BIBLE READING PLANS
Many of us struggle to consistently read the Bible, even though we have good intentions. Part of the reason this happens is we don’t fully know why it is important to read it. The Gideons International association puts it like this:
“The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practise it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
It is the traveller’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here Paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end.
It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgement,and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labour, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.”
One of the things that can help with the daily discipline of Bible reading is the use of a Bible reading plan. Here are some that you may find helpful:
52-Week Bible Reading Plan
Read through the Bible in a year, with each day of the week dedicated to a different genre: Epistles, The Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, and Gospels.
5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan
Read through the New Testament in a year, reading Monday to Friday. Weekends are set aside for reflection and other reading. This is a great start if you’re new to a daily discipline of Bible reading.
Chronological Bible Reading Plan
Read through the Bible in one year, in the order the events occurred chronologically.
Straight Through the Bible Reading Plan
Read straight through the Bible in one year, from Genesis to Revelation.