Over the years I have come to believe that reading the Bible through regularly (usually every year) is the best discipline for spiritual growth, despite the difficult challenges that can cause you to quit reading or apply Christ’s word to your life. There are so many ways to read the Bible, that it is sometimes difficult to choose just one way, because we want to do it all now. Nevertheless, you need choose a way to read the Bible regularly and devotionally. First you must choose your method. For example, you can choose between the following:
- A Bible-in-a-Year reading plan
- An Old and New Testament simultaneous yearly reading plan (or another kind of segmented plan)
- A Chronical, Literary, Historical, Kingdom, or Thematic Reading of the Bible in a year.
- A Specialty reading plans that take you through different parts of the Bible on different days, weeks, or months.
- A Blended Reading Plan.
- Reading the Bible in some way over 2 or 3 years.
I would also look at some of the following Reading helps that you can purchase to read along with your Bible to help you gain a broad understand of the daily readings:
The Bible Reader’s Companion: Your Guide to Every Chapter of the Bible by Laurance O. Richards
Reader’s Companion to the 5 dayBible Reading Program (2017) download- See Below for the plan (Option: buy from Amazon)
Here are some articles on Regular Scheduled Bible Reading
Reading the Whole Bible in 2016: AN FAQ
An article filled with all sorts of helps. Even answers the Question: How long does it take to read the Bible in a year? (Answer: 10 minutes a day)
Great Everyday Through the Whole Bible Plans (My Favorites)
Bible Pathway Devotional through the entire Bible (with Daily Commentary) – (Option: You can purchase a monthly printed version) (Download a free online version at SBC Devotions here or at Christianity today here)
Bible Pathway is a daily devotional broken up into 15 minutes per day to allow you to complete the Bible in a year.
Book at a time Bible Reading Plan
It provides two readings for each day. The first reading alternates between Old and New Testament books. The second reading takes you through a chapter of the wisdom literature and Isaiah.
5 Day Bible Readin)Program (2017) (Free) – (click here for explanation) – see the Readers Companion to this program above
The Five Day Bible Reading Schedule’s secret is that you only have to read five times a week, not every day. This allows time for catching up, taking a day off, read other parts of the Bible to prepare for Bible class, etc.
Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan
By reading from four separate places in the Scripture every day, you should be able to better grasp the unity of the Scriptures, as well as enjoy the variety of seeing four different viewpoints. You can begin at any point of the year.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan
Read the New Testament and Psalms twice and the Old Testament once.
The Kingdom Bible Reading Plan (PDF)
The KINGDOM Bible Reading Plan gives you three Old Testament readings per day and the New getting one reading per day over 25 days per month. In a single year, one reads through Psalms twice and all other biblical books once.
ESV Bible Reading Plans
Chronological Bible Reading Plan (www.esv.org/biblereadingplans)
Daily Reading Bible (www.esv.org/biblereadingplans)
Speciality Reading place you should consider
Bible Reading Plan Websites and Articles
Bible Plan (with option for: Daily Bible Email Reading Reminders)
Bible Pathway Devotional through the Entire Bible (with Daily Commentary) – (You can purchase a monthly printed version)
Other Reading Plans
The Read Scripture Plan (from the Bible Project)
Past Posts about Bible Reading