You Gotta Have a Plan

A Bible reading plan is one of the most necessary elements in becoming a consistent Bible reader.  A good reading plan helps you stay on track and measure your progress. Believe it or not, it can also provide a bit of accountability (it’s amazing how guilty those things can make you feel!).  In this post I want to share a few options to help you with your Bible reading.


While reading through the 1, 189 chapters of the Bible (929 in the Old, 260 in the New) can seem to be a formidable task, following the right reading plan can easily get you through in the course of one year.  I know this to be true having read through the Bible many times myself.  Let me share with you some of the more popular reading plans beginning with the one I will call

Tried & True

This reading plan has been the favourite of multitudes of saints down through the generations.  It involves reading 3 chapters of the Bible every day for 6 days of the week, and 5 on Sunday, totalling 23 chapters a week.  By following this simple plan you will easily make through the Bible in a year’s time.  The only down side of this plan (if you can call it that) is it will take you 40 weeks to get through the Old Testament.  If that causes you to go weak at the knees, why not try a variation of

Old & New

You can change things up a bit by reading 3 chapters in the Old Testament and 2 in the New.  This will take you through the Old Testament once, and the New Testament twice.  You will even have some time left over at the end of the year!  This plan is probably the most preferable as you get to read from both Testaments.  Plus most people can handle 5 chapters a day, especially if you split them up between morning and evening.

Another variation of this is the plan I am currently following.  I read 2 in the Old, 2 in the New, 5 Psalms, and 1 of Proverbs.  This plan will take me through the Old Testament once, the New Testament twice, and the Psalms and Proverbs every 30 days.  Mind you, this adds up to 10 chapters a day, so this may be for the more aggressive readers.  I really enjoy this reading plan.

Let’s look at another plan.

Saturation in the New

Some find the Old Testament to be just too difficult.  If that’s you, why not try saturating yourself with the New Testament?  Reading 3 chapters a day will take you through the 260 chapters of the New Testament 4 times.  How familiar do you think you would become with the New Testament reading it that many times? What do you think it would do for your spiritual life?

Everyone needs a plan

Everyone needs a plan to help them read their Bible consistently.  A good reading plan is useful in keeping you on track, measuring your progress, and helping you to keep going.  I encourage you to find the one that is right for you and stick to it.  And don’t think you have to wait until the first of the year to begin.  Start today!  It is well worth the pursuit.

This is my last post in the series on Bible reading (you can find the other posts here).  I hope you have enjoyed reading them as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

Never forget, a healthy habit of reading the Bible will go a long way toward helping you live in the Reign.


Have you used another Bible reading plan that has proved helpful?


  1. Helpful suggestions!

    Reading the Old Testament has always been difficult for me.
    But, committing to read the entire Bible through once this year – and doing it with a group of friends who keep each other motivated – is helping me get through it 🙂

    I’ve been attacking it from your “Old and New” perspective. Reading the New Testament chapters is kind of my reward for having read through the Old 🙂

    Whatever works, eh?

    Btw – thanks for the blog mention in your sidebar 🙂

    1. I’m glad you found this helpful Kim. Reading with a group of friends is definitely one way of keeping yourself motivated.

      You are more than welcome for the mention. I always enjoy your writing and hope you will get many more visitors to your site.


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