Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bible Reading Plans

January is right around the corner, which means the christian blogosphere is buzzing about different Bible reading plans for 2012. Have you ever read the Bible all the way through? I often find it interesting when I talk to Christians, how many of them have never read the entire Bible. The Bible is the guide for the Christian, it should be read. So, if you have never made it all the way through the Bible, maybe one of these links will be helpful.

I was actually planning on listing each of the plans I have either used or have heard about. But yesterday, I noticed several blogs that did all that work for me. So instead, here are a list of blogs or other sites that I have found helpful and you will want to check out if you want help in reading the Bible next year.

Justin Taylor @ The Gospel Coalition blog has some very helpful thoughts on reading through the entire Bible next year. If you are going to go to only one link here, go to this one. He gives a very extensive rundown of different ideas to help people read the Bible.

Nathan Bingham @ the Ligonier blog has some other thoughts. One value of his blog post is that he has pdf's available to download to help lead you through the coming year.

Tim Challies is leading an on-line community through Professor Horner's Bible Reading Plan. It is a plan  that reads 10 chapters of the Bible each day. But the unusual aspect of this plan is that each chapter is from a different part of the Bible. You can join their project by going to their Facebook group they have set up.

It has been interesting that of all the plans I have read about, no one has mentioned The Bible in 90 Days. This has been my plan of choice the past two years. There are several reasons why I like this plan, but I am not going to pretend that it is easy. It will take hard work, but there is light at the end of the tunnel from the very beginning. If you can do P90X for 90 days, you can read the Bible in 90 days. Here was my plan from last year.

Whatever you end up doing for 2012, read your Bible. Make it a habit. Make it a priority. Your life will never be the same again.

2 comments:

  1. Courtney Gill - courtrenee@hotmail.comDecember 29, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    Thad - do you have an opinion on whether one of these plans is better than the other - a) read through it chronologically or b) read a bit of the OT and a bit of the NT daily?

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  2. Courtney,

    I think the important thing for anyone is to find what works for them. But that doesn't mean it will be easy. Any plan will come with challenges (like days when you just don't feel like reading). I have done the 90 plan the past couple of years, but will probably do something different this year. Maybe a mixture of OT & NT.

    But most of all, just read something. The other option, and maybe this will work for you, but to take a book of the Bible (shorter book, like maybe Philippians) and read it everyday for a month. I think you will be amazed at what happens by the end of that month. And maybe even journal while you do it.

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