you read from four different books: an Old Testament book, a New Testament book, Psalms, and Proverbs. The benefit here is that each day, alongside the Old and New Testament readings, you read one psalm and one proverb. (One proverb is usually just one or two verses.) This will enhance your reading with daily worship and daily wisdom.  http://www.esv.org/resources/reading-plans-devotions/
  7. Read the Bible Straight Through (the traditional approach) – A One-Year Plan  You can find lots of traditional “straight through” reading plans. Your Bible may have one. Here are a few different ones based on how many books you read at a time: