Bible Reading Plans

 

2018 WBF Reading Plan:

Canonical (Straight Through the Bible)

 

If you've always wanted to read through God's Word in its entirety, but have never known how here are some resources that can help you. You can use any of the plans listed below or you can read along with us using the plan above. If you decide to join us, we will also send out a daily reading reminder to the WBF email group and place a similar reminder on the WBF facebook page 

Whether you want to read through the Bible in a year or take three years; whether you have 5 minutes a day or 30 minutes a day, there's a plan custom designed for your needs.

There are chronological systems, historical systems and systems that start at the beginning in Genesis and read straight through to Revelation. There are 5-days-a-week plans and plans that have you reading every day.

Below is a list of several Bible Reading Plans you can download.

Canonical Plan

Three Year Bible Reading Plan

5 x 5 x 5 Bible Reading Plan (5-days-a-week)

1 Year Historical Plan

Chronological Reading Plan

Professor Grant Horner's Reading Plan

How To Change Your Mind Reading Plan

These trusted ministries also offer great reading plans.

Ligonier Ministries

The Gospel Coalition

You Version

Blue Letter Bible

Here are a few apps you can use for your phone or tablet.

Every Day Bible

You Version (highly recommended)

Olive Tree

ESV Bible (available in Podcast and email as well)

iTunes has a wide variety of apps, just make sure you choose one that will take you through the entire Bible in a systematic way.

Here are a few helpful articles that may encourage you.

Where Do I Begin Reading the Bible?

Bible Reading Is An Art

How not to do a reading plan

Three Tips for Better Bible Reading

9 Things Everyone Should Do When Reading the Bible

A few tips on getting started and staying active

  • Make the decision!
  • Pick a viable plan, one you can maintain
  • Don't over-reach. A plan that is too ambitious will be easy to drift away from. If you've never followed a plan before and all of them look daunting, try starting out with the New Testament (Matthew) and reading for 10 or 15 minutes a day, or a paragraph...anything to get the discipline started. "God can do very much with very little". Give Him all you can and watch Him make it grow!
  • Read with a friend. Accountability can be a strong motivator. You don't have to be together, just reading the same plan. You can check with each other periodically.
  • Make your plan as accessible as possible. Many folks will listen to something in their car, a podcast, Bible on CD, audible reading on their smartphone, pocket-sized Bible, email subscription, etc. Do whatever you need to do to make this as easy as possible to engage. 
  • Try to set apart a specific time. Your best strategy will be to get up a little bit earlier and start your day with your reading. Forego a glance at your email or the weather. Let the Scripture saturate you right after you wake up. This will help you to continue on and sets an easy-to-achieve goal in your day.
  • If you fall behind, don't make it a priority to get "caught up", just pick up where you left off. It's more important to maintain the discipline than it is to stick to the calendar. 
  • Resist the urge to make this a study time. If there's something you want to look at more closely, highlight it and keep going. Your goal is to read and re-read the Bible until you get familiar with all of it. Taking time to do word studies and checking facts will hinder that goal. Once you develop the reading discipline, the study will come along.

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