Reading Plan

CC BY, Ryk Neethling, Flickr
CC BY, Ryk Neethling, Flickr

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.

1 Matthew 19 Genesis 37 Psalms
2 Mark 20 Exodus 38 Psalms
3 Luke 21 Leviticus 39 Proverbs
4 John 22 catchup week 40 Eccl./Song Solo.
5 Acts 23 Numbers 41 Isaiah
6 Romans 24 Deuteronomy 42 Jeremiah/Lam.
7 1 Corinthians 25 Joshua 43 Ezekiel
8 2 Corinthians 26 Judges/Ruth 44 catchup week
9 Galatians/Ephesians 27 1 Samuel 45 Daniel
10 Philippians/Colossians 28 2 Samuel 46 Hosea/Joel
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
14 Titus/Philemon 32 2 Chronicles 50 Zechariah
15 Hebrews 33 catchup week 51 Malachi
16 James/1&2 Peter 34 Ezra/Neh./Esther 52 catchup week
17 1-3 John/Jude 35 Job    
18 Revelation 36 Psalms    

5 thoughts on “Reading Plan

  1. I love the idea of catch up weeks. I’m presently studying Ezekiel and Joel. I’m also reading commentaries as I go. I never realized how awesome Ezekiel was to read.

    1. You know, the Old Testament is much more fascinating than the New Testament. The prophets are some amazing literature and spirituality. The Old really makes the New…pop. Cheers!

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