Bible reading plans… A roundup.

Well as promised, here are some Bible reading plans and related thoughts:

  1. “Wielding the Word” is my presentation of the Robert Murray M’Cheyne Bible reading plan. Suitable for reading 4 or 2 Chapters a day. This plan has become one of the better known schemes for reading through the Bible in a year. The pdf files comprise a cover and the body of the booklet. My apologies for the separate files but I originally created this a couple of years ago and dated the cover. Needless to say its a lot easier to remove pages from a pdf file than it is to add them!
    The booklet also includes a suggested Scripture memory verse for each week of the year, which came from Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis.
  2. I have found it useful to have a simple plan to read through OT and NT at the same time. If you read three chapters of the OT and 1 of the NT a day (obviously allowing for unusual situations like Psalm 119) then you will get through the whole Bible in around a year.
  3. If you are fairly new to daily Bible reading, how about planning to read through the NT and Psalms this year? This can be achieved by reading one chapter a day, and doubling up on the shorter Psalms. Consider breaking up your reading of the four gospels in order to spread them throughout the year. You could try reading in the following order. Luke, Acts, Matthew, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Mark, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, Mark, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, Revelation.
  4. I would highly recommend the two volumes by D.A.Carson entitled “For the Love of God.” which follow and comment on the readings in the M’Cheyne Plan. Pdf files of the volumes are available on the net [Vol 1; Vol 2] and a daily devotion is available by signing up to an email list here.
  5. Find it hard to concentrate? How about listening and reading at the same time? My preferred translation [ESV] is available free to listen online. All their devotional plans provide a “listen” button so you can follow the written words. Biblegateway provides free audio of a number of different versions including the NIV.
  6. Use one Bible, and a pen as you read God’s word in 2010. My Plan next year is to use a ‘wide’ margin Bible and force myself to interact with what I’m reading by making notes and observations on the page of the Bible itself. I’m one of those people who find it easier to think with a pen or pencil in hand, and at the end of the day, as someone P1020988once said, we don’t read the Scriptures with the aim of getting through them, but with the aim of getting them through us! By the way, – this may be a bit nerdy, but If you are looking for a pen that won’t bleed through thin Bible paper, the best I have found so far is an exceptionally fine gel pen, the Pilot G-Tec C4. They are a little hard to get and being a total pen and pencil geek,I tend to buy pens online here. (I know – its very sad!)
  7. Y.G.I.A.G.A.M.G. “You What?” I hear you say! It means: “Your Google is as good as my Google.” There are lots of plans for reading the Scriptures out there, and number of people have put their own together and been gracious enough to put them on the web. They vary, because people vary. This one is a little unusual, and I’m not sure it would work for me, though I can see the logic, and am sure it would work for some. Discipleship Journal offers three different plans depending on preference. The point is not which plan we follow, but that we read and attend to God’s Word.

So… Will you plan to treasure Jesus by reading God’s word this coming year?


1 Comment

  1. Thanks Graham for some very interesting options (even the pen!). Jason rates Biblegateway very highly and uses that daily. However, being a ‘hold the Bible in your hand’ kind of person, I am looking at the other possibilities with interest. Lovely to have such a positive new year resolution and one I can keep with enthusiasm.

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