Bible Reading Plans and Bible Study Helps
God speaks to His people through His Word. It only makes sense, then, that we would want to grow in our understanding of God’s Word. Unfortunately, many Christians are intimidated by Scripture. But they shouldn’t be, for God wants us to know Him through His Word and He gives us His Spirit, as well as the help of other Christians, to make this possible. Although growing in your knowledge of God’s Word through regular Bible reading and study takes effort, it is one of the most spiritually rewarding habits any Christian can undertake.
Having a Plan
One of the best ways to grow in your knowledge of God’s Word is by following a Bible reading plan. Bible reading plans give us a clear structure to follow and they encourage us to read all (or at least a good portion of ) God’s Word throughout the year. We should want to hear from the “whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27), for very word is breathed out by Him (2 Timothy 3:16).
In order to help you in the coming year, here are a few suggestions for Bible reading plans for 2018:
5 Minutes a Day, 5 Days a Week through the New Testament
If Bible reading plans intimidate you, or if you find it difficult to consistently spend time in God’s Word, then this plan offers a slower pace and a manageable goal. It takes you through the entire New Testament in just five minutes a day, five days a week. While it’s important for Christians to read the Old Testament—since it too is God’s Word—this plan is a good way to establish some consistency in your Bible reading while reading every book of the New Testament. (Note: If you find yourself easily meeting your weekly goal, you might consider adding a reading from the Old Testament and/or a Psalm each day. Also, if you complete this plan, you might try reading through the Old Testament next year.)
·M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan
There is both a one-year and two-year version for this plan developed by Robert Murray M’Cheyne. The one-year plan takes readers through the New Testament and Psalms twice a year, and through the rest of the Bible once each year. There are approximately 4 chapters per day.
The two-year version goes at a slower pace, requiring approximately two chapters each day.
The M’Cheyne plan also has accompanying devotionals (written by D.A. Carson). The devotionals can be found here (Volume 1) and here (Volume 2). You can also get free PDF copies of the devotionals here (Volume 1) and here (Volume 2).
Stephen Witmer’s Two-Year Bible Reading Plan
By spreading out the schedule over two years, this plan allows you to slow down and spend more time on each day’s reading. You’ll go through the Old and New Testaments once, but you’ll get through Psalms and Proverbs four times apiece. (You do not have to get the book mentioned in the linked document, though it would be a helpful supplement for your reading and understanding). Also, this plan allows for regular catch-up days!
Tabletalk Magazine Bible Reading Plan
The advantage of this plan is that you are only in two books of the Bible (Old Testament and New Testament) on any given day. This plan will take you through the Bible in one year with about 3–4 chapters per day.