Reading the Bible is a crucial part of everyone’s Christian walk. However, I am aware that the Bible can sometimes be difficult to understand and get the hang of. Nevertheless, I speak from experience when I say that once you get into a routine, it is one of the most satisfying habits you can create.
Coming into the new year, we all have goals and things that we want to accomplish. One of my personal goals for this year is to continue to grow in my spiritual life. To get there, the first thing that comes to mind, of course, is to improve my Bible reading skills and consistency, for which I have looked into different Bible reading plans.
But before telling you about some options, I have to say that you’ll probably have to try them out for a little bit and see which one works best for you. As you choose a plan that appeals to you, I invite you to make it your own. You don’t have to follow the exact Bible reading plan. After all, we are all on different paths with the Lord, and we all have different routines. So, the best plan for you is one you can stick to.
- Chronological: This means reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Reading the Bible in chronological order can be helpful because you get to see how God has acted in different times of history. However, be aware that many people get lost when they get to Leviticus, so it might be difficult to stick to this plan if you’re just beginning your spiritual walk.
- Gospel Plan: If you are not sure where to begin, or you are a new Christian, this is a really good place to kick off. Starting in Matthew and finishing with John will give you an idea of who Jesus was on earth, and it will show you the center of the entire Bible. This will help you get good context for the rest of the Bible once you move on from the four gospels.
- Thematic reading plan: This plan consists of jumping back and forth throughout the Bible reading related chapters every day. For example, on day one you would read Psalm 148, Genesis 1 and 2, and Ephesians 1 because they all have the same overall theme. This is a very good plan if you are wanting to get more context to a passage within the Bible.
- Chapter and a half: This is a two-year reading plan. Assuming that you don’t skip any days, you should be able to read the Bible in an average of two years. This Bible plan consist of reading one chapter and half of the next one every day (or an average of 40-50 verses every day).
- Daily Proverb: This is a very good plan no matter where you are on your spiritual walk. If you’re looking for inspiration or motivation, this is a great plan for you. Not only is this plan easy to follow, it is also simple to understand if you have a hard time focusing. Just pick a month with 31 days, and read one chapter each day corresponding to the month’s date.
Epistles reading plan: This is a great reading plan for someone who is just getting started on their personal relationship with God, but who has enough knowledge to skip the gospels. The plan consists of reading Paul’s epistles starting with Romans all the way through Jude, and then moving to the rest of the Bible. This reading plan is a good starting point if you are wanting to know more about the character of God, but not necessarily about Jesus’ time on earth.