Read and Study God’s Word
We all know that reading the Bible is important, but many Christians face challenges in doing it on a regular basis and in a meaningful way. A Bible reading plan may just be the solution you need.
Here are some possible systematic Bible reading plans to consider. There’s no need to wait for the beginning of the year (or a month) to start reading; feel free to start any plan at any time. Just jump in and begin. There’s no need to catch up what you missed.
If this is your first time reading the Bible, we recommend starting with the New Testament. If this seems a bit overwhelming, check out the monthly reading plans. (Save the Old Testament and entire Bible plans for later.)
Here is a summary of your options, starting with the most accessible and helpful
- Monthly Bible reading plans (3 to 4 minutes a day)
- Read the New Testament in a year (3 to 4 minutes a day, Mon-Fri)
- Read the Old Testament in a year (10 to 12 minutes a day)
- Read the Entire Bible in a year (12 to 15 minutes a day)
The least effective way to read the Bible is to start on page 1 and read straight through to the end. The different sections, or books, of the Bible are grouped by category more than in chronological order, so a sequential reading doesn’t make much sense.
How ever you choose to proceed, we encourage you to develop a practice to read, study, and mediate on the word of God.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.