It’s been said, “Sin will keep your from this Book and this Book will keep you from sin.” That saying has proven itself true over and over again. But the Bible does something far more wonderful than keep us from sinning. The word of God teaches us who He is, what He has done for us, what He is doing for us now, and what He will do for us in the future. The Bible is far more about how our God reveals Himself and speaks to us then it is a “manual for how to live.”
The sad part is that many Christians attempt to walk with Christ without spending much time letting Him speak. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament tell us the story of Jesus (Luke 24:25-27; Hebrews 1:1-4). Our God has written us a letter, a living letter. We would do well to know what He has written to us.
But we need to be careful that we don’t turn Scripture reading into a daily task or self-righteous exercise. The Bible never tells us that a Christian must read the Bible in a year. We are told that we are to know the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27) and should meditate upon God’s self-disclosure to us (Deut. 6:7; 32:46; Ps. 119:11, 15, 23, 93, 99; 143:5). Therefore, we need to be people who regularly dine with the Lord through the nourishment of His word.
As Joel Beeke writes:
As oil lubricates an engine, so meditation facilitates the diligent use of means of grace (reading of Scripture, hearing sermons, prayer, and all other ordinances of Christ), deepens the marks of grace (repentance, faith, humility), and strengthens one’s relationships to others (love to God, to fellow Christians, to one’s neighbors at large).
Thomas Watson put it like this:
“A Christian without meditation is like a solider without arms, or a workman without tools. Without meditation the truths of God will not stay with us; the heart is hard, and the memory is slippery, and without meditation all is lost.”
The following tools are just that—tools. They are tools to help you towards knowing, understanding, and loving the whole counsel of God. The only plan that is not ok before God is NO PLAN. Hopefully you will find one of these plans helpful and stick with it because regardless what plan you use God promises that His word will not accomplish its purpose in you (Is. 55:11).
Help for any plan:
- Checklist to track progress - Bible Reading Record PDF
- The Gospel Transformation Bible - ESV Gospel Transformation Bible
This Bible does not give verse by verse commentary but helps connect the gospel to every section of Scripture. This is a phenomenal resource if you want to better understand how the Bible is all about Jesus!
- Study - MacArthur Study Bible
This Bible will offer notes on most verses/section to provide better understanding.
- Free online Bible commentaries - Blue Letter Bible Commentaries
- Electronic Bibles and Resources - Blue Letter Bible
- 2 Year Bible Plan - 2 Year Bible Plan
Allows for slower and more concentrated reading
Read through the Bible in 2 years and Psalms/Proverbs 4 times
- 1 Year Bible Plan - 1 Year Bible Plan PDF
- 1 Year Chronological Bible Plan - 1 Year Chronological Bible Plan PDF
Did you know that the books in the Bible are not grouped in the order they happened? There is a reason why they are grouped the way they are, but this is a good plan if you want to read the books in the order they transpired.
- Audio - ESV app
roughly 12 minutes per day
- A book with a 365 day plan with explanatory commentary from D.A. Carson - For The Love Of God (D.A. Carson)
- Challenging and Unique Bible reading plan - Professor Grant Horners Bible Reading System
This is for those that have good reading habits and a longer amount of time to devote to Scripture reading (approximately 35-60 minutes per day)
You will read 10 chapters a day from different parts of the Bible
Advantage: you will read the Bible a lot and will make connections between different books of the Bible that you have never seen before.
- Master books of the Bible - How To Change Your Mind
This plan doesn’t focus as much on a timetable as it does on mastering each book of the Bible one at a time.