I shared with you on Sunday how one of the most important things you can do to grow in Christian maturity is to regularly read the Bible, internalize it, and shape your life by it. As you get ready to start a new year, let me encourage you to prioritize Bible reading. Here are some resources to help you.
Printable Bible Reading Plans: Please download PDFs from http://versaillescc.com/downloads/
5 Day Bible Reading Program: The Bible consists of different sections. This plan gives you a reading from the Old Testament, the Poetry Books (Psalms, Proverbs, etc.), and the New Testament each weekday. You’ll read through the whole Bible in a year. Warning: Some people may find it hard to constantly jump back and forth between different time-periods.
Chronological Bible Reading Plan: Did you know that the 66 books of the Bible don’t exactly present the story in chronological order? This is why you can read a story in 1st Samuel and read basically the same story (from a different perspective) in 1st Chronicles. This plan helps you read through the whole Bible in a year in roughly chronological order. You’ll jump around to different books and passages, but the story will mostly flow in order. Warning: You will find yourself wondering why God included so much detail about certain things
5x5x5 New Testament Reading Plan: The New Testament tells the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and then the story of the early church. This plan gets you through the New Testament in a year, giving you weekends off. If you’re new to Christianity or reading the Bible, this is a great place to start.
Bible Reading Chart: If you want to read the Bible, but don’t want to follow a particular plan, or if you want to simply read through the whole thing at your own pace, you may find this chart helpful. You can check off the chapters you cover as you go. If we cover a chapter on Sunday morning, or you cover a chapter in a Bible study or small group, then you get to check it off as a bonus. It also serves as a visual representation of how the Bible is laid out.
Electronic Bible Reading Plans:
ESV.org and ESV App: My favorite Bible translation is the English Standard Version. The ESV app and ESV.org are my favorite ways to access the Bible online. Each allows you to sign up for plans that will remind you and keep you on track. You can also listen to the Bible read to you. This is a great option for people who want to listen to the Word of God while driving to work in the morning.
The Bible App: Just like the ESV App, the Bible App by “Life.Church” provides you with lots of plans to choose from and will read to you. I cannot vouch for the theological trustworthiness of all the materials they present, as they have many contributors of content.
Dwell: Though charging a premium for full access, Dwell does an amazing job of providing audio Bibles in multiple languages and voices. You can choose plans, voices, background music, etc.
If you have questions about any of this, please let me know. Nick