As I have been preparing to launch for our “Read the Bible in 2017“, I have been putting a lot of thought and consideration into which Bible reading plan I wanted to suggest for reading together. The problem is that there are several wonderful options to choose from! Also, what I personally may be drawn to for a daily reading schedule isn’t what everybody else would necessarily enjoy. I’ve finally (FINALLY!) come to the conclusion I will share the best year long plans that I have found, and let you decide which one works best for YOUR daily readings in 2017. I have narrowed it down to plans that are one year long, fairly simple and have a printable list for you to tuck into your Bible and check off each day.
She Reads Truth New Testament, Old Testament, plus one day of psalms each week.
5 Days a Week Read through the Bible with 5 days a week plus 2 days of rest (or to catch on missed days) I love the flexibility of this plan!
Self Paced Bible Reading Chart If you like to go at your own speed, this minimalistic, yet beautifully designed, is a great way to track your reading over 2017.
Water for the thirsty Daily readings of New, Old, plus a Psalm or Proverb each day.
Discipleship Journal Reading Plan Four different readings each day add variety. This bible reading plan begins in Genesis, Psalms, Matthew and Acts.
ESV Bible Reading Plan Four daily readings taken from four lists: Psalms and Wisdom Literature, Pentateuch and History of Israel, Chronicles and Prophets, and Gospels and Epistles.
Chronological Order Read through the entire Bible in the order the events happened.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan Read the New Testament and Psalms twice and the Old Testament once.
Daily Immersion A selection from 7 different parts of the Bible for 7 days of the week. Separated into Epistles, The Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy and Gospels.
NKJV Bible Reading Plan Read through the Bible in a year with morning and evening reading selections.
American Bible – Through The Bible Stories From Genesis to Revelation in short story like chunks of the Bible.
Bible Unity Reading Plan Chronologically placed but with extra time in the NT, psalms and proverbs. Minimal page flipping (usually 2 readings each day), plus extra make up days.
Eat This Book (Blackhawk Church) Following aspects of the traditional Jewish order in the Old Testament, this Eat This Book reading plan offers a sustainable reading pace. Each day, you’ll explore an average of four chapters, and you’ll close your time in prayer by reading a Psalm.
BONUS: (highly recommended addition!) Want to read with your kids in a plan that’s especially targeted for them? Download the Kid’s Plan (Eat This Book)
Whichever plan YOU choose on following for your year in the Bible with JCM (Jessica Campbell Ministries), I highly encourage you to devote specific time each day to your bible readings. Try to set aside 30-45 minutes each day that you can keep consistent for yourself. (If that’s just not doable, even five minutes a day will change your day!). For me (right now) that is early morning with a big (BIGGGGGG) cup of coffee and some worship music..and a lot of prayers to get out of bed. However, in years past my study time has varied from late night to daily naptime. Whatever time you decide works best for you, be thoughtful in prioritizing your time. I will say, the absolute best and most fruitful time has been since I have added my 5am wake up call to meet with God. I am NOT a morning person….. so that’s all Him! So, if you’re praying and you hear God saying “give up your snooze button”, trust me, it will be worth it! Whatever the case, choose a time that works for you and pray to be able to prioritize it above the next item on your checklist. Remember: time spent in God’s Word is never wasted nor regretted!
I’d also love to encourage you to read your Bible purposefully and consider to SOAP journal with us this year. Just reading through the Bible is wonderful (In theory; I’ve actually not ever read through in one year, ever! I’ve always done topical or book bible studies. I’m sharing my first journey around the sun in the Word with all of YOU!!). Adding intention with journaling will record your year, prayers and thoughts adds a way to look at everything God will show you in 2017! I HAVE been a student of SOAP journaling and prayer journaling and can testify it is a phenomenal way to grow your spiritual journey and faith.
A few more things as we preparing for 2017:
1: Be sure to Follow FIRST on Facebook and share your personal verses each day with us as we share this journey together!
2: While the GOAL is to read through our Bibles “in a year”, the biggest goal is learning the discipline of daily time with Jesus and in God’s Word. Life happens and days may be missed… don’t let Satan get you overwhelmed and ready to quit! (YES, Satan will be trying his hardest to distract, discourage and disengage you from your biggest weapon against him). This will be a year filled with GRACE! While many of these bible reading plans have days to catch up, I will strongly encourage you to jump into whatever day is on your reading checklist– don’t try to overwhelm yourself if you “fall behind”… read the day you’re on and move on. If you have time to read more, that’s even better- and totally not required! Also, you do not need to start on January first- if you’re just reading this for the first time and it’s well passed January, just jump in today!! The best time to start reading the Bible IS TODAY!
3. Invite your friends! The best way to have some encouragement and accountability is to have some sisters (or brothers) right next to you in this journey.
So, which Reading Plan will you choose? I’m still deciding on that! Comment below with what your decision is and what drew you to it, I’d love to hear!