Bible Reading Plan
Perhaps the most important goal you can have as a believer in 2019 is to read God’s Word with regularity and devotion. In a world that view absolute truth as subject to individual interpretation, the Bible’s claims and stories seems obsolete to many modern minds. However, the Bible has not changed and is as relevant now as it ever has been. What has changed is the number of people who consult it. Now more than ever, the need to read and study the Bible, to understand the big picture of its storyline, and to grasp the relevance it has for your life is critical.
The plan that I am promoting this year was developed by our friends at Replicate Ministries. It is a New Testament plan that will take you all the way through the 27 books of the New Testament in a year’s time.
The Foundations: New Testament plan consists of only one chapter a day. Yes, you read that right! That means anyone can do it, no matter how fast or slow a reader you are. I’m excited about this plan because it will afford us the opportunity this year to slow down and savor the goodness of God in the gospel.
One downside of yearly reading plans is that we can approach them in a mechanical sort of way. We rush through the daily readings so we can check a box. Let me encourage you to slow down and really meditate on what you read. Read with a pen or highlighter in your hand so you can underline or circle words and phrases. Keep a journal and write down insights that the Holy Spirit impresses upon your heart. If you’ve never done this before, you can use the helpful journaling tool that was developed by Quentin Self, our Disciple-Making Pastor.
If you’ve never regularly read the Bible before, let me tell you that you are in for a wonderful journey in 2019! My prayer for you is that this year becomes a year of great growth in your life. The most important thing for you to remember is that the Author of the book is with you as you read and He wants you to know Him! It just doesn’t get any better than that.
Here are a variety of other reading plans that you can check out and use at your convenience:
Developed by Robby Gallaty, this reading plan is called the Foundational 260. The F-260 is a two hundred and sixty day reading plan that highlights the foundational passages of Scripture that every disciple should know. This is a very manageable plan that believers who have never read through the Bible can complete.
This plan includes daily Bible reading passages from the Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms.
This plan includes daily readings from all the various types of literature in the Bible, daily Psalms or Wisdom Literature; the Pentateuch or the History of Israel; Chronicles or Prophets; and the Gospels or Epistles.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne was a 19th century pastor and preacher who lived in Scotland. Among his legacy is this well-known plan for reading the Bible. His plan takes the reader through the the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice per year.
This plan is a daily reading plan that will take a person through the New Testament in six months.