Need motivation? Check out Why You Don’t Read Your Bible And How To Start.
Some Great Overall Guidance: 20 Tips For Personal DevotionsJim Elliff’s Preferred Way To Read the Bible and Faithful With Fifteen Minutes.

‘Starter’ Bible-Reading Plans:

THE “5x5x5” PLAN (Read 5 minutes a day for 5 days a week) covers the entire New Testament in a year, reading only five days each week with two days set aside for catch-up. This plan is especially beneficial if you’re new to daily Bible-reading. You can download this plan by clicking here: 5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan from DJScreenshot 2017-12-19 13.34.39

The BIBLE-READING PLAN FOR SHIRKERS AND SLACKERS takes away the pressure (and guilt) of “keeping up” with daily readings to stay on track. It provides a variety of types of Bible-reading through the week (poetry, Penteteuch, OT history, prophets,NT history, NT letters) each day. You can download this plan by clicking here: Shirkers & Slackers PlanSlackers Plan - Graphic

The CHILDREN’S BIBLE-READING PLANS by Rachel Rojo will help you get your kids or grandkids started in a regular Bible-reading discipline. She has developed these easy and creative plans for the four Gospels as well as the Book of Proverbs. You can download these plans here: Gospel of MatthewGospel of MarkGospel of LukeGospel of John and Proverbs.Children's Bible Reading Plan (Gospel of John)

EVERY WORD IN THE BIBLE will help you read through the entire Bible in three years, reading one chapter each day and alternating between the Old Testament and New Testament. You can download the plan here: 3-Year Bible-Reading Plan3-Year Bible-Reading Plan - Graphic

Stephen Witmer’s Plan will help you read through the entire Bible in two years, reading the Old and New Testaments once, and the Psalms and Proverbs four times. You can download the plan here: 2-Year Bible-Reading Plan 

One-Year Bible-Reading Plans:

The 52-Week Bible Reading Plan covers the Bible in one year, with each day of the week dedicated to a different genre: Epistles, The Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, and Gospels. You can download it here: 52 Week Bible-Reading Plan52 Week Bible-Reading Plan - Graphic

The ESV Daily Bible Reading Plan covers the Bible in one year, with four daily readings taken from four lists: Psalms and Wisdom Literature, Pentateuch and History of Israel, Chronicles and Prophets, and Gospels and Epistles. The plan print-out can be cut and used as bookmarks as you read. You can download the plan here: ESV Daily Bible-Reading PlanESV Daily Bible-Reading Plan - graphic

The Discipleship Journal Book-at-a-Time Bible Reading Plan covers the Bible in one year, with two daily readings alternating between the New Testament and Old Testament. To prevent the frustration of falling behind, each month consists of only 25 readings, which gives several days to ‘catch-up’. You can download the plan here: Book-At-A-Time Bible-Reading PlanBook-At-A-Time Bible-Reading Plan - graphic

The Chronological Bible-Reading Plan leads the reader through the Bible in one year in the order the events occurred chronologically, which is an interesting way to read the Bible. Download the plan here: Chronological Bible-Reading PlanChronological Bible-Reading Plan - graphic

The 5-Day Bible Reading Program takes the reader through the entire Bible in one year with a schedule of reading five days a week, which allows you to take two days off.  It is also set up in a chronological format, so that you read through the Bible in the order events happened in history. You can download the plan here: 5-Day Bible Reading ProgramScreenshot 2017-12-19 14.12.39

The ‘Bible-Eater’ Plan will get you through the Bible in one year, with the helpful bonus of the ability to take 4 days off per month! You read 2-3 chapters per day in the Old Testament and 1 chapter per day in the New Testament. There are several quarterly readings to do to keep on schedule with the days off. You can download the plan here: Bible-Eater Reading Plan

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Bible-Reading Plans that will stretch you

The M’Cheyne’s Bible Reading Plan is a favorite of mine that I’ve used multiple times. Robert Murray M’Cheyne was an early 19th-century pastor and preacher who was known for encouraging people to make daily Bible reading part of their lives. His plan takes the reader through the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice per year. This means reading about four chapters a day, taken from different parts of the Bible. M’Cheyne encouraged families to read half of the daily readings together. Click on this link to download the M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan. It’s designed to be printed out and cut into bookmarks that you can use in your Bible to keep track of where you’re reading. You can also LISTEN to theM’Cheyene Plan READINGS on iTunes.M'Cheyne Bible Reading Plan - graphic

Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System is the most ambitious plan I’ve come across. Grant is a professor at John MacArthur’s Master’s College and Seminary. The goal of the plan is to 10 chapters per day that continually moves the reader through various parts of the O.T. and N.T. You can download the plan here: Grant Horner’s Bible-Reading System.  I have made bookmarks printed on cardstock to keep track of my reading in my Bible: Horner’s Bible Reading Plan Bookmarksprofessor-grant-horners-bible-reading-system (4)

Bible-Reading Aids & Guidance

Mark Barry’s Bible-Reading Chart is a colorful and helpful way to keep track of your reading!

“The Swedish Method” of Bible-reading is a great way of reading the Bible TOGETHER with others. It requires no advance preparation other than to remember to bring your Bible when you meet together. Click on this link to download a description of The Swedish Method of Bible-Reading. Here are the handouts I give the guys I meet with: HANDOUTS for the Swedish Method.

Do you find certain parts of the Bible difficult to read through? Check out John Newton’s wise advice on Reading Through Difficult Parts of the Bible.

What do you do with the GENEALOGIES? Check out this brief but helpful advice on Bible Reading and Genealogies.

Want to memorize Scripture? For many years I struggled with memorizing Scripture. Then I found this system, which works well for me: Chris Braun’s System for Long Term Scripture Memorization


  1. Good Morning, Pastor! I shared a link to your Bible Reading Plans page this morning, trying to encourage friends to be in God’s Word everyday. I decided also to read a couple of articles from the links you provided. I discovered that the link to “Here are 10 reasons to spend time in the Word of God every day” at the very top of the page opens a page with a list of recent monthly articles, but I never found the one intended. Just thought I should let you know. Thanks for all that you do and may God richly bless you and your family during this special time of year.

    1. Thanks Dennis! Looks like that article is no longer available, so I removed the link. Thanks for letting me know! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

    1. Jenny, those readings are from the book of PHILEMON, which has only one chapter.
      June 12 – Philemon verses 1-3
      June 13 – Philemon verses 4-7
      June 14 – Philemon verses 8-22
      June 15 – Philemon verses 23-25

  2. I love the “Every Word in the Bible” plan; it allows me to study as much or as little as I like each day. But I’ve found a few errors. Who would I report them to? I don’t see a citation for a source. Did you create it yourself?

    1. That actually came from Ligonier Ministries ( I’m not sure if it is there own creation or not.
      Thanks for your comment! I’m glad you’re finding the plan helpful, even with the errors in it!

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