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Bible Reading Plans
Have you ever read the entire Bible? The New Testament? The Gospels? Romans? If you are like many, the answer is "One of these days I'll get around to it." But "one of these days" never seems to arrive.
The good news is that if you have managed to establish the habit, there is no reason not to incorporate a Bible Reading Plan into your daily Quiet Time. Or you can use a reading plan to jump start daily Quiet Time.
There is nothing like spending time in Scripture daily. Certainly we might feel the need to read a specific bit of Scripture on occasion. But there can be a great deal of satisfaction (and benefit) in following a daily reading plan that allows us to read the entire Bible - or a specific portion - over time. Not "one of these days," but starting now. To read the entire Bible in a year takes about 15 minutes a day, every day, so keep that in mind when choosing a plan.
Most plans can begin at any time, but some one-year plans are designed to begin Jan 1.
Recommendations always welcome.
Printable Reading Plans:
Checkbox: Strictly speaking, this isn't a 'reading plan' at all. Rather it is a pdf document with a checkbox for each chapter of the Bible. You can read the Bible in any order you wish, over any time frame, checking chapters off as you read them. Print it out, stick in in your Bible, and start keeping track of your reading.
Bible Reading Plan for Beginners: This is a plan in the form of a printable pdf document that covers about 40% of the Bible in 170 days. As its title indicates, it is intended for those without a strong background in the Bible. It is a good way to get a solid grounding in the Bible before tackling the whole enchilada.
"Genres" Style Bible in a Year: Another plan in pdf form. Each day of the week, you'll read a different 'genre'; Sunday for the Gospels. Monday for the Law, Tuesday for History, etc. Organized Sunday through Saturday for 52 weeks, so it is easiest to begin on a Sunday. From Alex Tran's website where there are a number of additional reading plans.
New Testament in a Year: This is a printable pdf, organized Sunday through Saturday for 52 weeks. Covers one book of the NT at a time, but the books are not covered in sequence. From the State College Evangelical Free Church.
70 Bible Reading Plans: Too few options? Here are pdf plans for all occasions, from five days to two years!
Online Reading Plans:
Bible Gateway Reading Plans: Bible Gateway is one of my favorite Bible Resource sites. You will need to set up an account (free) with them. They have over a dozen different plans which you can visit or subscribe to. You can begin each plan today, and for subscriptions you will receive daily email reminders. You may get some other emails as well, but nothing particularly annoying and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you check your email regularly, this is a good way to go.
Bible Study Tools Reading Plans: Bible Study Tools is another great resource site. They offer a bunch of reading plans, which not only can be started any day, but are customizable. You can even take notes online.
Back to the Bible Reading Plans: These plans are a cross between printable and online. Some of the short plans just list the readings, while the longer ones allow you to bring up the text online (from Bible Gateway). Although you can begin any time, the one-year plans are designed to being Jan 1, so you would be starting in the middle if you begin on a different date.
Make Space for What Matters: Here there are so many plans in so many forms that it is hard to describe. The sheer volume may be intimidating. But there are a vast number of "topical" plans that may be just what you need to get started.
Top 11 Best Bible Reading Plans: Are they really the best 11? Who knows? But several are available in a variety of formats, so you might want to check them out.
There are apps for everything, so of course there are apps for Bible reading plans - over 200 for Android alone. Just search the app store for "bible reading plans."