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New Year 2017: A Bible Reading Action Plan


I republished this from last year (2016) to help people think through Bible reading for the year.


Jesus says “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Luke 21:33)  If we are to believe Jesus here, we quickly realize that there is nothing more eternally valuable than committing to reading the inspired Word of God in 2017.  To help you invest your time in such a valuable endeavor, let me challenge you read more of the Bible in 2017 than you did in 2016.

Key to any successful plan of Bible-intake, you need a time, a place, and a plan.  In this Weekender, I want to give you a good plan to follow by providing a number of resources on the internet.  

First, my personal favorite has always been the Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan, and I have used it many times over the past 15 years.  It still is my top recommendation for reading through the entire Bible as it makes reading through the Bible very accessible.

Second, the ESV Study Bible Daily Bible Reading Plan.  It is a lot more aggressive than the Discipleship Journal plan,  as it has you reading certain books twice: Psalms, Isaiah, Luke, and Romans.

Third, if you are looking for a helpful but less intensive plan because you are worried about not being able to finish, I would recommend the New Testament in a Year Plan, especially if you have never read the entire New Testament.  The life and testimony of Jesus is so important, that we cannot even think that we will grow in Christ without a growing familiarity of the New Testament.  We includes this Plan in our January 2016 newsletter (out last Sunday) if you want to pick one up.

While I recommend one of the three plans above for your reading in 2016, there are bunches of other plans available too.  I’ll quickly mention some.

Fourth, the one that has intrigued me the most, but I haven’t done yet, is the chronological Bible reading plan where each section of each book is read in its historical order. A handful of people in our church have done this with great encouragement.  I need to see Jesus in the gospels through the whole year, so waiting until October is a bit too much for me, so I doubt I will ever do this one.

Fifth, here is a Two-Year Bible Reading Plan, helpful for a more paced study through the book.

There are other Bible Reading Plans available through:

The Discipleship Journal Web Site

ESV Study Bible Web Site (includes tablet and smart phone resources)

In what seems to be an unparalleled offering of Bible Reading plans, for 2016, Ligonier Ministries compiled a lengthy resource for Bible Reading plans, and it is worth looking at.

Finally, we must not dismiss the availability of online tools for reading the Bible. I know many people who use YouVersion (or bible.comto provide a daily Bible reading plan. It is a great app for your phone and you can customize it for the Bible reading you want to do. They even have short and long devotionals available. This year (2017) I see a 21 day challenge that they are helping their users implement. They also have a plan for reading the entire Bible in a year.

I pray that in 2017, that you will continue to know the blessings of lives saturated in God’s Word.

Check out the reading plans, read God’s Word, and take care how you listen!


January 2, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. Thank you for sharing these; have read through a few of these.
    Blessings for your doctoral studies at Westminster and the new year. ~ Fran

    Comment by francesrogers | January 2, 2017 | Reply

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