I created the following Bible reading plan for two reasons: 1) I have read perhaps 80 percent of the Bible but never cover-to-cover and 2) I get frustrated with most other plans because they make the scriptures feel like a chore, skipping between the Testaments.
So starting with the New Testament I designed this 52-week plan that allows me to read one book per week at my discretion. I read for 10 weeks and then have a “catchup week.” There are five catchup weeks in the plan.
The good thing about this plan is that, assuming your own motivation, it helps you stay caught up on your reading because invariably you will cover books, especially in the New Testament, that can be completed in just a few minutes or a day. Remember, this is just a reading plan, not a time for deep study.
Books are read in order (Matthew to Revelation, Genesis to Malachi) with reasonable combinations (1-3 John/Jude). And if you can believe it, the plan allows three weeks to complete Psalms!
Now if you’re “in the market” for a Bible reading plan (and you know if you need one!), look this over and implement it. You don’t have to wait for the start of the year; instead, start this week. Achieve a goal and, more importantly, increase your Bible literacy.
|4||John||22||catchup week||40||Eccl./Song Solo.|
|8||2 Corinthians||26||Judges/Ruth||44||catchup week|
|11||catchup week||29||1 Kings||47||Amos/Obadiah Jonah|
|12||1&2 Thessalonians||30||2 Kings||48||Micah/Nahum Habakkuk|
|13||1&2 Timothy||31||1 Chronicles||49||Zeph./Haggai|
|16||James/1&2 Peter||34||Ezra/Neh./Esther||52||catchup week|