How to Read the Bible in a Year

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Along with Scripture memory, reading the entire Bible through in one year is a fantastic discipline for spiritual growth.  As the new year is about to begin, why not choose a Bible reading plan and commit to read the Bible from Gen. 1 to Rev. 22 this coming year?  Yes, it can be a challenge not getting behind on each day (and reading through Numbers!), but what an important and rewarding exercise it is to read the whole Bible in a year.

 Here are a few pointers:

  • Use a modern English translation that is reliable and readable (I recommend the ESV, NASB, or HCSB).  Other translations are good, but avoid using a paraphrase (The Message, The Living Bible) for this task.  Paraphrases are good to supplement your reading/study of the Bible from a reliable translation.

  • Pick a plan that works for you.  Some plans simply follow the books in order as they appear in the Bible.  Others incorporate both Old and New Testament readings each day.  Some include a portion of Psalms and Proverbs each day.  A unique plan is to read the Bible in the historical chronological order as the events actually occurred (link for this plan is below).  This might be a great plan for you if you have previously read the Bible through in a year.

  • Set aside a time and place to read each day.  This time/place needs to allow you freedom from interruptions and distractions.  Turn off the TV, put your phone away, read at a time when the kids are asleep or at school, etc.

  • Don’t get discouraged!  If you miss a day, make it up as soon as possible.  If you lag behind you will get discouraged and quit.  Also, reading large portions of the Bible doesn’t take as long as you think.  Our staff recited from memory the entire book of James last Sunday and it took only 15 minutes.

  • Don’t let reading larger portions of Scripture completely substitute your more in-depth study of passages (such as in a Bible study you are doing, Sunday School lesson, quiet times, etc).

Here are some helpful links to help you accomplish reading through the Bible:

Read the Bible in a year: http://immanuelshawnee.org/wp-content/uploads/PDFs/yearly_bible_reading.pdf

Chronological reading plan: http://www.esv.org/assets/pdfs/rp.chronological.pdf

One Year Bible online: http://www.oneyearbibleonline.com

Bible reading plans in multiple media formats: http://about.esvbible.org/resources/reading/

Have each day’s Bible reading emailed to you: http://www.biblegateway.com/reading-plans/

Read the entire Bible in 90 days: http://www.thebrooknetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/BibleIn90Days.pdf

Read the Bible in 2 years: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/files/2010/12/TwoYearBibleReadingPlan.pdf

Helpful blog post on importance (as well as strengths/weaknesses) of Bible reading plans: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2010/12/29/two-year-bible-reading-plan/

Read the Greek New Testament in a year: http://www.dennyburk.com/Stuff/ReadGreekNT.pdf

 

 

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