An idea of various Bible reading plans

An idea of various Bible reading plans


The advantages are apparent. Just as everything in life wants to be planned, if it is to succeed, so should our Bible reading be planned. Yesterday I 5 reasons why you read your Bible with plan solltes t , listed. Of course, I really want to tell you about the different options you have when planning to read your Bible.

One chapter a day

The simplest plan is to read a chapter every day. This plan is simple, but not exactly challenging. The problem is, you don’t have a goal to challenge you. If you don’t read for a day, you are not behind schedule and therefore not challenged to do it.

Of course, if you don’t have another plan, this simple plan is better than nothing, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

[In the following I will present some plans that are only available in English. This shouldn’t put you off, however, because the English names for the books of the Bible are often similar to the German names. If this is not the case, they can be inferred from the context.]

Reading the New Testament

If you are young in the faith, your first plan should be to read through the New Testament. I would recommend doing it as soon as possible if you haven’t already.

in a month

If you want to be challenged, read through the New Testament in a month. Do this 10 months in a row and you have laid a very good foundation for your life of faith.

I have created a division of the New Testament into 30 days for you. You can download it from the following link.

Read the New Testament in a month

in 6 months

If the monthly New Testament plan is too much for you, I recommend a more relaxed plan. With this plan you can get through the New Testament in 6 months. The reading workload is of course less, but it gives you more time to think about what you have read, which is also valuable.

in a year

The navigators have a plan that looks very interesting. It’s called 5x5x5 , one reads through the one year bible plan. It takes 5 minutes to read 5 days a week. There are five different ways to study the text in more depth in the plan.

Anyone who speaks English should definitely take a look at these paths. If you are really looking for a plan that contains short texts, this is very good for you.

The 5x5x5 Plan  (unfortunately only in English)

Book by book

I would also like to recommend that you read a New Testament book month after month to study it intensively. This is a different approach and not so much like simple Bible reading, but I want to mention it here anyway. Longer books, like the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles, are good for months, while shorter letters can be studied in a week. Decide what you’re interested in.

Reading the whole Bible

Many Christians have never read the entire Bible through in their lifetime.

If you’ve been a Christian for a few years, I would definitely recommend reading the Bible through completely.  You can plan to read the Bible through in a year or two or more. Let’s go through them one by one.

In a year through the Bible

My favorite plan is the Navigators’ Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan . John Piper, a well-known American pastor, highly recommends this plan.

The advantage is that you read four different places in the Bible every day. The variety of the different texts enriches reading a lot.

On the other hand, the plan is only set up for 25 days a month, so that at the end of a month there is always time to catch up. This option is very important to stay tuned. My friend translated the plan with a lot of work. You can find it under the following link

Discipleship Bible Reading Plan

The Chronological Bible Reading Plan You probably know that the books of the Bible are not always arranged in chronological order. This plan can help you to get a better understanding of how the individual texts of the Bible should be chronologically arranged.

The plan is challenging because it doesn’t give you a day to catch up. So you have to stay tuned, otherwise you will be quickly discouraged.

The Chronological Bible Reading Plan  (unfortunately only in English)

The Plan by Robert Murray M’Cheyne M’Cheyne was a 19th century Scottish pastor. His plan takes the reader once through the Old Testament and twice through the New Testament and the Psalms.

I find it interesting how M’Cheyne divides the 4 different daily readings. He has provided two readings for family reading and two for reading in private. I am thinking a lot about using this plan next year.

Through the Bible in two years

I also consider this plan valuable. Stephen Wittmer created it. In this plan, you will read through the Old and New Testaments over two years, reading through the Psalms and Proverbs four times. It is good that there are days to catch up.


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