How happy is the one [whose] . . . delight is in the Lord’s instruction . . . he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted beside flowing streams that bears its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither.Psalms 1:1-3 (CSB)
Whatever he does prospers.
The Streams Bible Reading Plan is a comprehensive Bible reading schedule, coursing through the entire Bible at a leisurely pace. When you’re done, you will have completed the Bible in just three years–enough time to dig your roots down deep and really soak in what you’re reading. There are three streams in the reading plan:
- Worship = a psalm a week
- Wisdom = a proverb a day
- Writings = a chapter a day through the rest of the Bible
Don’t feel like you have to read all three streams either. If you want to take it more slowly at first, you may choose to read just one or two of the streams. The goal here is to encounter God through his word, not to finish the Bible in record time. You have a lifetime of Bible reading ahead. Whether you choose one, two, or all three streams, just start reading. Subscribe to this calendar or download a printable schedule, or check out details below.
I have sought you with all my heart; don’t let me wander from your commands. I have treasured your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you. Lord, may you be blessed; teach me your statutes.Psalms 119:10-12 (CSB)
The Worship Stream = 1 psalm a week
First, read a psalm and use it as a conversation starter with God each day. 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. At this pace, you’ll read thoroughly through the Psalms once every three years.
- Year One: Psalm 1-50
- Year Two: Psalm 51-100
- Year Three: Psalm 101-150
You may choose to read the Psalm every morning of the week, on weekdays, or only on non-church days as a way to start your day in meditation and prayer. As you read, be attentive to what the Psalm reveals about the Lord and ways you can personally respond to Him.
My son, don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands; for they will bring you many days, a full life, and well-being.Proverbs 3:1-2 (CSB)
The Wisdom Stream = 1 proverb a day
Next, read a proverb a day to get food for thought and cultivate a wise and skillful life. 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 corresponds to 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 it in its context (the entire paragraph in which it is found). You can read Proverbs in a three-year cycle accordingly:
- Year One: read verses 1-12 in each chapter as described above.
- Year Two: read verses 13-24 (month of the year + 12 = day’s verse). For example, read Proverbs 29:18 on June 29 in year two.
- Year Three: read verses 25-36 (month of the year + 24 = day’s verse). Note: Some days have no readings.
You may wish to read the daily proverb first thing along with the daily psalm. Or, you may want to wait until you have a midday break or moment in your schedule to pause and read, thereby punctuating your daily routine with scripture. As you read, consider how you might apply the principle(s) you are reading in your own life.
You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, and yet they testify about me. But you are not willing to come to me so that you may have life.John 5:39-40 (CSB)
The Writings Stream = 1 chapter a day through the rest of the Bible
Finally, gain more insight into God’s character and plan as you read a chapter a day through the rest of Scripture, encountering the books of the Bible in the order in which they were written (source for dates: Holman Illustrated Bible Handbook, 2018).
- Year One: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Job, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Song of Songs, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, and Ecclesiastes.
- Year Two: Ecclesiastes (continued), Joel, Jonah, Amos, Hosea, Micah, Isaiah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Obadiah, Ezekiel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, Daniel, Haggai, Zechariah, Esther, 1 Chronicles, and 2 Chronicles.
- Year Three: 2 Chronicles (continued), Ezra, Nehemiah, Malachi, James, Galatians, Mark, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, Matthew, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Romans, Luke, Acts, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, Titus, 1 Timothy, 1 Peter, 2 Timothy, Hebrews, 2 Peter, Jude, John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Revelation, and finish with a chapter a day through Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity by Mark Noll (while still reading through the Psalms and Proverbs). Alternately, you many want to read the shorter Church History: An Essential Guide (Gonzalez) or the longer Church History in Plain Language (Shelley).
These three daily streams should provide a good framework for reading, reflection, meditation, and prayer. In addition to this reading schedule, you may find it beneficial to copy and/or memorize one or more key passages from each chapter or book. Don’t forget to record insights you gain along the way. Once you complete the program, you can read through it again or go back and pursue a more in depth study of a particular book of the Bible.
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
So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.Romans 10:17