Reading the Bible daily is a crucial spiritual discipline that is needed for every believer to grow in his or her knowledge and love of God. There are multitudes of plans out there to help you make this a habit, so here are a few that our pastors recommend. Each can be downloaded as PDFs at the links below, and some (as well as others) can also be found on either the ESV App or YouVersion Bible App. The important thing is to pick a plan (and format) that works for you.
With this plan you read through the entire Bible in two years, which allows for more time to really take in what you read. There are three readings each day, one from the OT, one from the Psalms, and one from the NT. The NT readings are repeated every three days for extra time to digest and apply them, and there are off days every week to allow time to catch up or reflect.
Monthly bookmarks of this plan are available to pick up on Sunday mornings.
With this plan you read through:
- the NT twice,
- the Psalms twice, and
- the rest of the OT once.
Since there are four readings each day, it’s easy to modify this one so that you read through the Bible once in two years, by reading just the first two readings each day for the first year and the second two readings each day for the second year.
With this plan you will read through the entire Bible or New Testament once, in chronological order. It is only 5 days a week, which allows time to catch up or reflect.
With this plan, you read through the entire Bible once. There are four readings each day, two from the OT and two from the NT. This plan only has 25 readings a month, allowing time to catch up or reflect.
With this plan, you read through the entire Bible once. It has two readings each day:
- Alternate OT and NT books (about 3-4 chapters a day), with the Gospels spread throughout the year
- One chapter a day of the wisdom literature and Isaiah.
As with the Discipleship Journal Plan, there are only 25 readings a month, allowing for time to catch up or reflect.
This plan can be accessed within your ESV Study Bible or through the ESV App. With this plan there are four readings each day, divided into four main sections:
- Psalms and Wisdom Literature;
- Pentateuch and the History of Israel;
- Chronicles and Prophets; and
- Gospels and Epistles
The list of readings from the Psalms and the Wisdom Literature begins and ends with special readings that are especially appropriate for the opening and closing of the year. The list of readings from the Pentateuch and the History of Israel proceeds canonically through the five books of Moses and then chronologically through the history of the OT, before closing the year with the sufferings of Job. The list of readings from the Chronicles and the Prophets are organized chronologically.