Many people find it helpful to have some kind of
plan or schedule for reading the Bible.
I like the advice of Pastor David Wiesner in regards to Bible reading plans:
“…the Bible doesn’t command “Read the Bible in a Year” plans.
True, there is no justifying righteousness to be earned for finishing one.
True, the means of grace in your church’s Lord’s Day gathering is paramount.
True, it’s okay to start such a plan and not finish because life and Leviticus happen.
But…I can honestly say that I’ve yet to meet a single saint who stuck with such a plan to help with consistent Bible reading, even incompletely, and didn’t grow spiritually.
Christian, pray, read, and listen to lots of Bible this year—even the whole Bible—condemnation free. Delight in Scripture, as with gold or honeycomb (Ps. 19:10). God’s words are life because they testify of Jesus Christ “who is your life”(Col. 3:4).
With God’s help, make your reading an act of resting in Christ. And if a Bible reading plan is useful to this end, go for it!”
So with that in mind, the NH Bible Society is happy to point you to some great options for finding a plan that fits your needs.
Don’t hurry. Take a little time to go through these and see if any of them match your goals and work well within the constraints on your life, commitments, and schedule.
Try it out and let us know how it worked out for you.
Build your Own Bible Reading Plan
Using this simple online tool, you can craft a Bible reading plan that fits your specific requirements for pace, books, translation, and more. Print out your plan to keep in your Bible. Make a new plan on demand if your needs change. This is a great tool available for free by John Dyer.
John Dyer is the Dean of Enrollment and Distance Education and assistant professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He holds a Master of Theology (ThM) degree from DTS, as well as PhD in sociology of religion from Durham University. He is a teacher and speaker, especially on subjects related to technology.
He also works as a coder building tools for large corporations, as well as Bible related tools like bestcommentaries.com, biblewebapp.com, yallversion.com, worship.ai, etc.
You can support John through is Patreon account and read more about him at https://j.hn/
21 Bible Reading Plans from Ligonier
Ligonier sees their mission as proclaiming, teaching, and defending the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible. They provide ways for Christians to read, listen, and gather around God’s truth, including publishing, broadcasting, and gathering.
You can learn more about Ligonier HERE:
Ligonier offers a page on their website with a long list of bible reading plans you can print or subscribe to. Most of them are free. Browse this list and download any that you think will meet your needs.
The Bible Project
BibleProject has over thirty reading plans available on YouVersion’s Bible app.
This is a little different from some of the other Bible reading plans, as the Bible Project plans start looping in online technology to enhance the experience and learning. To use these you will need to download the YouVersion Bible App.
At the bottom of the page, you’ll also find a button that links to a PDF Bible Reading plan that includes links to Bible Project videos and articles to go along with the readings. This a great tool if you don’t want to download an app, but you want to connect to some of the great content offered by the Bible Project.
Click the button below to see the plans available from the Bible project.
The Great Adventure Bible
For our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters, The Great Adventure Bible, the Bible in a Year podcast with Fr. Mike Schmitz, and the Bible Reading Timeline created by Jeff Cavins are great helps. They are approved for Roman Catholics.
You can send for the Timeline for the cost of shipping.
You can enroll to have the reading plan emailed to you.
You can subscribe to the podcast and listen through whatever podcast app you prefer.
Click the button below to check out the Great Adventure Bible plans.
The Orthodox Study Bible
Orthodox Christianity is the face of ancient Christianity to the modern world and embraces the second largest body of Christians in the world. The Orthodox Study Bible presents the Bible commentary from the ancient Christian perspective that speaks to those Christians who seek a deeper experience of the roots of their faith.
You can buy an Orthodox Study Bible from your favorite bookseller.
Click below to download a .PDF of the Bible reading plan designed specifically for the Orthodox Study Bible.