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An Alternative One-Year Bible Reading Plan

With the calendar flip to 2016, many are starting afresh on Bible reading plans. In case you are looking for a new, annual Scripture reading schedule, here’s one I came up with a couple years ago.

Of course, reading through the whole Bible in one year is by no means a requirement of Christianity, or necessarily always the best way to map out your devotional reading. Sometimes it’s good to pause on a book and do a deep dive during your meditation and study of Scripture. Alternatively, it might be a worthwhile and lofty goal to read through the Bible three times in one year. One of my college buddies did that, reading 10 chapters a day. He’s more sanctified than I am.

But I came up with this plan because I didn’t quite love the other known options. One option is to read the Bible straight through, cover-to-cover. That’s a great way to get a sense of the sweep and history of Scripture, but it’s also a real long time before you get to Jesus in the New Testament. And if we’re being honest, many of us will struggle to see the back end of Chronicles and the major prophets.

The other popular option is the M’Cheyne plan developed by Robert Murray M’Cheyne. Also a good plan, which has you reading usually about four chapters a day, all from different books of the Bible. So you get a lot of variety in your reading. The difficulty I’ve had with this plan, however, is that I always had a hard time getting a sense of the context of the passage(s) I was reading on any given day.

So here’s a plan I came up with. I wanted a schedule that regularly varied between testaments and genres, allowed me to see some historical and thematic connections through Scripture, didn’t keep me away from the Gospels for too long throughout the year, and also allowed me to follow the flow of individual books and sections of the Bible. I’m not sure it’s a great reading plan, but it is a reading plan, so there’s that. Follow along with me if you like!

Week                                           Reading

January 3-9                                 Genesis
January 10-16                             Genesis
January 17-23                             John
January 24-30                             John
January 31-February 6               Exodus
February 7-13                              Exodus
February 14-20                            Leviticus
February 21-27                            Acts
February 28-March 5                  Numbers
March 6-12                                  Deuteronomy
March 13-19                                Hebrews
March 20-26                               Joshua
March 27-April 2                        1 Peter, 2 Peter
April 3-9                                      Proverbs
April 10-16                                  Judges, Ruth
April 17-23                                  Matthew
April 24-30 1                               Samuel
May 1-7 2                                    Samuel
May 8-14                                     Psalm 1-72
May 15-21                                   Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon
May 22-28                                   1 Kings
May 29-June 4                           2 Kings
June 5-11                                   Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
June 12-18                                 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians
June 19-25                                 Romans
June 26-July2                            1 Chronicles
July 3-9                                       2 Chronicles
July 10- 16                                  Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
July 17-23                                   1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus
July 24-30                                   Ezekiel
July 31- August 6                       Ezekiel, Daniel
August 7-13                                Revelation
August 14-20                              Revelation
August 21-27                              Isaiah
August 28-September 3             Isaiah
September 4-10                           Mark
September 11-17                         Psalm 73-106
September 18-24                         Hosea, Joel, Amos
September 25-October 1            Obadiah, Jonah, Micah
October 2-8                                 James, Galatians, Philippians
October 9-15                               Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah
October 16-22                             Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
October 23-29                             Psalm 107-150
October 30-November 5            1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude
November 6-12                           Jeremiah
November 13-19                         Jeremiah, Lamentations
November 20-26                         1 Corinthians
November 27- December 3        2 Corinthians
December 4-10                           Job
December 11-17                         Job
December 18-24                         Luke
December 25-31                         Luke

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