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Plans for the New Year? Read the Bible. Hear the Bible.

Got 10 Minutes?

Justin Taylor of Crossway Publishers notes that one can read through the Bible in fewer than 10 minutes a day, and one can listen through the Bible in 12 minutes a day.

He provides a wealth of resources for adults and children for Bible reading, from

  • reading plans (even one called a “Bible Reading Plan for Shirkers & Slackers”), 
  • short video clips on books and sections of the Bible
  • reading guides to help us understand how to read better, and
  • audio versions and podcasts.

Take a few minutes to make friends with his post. These are from 2016 but they still apply to every year. 

A 5 Day Bible Reading Plan

Tim Challies shares his favorite plan - 5 Day Bible Reading Plan

  • It is a familiarity plan that covers the entire text of the Bible over the course of the year.
  • It is a pseudo-chronological plan that covers the text of the Bible in the order the events happened.
  • It is a 5-day plan. At 5 days per week, it is far more doable than at 7 days—there is always a chance to catch up. Also, it allows a day or two of reading something different.
  • It is a free plan.

He also lists a few other plans to consider, too. 

Go Mobile

1. YouVersion Bible App

A free Bible on your phone, tablet, and computer.

The Bible App enables one to engage the Bible in a variety of formats, languages, and translations.

  • It includes several free audio versions of the Bible. 
  • It’s loaded with free Bible reading plans and devotionals, from John Piper and Charles Spurgeon, to Rick Warren and Focus on the Family. 
  • The length of the plans and devotionals ranges from a few days to few years. 
  • All of the plans can send reminders and track progress, whether on a mobile device or desktop.

2. 10 Different Reading Plans Deliverable in a Variety of Formats

Read through the ESV with the help of the web, RSS, podcast, iCal,  mobile device, and a printable PDF download.

Go Old Fashioned (or More “Authentic”)

Bible Reading Plans from Ligonier Ministries. Nathan W. Bingham lists a number of reading plans categorized by how long it will take one to read a part or all of the Bible.

Each plan links to a downloadable PDF.
The duration of the plans ranges from flexible, one year,  two-three years, and ongoing.

Start Small

Consider the 5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan:

  • Read the New Testament in just 5 days a week and 5 minutes a day.
  • The plan leaves two days open (e.g., the weekend) for reflection, catch-up, or better still, memorization.

Brad Baugham