A Bible Reading Plan

How many of you have ever started out to read the Bible straight through and got bogged down in Leviticus or Numbers? Or if you made it through Numbers, lost your way in first or second Kings when you realized you just read most of this in first and second Samuel (and guess what, a lot of it is also in first and second Chronicles!) How many of you have ever read all of the minor prophets or all of Jeremiah or Ezekiel?

The Old Testament can be hard for believers today to get through. And we can justify it by declaring that we are of the new covenant and besides, we read the New Testament all the time! If that is you, then I may have just the Bible Reading Plan for you.

I found this plan on the internet somewhere a couple of years ago, so I cannot take credit for it myself. And unfortunately, I have no idea what blog I was reading when I found the link to another blog that linked to the PDF with the instructions so I cannot give credit where it is due. But it is such an excellent plan that I am going to share it with you anyway and if anyone knows of the originator, please comment and let us know!

The Bible is divided up into 10 sections:

  • Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
  • Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
  • 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Hebrews
  • 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Titus, Philemon, James, 1st and 2nd Peter, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, Jude, Revelation
  • Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
  • Psalms
  • Proverbs
  • Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1st and 2nd Samuel, 1st and 2nd Kings, 1st and 2nd Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
  • Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
  • Acts, Romans

Each day, you will read one chapter from each section. So on day one you read Matthew 1, Genesis 1, 1st Corinthians 1, Job 1, Psalms 1, Proverbs 1, Joshua 1, Isaiah 1, and Acts 1. On day 75 you will read John 7, Exodus 25, 1st Corinthians 13, Job 13, Psalms 75, Proverbs 13, 1st Samuel 27, Jeremiah 9, and Romans 3. When you finish a book of the Bible, you move on to the next book in the section. When you finish the section, you start that section over. Some sections will be completed very quickly (you’ll be reading Proverbs every month) and some very slowly (Isaiah – Malachi is a total of 250 days!)

The purpose of this plan is for the reader to see the Bible as a whole and to observe the books as they relate to one another. It is not a Bible study plan. You will quickly become overwhelmed if you try to lookup every cross reference you come across and journal and pray through every chapter. This is a Bible reading plan and should be treated as such. You will also become overwhelmed if one day you only get to read five chapters or three chapters and then feel like you have to “make up” for what you missed the following day. Don’t do that! Just pick back up where you left off and continue on.

You will be surprised how quickly you can read through ten chapters and the longer you do so, the faster you will become. However, if you don’t think that you can handle ten chapters a day, it is easy to split the plan in half and do five chapters a day.

It can become a little cumbersome remembering which chapter you are on in which book and what is coming up next. To solve this problem, I created the following chart.

Each section has a different color so it’s easy to tell where one section ends and another begins. Every day I check off the chapter I read from each section making it easy to pick up where I left off the following day.

I’ve been using this plan for a couple of years and I love it. I’ve given this plan to two of the girls that I disciple and they like it too. I highly recommend it to anyone but especially to those who desire to read the entire Bible but struggle to do so.

We’d like to know if you have a bible reading plan that you love. Please share in the comments below!

Comments

  1. ChristeB says:

    Dan and I just ordered the “MacArthur one year bible” I LOVE IT! Not sure if it’s considered a plan… but that’s what i like.
    Also, I got through Leviticus by listening to it on CD while washing the dishes every day. =) It made doing dishes seem enjoyable.

  2. Liz Roeder says:

    Nichole–I can relate to what you said about struggling through certain books of the Bible. I was working my way through the bible starting in Genesis and got bogged down in Ezekiel. I found myself going back to the New Testament books which I’m more familiar and comfortable with and like to “camp out” in. Your plan sounds like a great way to read many books at once and not get bogged down like I did. Thanks for sharing this and for the helpful chart.

  3. Hi Nicole,
    The Bible reading program sounds a lot like Professor Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System. Website is:
    http://nwbingham.com/blog/new-bookmarks-professor-grant-horners-bible-reading-system/

    Thanks for the great chart idea for keeping track of where you are in the reading!

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