Bible Reading Plans
If you are ambitious to read more of the Bible in this coming year, there are more tools than ever before to keep you on track. Whatever your goal, here are some tools to help:
1) Read the Bible at your own pace
- The "Bill Kittrell Plan" is that he gets a new Bible (it doesn't have to be expensive) and reads through it, marking it up as he goes, spending as much time on a passage as he feels led to do. Use the ribbon in the Bible to keep your place and read through it, however long it takes.
2) Read through the New Testament
- To read through the New Testament in a year, read a chapter each weekday and take off the weekends. There are 260 chapters, so 52 weeks of reading 5 chapters will get you there on time.
- ESV.org has a free plan to help you read through the Bible in six months as well.
3) Read though the Bible in a year
There are more tools than ever to help you read through the Bible in a year. A few of the best ones are:
- Nav Press has its popular Discipleship Journal plan that you can download for free.
- ESV.org has 10 different Bible reading plans. Even better they have 5 different ways to keep track of your plan including calendar appointments, RSS feeds, mobile apps, and more.
- If you plan to read the M’Cheyne plan (which Walt highly recommends) there are a few other helpful tools. You can find this reading plan at ESV.org. First, the M’Cheyne plan has 4 readings a day. If you read the first 3, you will finish the Bible in a year. If you read all 4, you’ll read the OT once and the NT twice in one year. Second, there is a free online commentary by DA Carson (it's a book as well) called For the Love of God that walks through this plan with you. Daily you can hear from one of the best Bible scholars alive today, helping you understand in a few paragraphs what you just read.
4) Other ideas
- The Apple App Store has great apps to help you keep track of your plan. There is the Reading Plan app which has several plans to choose from. You can download the Logos Bible Study app which helps with word studies and more for free. There are apps for Spurgeon's Morning and Evening Devotional and other devotionals as well.
- Nate Treguboff has a helpful post on the SGM blog about Bible Reading Plans for 2013.
- Justin Taylor had a great post last year. He has links to many Bible reading plans, articles, and tools. It's very helpful.
Happy New Year! We hope these tools serve you if you feel ambitious to read more of the Bible in the New Year.