BIBLE READING SCHEDULES
There are three Bible reading schedules provided. Choose the one that best suits your needs. The link will bring up a PDF document that you can print. Then fold it in the appropriate manner to keep in your Bible and use as a bookmark as you read.
Schedule 1: New Testament Reading Schedule
This takes you through just the New Testament in 80 days. If you are a new Christian and have no experience with the Bible you should start with this one. I made it up for a class at my local church. Since the first three books of the New Testament are very similar, I intentionally have you read them out of order. You’ll read a gospel, then some letters, another gospel, then some letters and so on. I believe this will make your reading more engaging. Once you’ve completed this schedule jump to schedule number 2.
Schedule 2: Old and New Testament Simultaneously
This schedule takes you through the Bible in one year if you read every day. You will read a portion of the Old Testament and a smaller portion of the New Testament each day. It takes you from Genesis through Malachi and Matthew through Revelation concurrently. This is the schedule I most often use. It was given to me by my best friend many years ago and by using it I have read through the Bible about 25 times.
Schedule 3: The Bible From Beginning to End
This starts you reading in Genesis and takes you through to Revelation in 50 weeks, 6 days a week (300 portions). If you’re reading the bible from an interest in history or as an intellectual exercise, this is probably the one I would recommend. I also made this schedule and it’s designed to accompany a Bible study curriculum I am writing. If you prefer to go from start to finish, this is the one for you. The daily portions are a bit larger than those in schedule 2.
One word of warning: DO NOT let your Bible reading schedule become a guilt trip. If you miss one day, you do not need to make it up the next day. If you miss a week, just pick up where you left off. It’s more important to get through the Bible than to stick to a time schedule. If you’re a beginner it will probably take some time for you to get into the habit of reading the Bible routinely. Give yourself time to grow. Even seasoned readers miss reading from time to time.
Honestly, I usually use schedule 2, but I use it only Monday through Friday. I rarely read the Bible on Saturday, and on Sunday I read whatever the pastor tells me to read. It takes me about 15 months to get through the Bible. But I have become pretty consistent about reading it on weekdays, so I have been able to read it through many times. I hope you will come to love it as much as I do.