The history of Christian Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, is an unfolding plan of redemption. Today I’ll briefly explain to you the nuts and bolts of Bible reading. As I said last week, I consider Bible reading as reading extended passages for the sake of comprehension. The goal is a greater breadth of knowledge, seeking to understand more of God’s redemptive plan from Genesis to Revelation.
The more we understand God’s plan in God’s Word, the more we’ll understand our place in His world. The more we understand God’s redemptive purposes, the more we’ll come to love our personal Redeemer. And really, all the Scripture is all about that redeemer: Jesus. In Luke 24:44, Jesus said, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”
I want to offer you some solutions so that you can choose a Bible reading plan that works for you. I’ll share 3 options: my own plan, a modified Bible-in-a-year plan, and a basic New Testament plan
My Own Plan
15 minutes of reading. 5 pages a day. Some traditional Bible-in-a-year plans encourage something daily like “3 chapters in the Old Testament, 1 in the New Testament.” The math works but some chapters are longer than others, so the length of time I would need to commit would change day to day. So I’ve tried to simplify it. How many pages are in my Bible? 1825. How many days are in the year? 365. How many pages should I read? 5. That takes me about 15 minutes a day. This has worked for me. Maybe it can work for you too.
A Modified Plan
This one is from author Robby Gallaty. It’s a good plan for those who want to read the whole Bible but feel intimidated by some parts. I like it for three reasons. First, it’s a foundational plan. Job is hard to read. The second half of Exodus is hard to read too. It’s “foundational” because it includes the basic narrative for all books of the Bible but doesn’t include the challenging sections. Second, it’s only 5 days a week, not 7 days a week, so there is breathing room if you miss a day. Third, there is an accompanying book with weekly devotionals for adults, teens, and kids.
New Testament In A Year Plan
This one is the easiest to bite off for most people. There are 260 chapters in the New Testament. If you read 1 chapter in the New Testament 5 times a week, you’ll read through the whole New Testament in a year. It's also only 5 days a week and it’s only 1 chapter a day, which could be as short as 2 minutes and as long as 5 minutes. An organization called “The Navigators” put together a helpful pdf so you can track your progress.
So what’s your plan? I’m praying that our church would be more inspired to read more of the Scriptures more often. I’m praying that when we establish consistent habits, we’ll say the same thing that was said in Luke 24:32, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”