READ THE BIBLE
IN A YEAR
5 Day Bible Reading Plan
This year our church desires to read through the Bible in one year as many people do every year. Although many strive, this is a hard yet refreshing endeavor. This 5-day Bible reading plan is one which will help you make progress. I printed out some copies and gave them out at New Years and small group.
A couple articles below to help out with daily reading
A few audio excerpts from Ask Pastor John
Click here to download the 5 Day Bible Reading Plan.
Why a Bible Reading Plan?
Thoughts from Robert Murray M'Cheyne
The whole Bible will be read through in an orderly manner in the course of a year. I fear many of you never read the whole Bible; and yet it is all equally Divine, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect.” If we pass over some parts of Scripture, we shall be incomplete Christians.
Time will not be wasted in choosing what portions to read. Often believers are at a loss to determine towards which part of the mountains of spices they should bend their steps. Here the question will be solved at once in a very simple manner.
Friends will have a regular subject to discuss. The calendar will be helpful in this. Friends, also, when they meet, will have a subject for profitable conversation in the portions read that day. The meaning of difficult passages may be inquired from the more judicious and ripe Christians, and the fragrance of simpler Scriptures spread abroad.
The pastor will know in what part of the pasture the flock are feeding. He will thus be enabled to speak more suitably to them on the Sabbath; and both pastor and elders will be able to drop a word of light and comfort in visiting from house to house, which will be more readily responded to.
The sweet bond of Christian love and unity will be strengthened. We shall be often led to think of those dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, here and elsewhere, who agree to join with us in reading those portions. We shall oftener be led to agree on earth, touching something we shall ask of God. We shall pray over the same promises, mourn over the same confessions, praise God in the same songs, and be nourished by the same words of eternal life.
More specifically in terms of Scripture itself, you can find the reasons under the first section of core values.
How does it work?
Step 1: Download the 5-day Bible reading plan, print it, and place it in the front of your Bible.
Step 2: Plan a time and a place where you will read daily.
Step 3: Daily pray for God to help you understand Scripture. One helpful tool I use is the IOUS prayer by John Piper.
Step 4: Watch once the Read Scripture series of the specific book(s) you are reading. This helps to give an overview of the book before you start (click here for OT, and here for NT). I will post the video of the books that will follow the plan on this page (below).
Step 5: Start reading! There are readings for only 5 days which gives a couple days to catch up, or the weekends to read something on your own, or to go back and study more in depth the weekly reading.
Blessings to all in this endeavor. There is truly nothing greater or better you can do for your relationship with God than to be in Word and prayer.
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105