"The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. It is God's way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone." - 2 Timothy 3:16-17
SOME THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR BIBLE READING:
- Make daily reading a habit
- Read with a purpose in mind. You should be reading the Bible in order to understand the will of God for your life.
- Study as you read. Take notes.
- Put what you read into practice.
- Pray before and after you read.
- Find a partner to read along with you.
Great Reading Plans to Get you Started:
Of all the reasons people mention for not reading the Bible, simple discouragement ranks highest. The Bible's length alone, about 1,000 pages, is imposing. More like a self-contained library than a book, it includes 66 different books by several dozen authors. Little wonder people get confused and discouraged.
The following three-track reading plan helps break the Bible into more manageable portions. If you're new to the Bible, begin with Track 1, then proceed to Track 2, and finally-if you're ambitious-tackle Track 3. Your understanding and appreciation for the Bible should gradually increase.
All three tracks share one thing in common: they each assign usually one chapter a day. Reading an average Bible chapter should take only 5 to 10 minutes.
*Note that the three-track plan for each book is included within the introduction to the book.
Track 1: Introduction to the Bible
Track 1 is a place to begin reading the Bible. Three two-week reading courses take you quickly into passages of the Bible every Christian should know. These were selected with two things in mind. First, they are frequently quoted or referred to. And second, they are relatively easy to read and understand. Track 1 is a sampler, designed to whet your appetite for more.
Track 2: Every Book in the Bible
Track 2 includes 186 of the 1,189 chapters in the Bible. Many well-known parts of the Bible are not represented, and from some books (Leviticus, for example), you will read only a single chapter.
These 186 chapters have been selected because they are understandable to the average reader without commentary. Taken together, they provide a good foundation of Bible understanding. If you miss a few days, don't worry. Just resume reading when you can, about a chapter a day. In 180 total days, you will get an overview that includes something from every book in the Bible.
Track 2 recommends reading the introduction to each book. You may also find it helpful to read the insights that appear next to the assigned chapters.
Track 3: Read Through The Bible in a Year
Track 3 is reading through the Bible in just one year, in as little as 15 minutes each day. This plan includes daily readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs.
You can use the following plan listed below with your own Bible or you can purchase the One Year Bible which lays this out daily: One Year Bible