Need motivation? Check out Why You Don’t Read Your Bible And How To Start.
Some Great Overall Guidance: 20 Tips For Personal Devotions, Jim 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 DJ
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 Plan
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 Matthew, Gospel of Mark, Gospel of Luke, Gospel of John and Proverbs.
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 Plan
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 Plan
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 Plan
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 Plan
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 Plan
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 Program
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
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.
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 Bookmarks.
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