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There's no better way to understand God and His plan for all of creation and your life and family than to dig into His Word every day. Through the Bible we discover not only the great story of salvation and restoration in Christ, but the practical ways to live a life of trust and faith in God. If you're not in the Word, you'll never experience the most that the Christian life has to offer!

Our Recommended Bible Reading Plan
Read the Bible through in one year. Our daily Bible reading plan features selections from the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs.

What if I don't start at the beginning of the year?
This reading plan is a one-year cycle. You can join in any time as the cycle starts over each year. If you start in June, you'll end your read-through the following May. If you start in October, then you'll go through September, and so forth.

What if I miss a day or two?
Don't get discouraged! God's Word never returns void! Lightning will not rain down from Heaven if you commit to read and then miss a day. Release yourself from guilt or the feeling that you have to "catch up" and just enjoy and study the Scripture for today, regardless of where you are in the process.

More Reading Plan Options
If our standard reading plan doesn't suit you, choose from among a variety of options below, which can be retrieved in a number of formats.

Reading Plan

Format
Daily Reading Bible
Daily Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms

Web RSS iCal Mobile Print
Outreach Bible
Daily Old Testament, Psalms, and New Testament

Web RSS iCal Mobile Print
Outreach Bible New Testament
Daily New Testament. Read through the New Testament in 6 months

Web RSS iCal Mobile Print
M’Cheyne One-Year Reading Plan
Daily Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms or Gospels

Web RSS iCal Mobile Print
ESV Study Bible
Daily Psalms or Wisdom Literature; Pentateuch or the History of Israel; Chronicles or Prophets; and Gospels or Epistles

Web RSS iCal Mobile Print
Literary Study Bible
Daily Psalms or Wisdom Literature; Pentateuch or the History of Israel; Chronicles or Prophets; and Gospels or Epistles

Web RSS iCal Mobile Print
Every Day in the Word
Daily Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, Proverbs

Web RSS iCal Mobile Print
Through the Bible
Daily Old Testament and New Testament

Web RSS iCal Mobile Print
Chronological
Through the Bible chronologically (from Back to the Bible)

Web RSS iCal Mobile Print
Book of Common Prayer Daily Office
Daily Psalms, Old Testament, New Testament, and Gospels
Web RSS iCal Mobile Print

The above options represent 10 Reading Plans for ESV Editions, and Crossway has made them accessible in multiple formats:

  • Web (a new reading each day appears online at the same link)
  • RSS (subscribe to receive by RSS)
  • Podcast (subscribe to get your daily reading in audio)
  • iCal (download an iCalendar file)
  • Mobile (view a new reading each day on your mobile device)
  • Print (download a PDF of the whole plan)

You can also access each of these Reading Plans as podcasts:

  • Right-click (Ctrl-click on a Mac) the “RSS” link of the feed you want from the above list.
  • Choose “Copy Link Location” or “Copy Shortcut.”
  • Start iTunes.
  • Choose Advanced > Subscribe to Podcast.
  • Paste the URL from step three into the box.
  • Click OK.

The entire Bible on audio is usually about 75 hours (or 4,500 minutes). If you commute to work 5 days a week, that’s about 260 days a year. And if it takes you, say, 17 minutes to commute each way to work--and if you listen to the Bible on audio during your drive each way--you’ll get through the entire Bible twice in a year. This probably isn’t the only way to do Bible intake--but it’s one most of us should take advantage of more.

More Help With Your Bible Reading Plan...
If you’re not persuaded that having a plan is necessary and biblical in some sense, then here’s a helpful piece from John Piper, written in 1984.

Stephen Witmer has a helpful introduction--on the weaknesses of typical plans and some advice on reading the Bible together with others--as well as offering his own new two-year plan.

The Gospel Coalition’s For the Love of God Blog takes you through the M’Cheyne reading plan, with a meditation each day by D. A. Carson related to one of the readings.

George Guthrie has a very helpful Read the Bible for Life Chronological Bible Reading Plan. Guthrie has also made a a booklet version of the Read the Bible for Life 4+1 Reading Plan. The plan is similar to the Discipleship Journal plan, but in addition to reading in four different places in the Scriptures, you also read a psalm a day, cycling through the psalms twice in the year. This plan is semi-chronological, placing the prophets and the NT letters in rough chronological order.

The Bible Reading Plan for Shirkers and Slackers (Pastor Andy Perry explains the plan and why he recommends it.)

Don Whitney has a simple but surprisingly effective tool: A Bible Reading Record. It's a list of every chapter in the Bible, and you can check them off as you read them at whatever pace you want.

For the highly motivated and disciplined, Grant Horner’s plan has you reading each day a chapter from ten different places in the Bible.

Joe Carter and Fred Sanders explain James Gray’s method of "How to Master the English Bible."

What We Believe About the Bible
Here's some additional information about the Bible from the "Core Beliefs" area of our website. Go there now...

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