Bible Reading Plans

Directly reading the Bible is an essential part of growing in your faith with Christ. As a new follower of Christ, the Bible can be a hard book to get through or understand. It is not like a normal book and does not have to read cover to cover, starting at the beginning. In fact, we have found that sometimes it is best to start somewhere other than the beginning (which is the book of Genesis) in order to be able to read the whole Bible!

If you are new Bible reader, we suggest that you start with one of the Gospels, which are about the life of Jesus. These are found in the New Testament of the Bible (towards the back 1/4 of the Bible). In fact, for most children and many adults, we recommend starting with the Gospel of Mark. Why? it is the shortest of the Gospels and requires less knowledge about history, culture or rest of the Bible. Another great starting book in the Bible is the book of Acts, which is found also in the New Testament right after the Gospel of John. Acts is a narrative book which tells the stories of what happens to the early followers of Christ after he went back to Heaven. Here is where you'll find out about the Apostle Paul and his missionary journeys to tell people about Jesus.

If you want to embark on reading more of the Bible, we have collected a few different reading plans. These plans will help you walk through the Bible in a systematic way. It takes an average reader 80 hours to read the entire Bible. If you spend 10 to 15 minutes a day, you can read it in a year.


Essential Jesus Reading Plan

This reading plans covers 100 passages in scripture which follow the storyline of Jesus from the Old Testament through the New Testament. During the 2012-2013 ministry year, we are taking the challenge of reading 2 or 3 of these passages a week so that we finish all 100 by the end of the school year. To find out more and download the reading plan, visit our EJesus page.

Essential 100 Reading Plan

This reading plans covers 100 passages in scripture that every Christian should be familiar with. To find out more and download the reading plan, visit our E100 page.

Distributed Reading Plan

This format breaks the Bible up by sections, and has you read from different sections each day of the week. On Monday, you'll read from the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible, also known as the Law books or the Books of Moses.) Tuesday, you will read from the different Old Testament history books. Wednesday is the poetry and wisdom books day. Thursday will contain sections from the Old Testament prophets. Friday you will read from the four Gospels and the book of Acts. Saturday is are different New Testament letters. And Sunday are readings from the Psalms. You will cover the entire Bible in the year, without having to be a single book everyday.Note: this reading plan was developed from he Prayer Point magazine produced by Samaritan's Purse.
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The One Year Bible Format

Each day contains a passage from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. You can find out more about this plan by visiting OneYearBibleOnline.com
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The One Year Chronological Bible Format

The one year chronological reading plan contains the entire text of the bible arranged in the order the events actually occurred. This unique viewpoint allows you to read the whole Bible as a single story and to see the unfolding of God's plan in history.
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The New Testament Chronological Bible Format

Read the New Testament in the order that the events happened, or the various letters were written. This method lets you see the common story of Jesus within the Gospels..
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New Testament in 90 Days

If you want to try a reading plan for a shorter period of time, you can try to read the New Testament in 90 days using this simple plan of 10 to 15 minutes a day.
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