There are many Bible reading plans out there. This plan is both easy and comprehensive. You can start any time. And when you’re done, you’ll have read through the entire Bible in just three years.
“Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6
First, read a psalm and use it as a conversation starter with God. Be attentive to what the Psalm reveals about the Lord and ways you can personally respond to Him. If starting at the beginning of the year, read Psalm 1 each day of the first week, then Psalm 2 each day of week two, and so forth. Or, if you can start any time during the year by using a calendar with week numbers and read the corresponding chapter for that week.
- Year One: start with Psalm 1 (week number = day’s psalm).
- Year Two: start with Psalm 51 (week number + 50 = day’s psalm).
- Year Three: start with Psalm 101 (week number + 100 = day’s psalm).
At this pace, you’ll read thoroughly through the Psalms once every three years.
“So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.” – Romans 10:17
Next, read a proverb a day to get food for thought and cultivate a skillful life. Consider how you might put the principle you are reading about into practice. There are 31 chapters in Proverbs. Turn to the chapter that corresponds to the calendar date. For instance, on June 29, turn to Chapter 29. Then read the verse number that matches the month. Since June is the 6th month of the year, read Proverbs 29:6. If the verse is not a stand-alone proverb, read the entire paragraph in which it is found. You can also read Proverbs in a three-year cycle.
- Year One: read verses 1-12 in each chapter.
- Year Two: read verses 13-24 (month of the year + 12 = day’s verse). For example, read Proverbs 29:18 on June 6 in year two.
- Year Three: read verses 25-26 (month of the year + 24 = day’s verse.). If there isn’t a verse in this cycle, you may wish to read a chapter from one of the following books: Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Ruth, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Esther, Job, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs. If you do this and follow the rest of the schedule, you will complete the entire Bible in three years.
“You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about Me. And you are not willing to come to Me so that you may have life.” – John 5:39-40
God’s Story / God’s Messengers / God’s Kingdom
Finally, gain more insight to God’s character as you read a chapter from one of the following…
- Year One: Read a chapter a day through the 13 narrative books of the Bible and get familiar with the context from which the others books were written. Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Joshua, Judges, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, Luke, and Acts.
- Year Two: Read a chapter a day through the Prophets and listen in on God’s message to His people. Amos, Jonah, Hosea, Micah, Isaiah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Lamentations, Obadiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Joel, and Revelation.
- Year Three: Read a chapter a day, five times a week, through the New Testament and discover what God has done through the love of the Lord Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. Matthew, Hebrews, James, Jude, Mark, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, Luke, Acts, Galatians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Revelation.
These three daily texts should provide a good starting point for reading, reflection, meditation, and prayer. In addition to (or instead of) this reading schedule, you may find it beneficial to memorize key passages or pursue a more in depth study of particular book of the Bible.