It is vitally important to a Christian’s health and growth that he/she reads through the whole of the Bible regularly. This can be done once a year, once every two years, or even more. The point I want to make is that Christians should be intentional in reading through the whole Bible to let God give you the sweep of what he wanted to communicate to you through the Scriptures which is more than can be mastered by any one person in one’s lifetime. But the challenge isn’t so much to master the Bible as to have God and his word master you. You should have a Bible reading plan. (Click here for other reasons why you should read the Bible).
Here are a few reading plans you can look at.
Tim Chester’s flexible reading plan that goes past a year taking lots of pressure off to finish:
The plan specifies a number of chapters for each week rather than for each day. This makes it more flexible. You can read a chapter or two each day or you can read it in two or three sittings. Or you can set out reading a chapter a day and then catch up at the weekend. It means it fits more readily around people’s lifestyle.
It is designed to be followed with a partner or among a group of people. There is only one section each week (occasionally two shorter books). So you don’t have to read a section from one book and then a section from another book each day. It means the sections are somewhat uneven, but it makes it easy to discuss what you have been reading when you meet up with other people.
We’ve been using it for a year now and it works very well in this way. I meet up with a friend each week for lunch. It’s easy for us to discuss what we’ve been reading because there is only one Bible book to focus on.
It also means I only need look at the Bible plan once a week – I don’t need to refer to it each day.
Following this plan you read the OT in three years and the NT twice in three years. This works out at about nine chapters a week. It means you are not rushing through what you are reading to ‘get it done’. I’ve found with other plans I tend to read it with my mind disengaged. This plan gives time to meditate on the passage.
There is also a version in the document in which you cover the OT once and the NT twice in two years = about 16 chapters a week.
The plan balances OT history, prophecy, wisdom, Gospel and Epistles throughout the year. You move between genres so you’re never faced with reading OT prophecy continuously for six months.
13 reading plans from bibleplan.org:
Whole Bible in a year
Old Testament in a year
New Testament in a year
Old Testament in two years
Words of Jesus 4 times in a year
Whole Bible chronologically in a year
Whole Bible chronologically in a year #2
New Testament Letters 3 times in a year
New Testament & Proverbs twice, Psalms once in a year
New Testament & Psalms twice, rest of Bible once in a year
Proverbs in a month
Gospels in a month
Psalms in a month