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Bible Reading Plans

Do you want to develop the daily habit of reading God's word? Having a good plan is an important first step!

The plans listed below are downloadable PDFs, which we have organized into four categories: 1. Topical plans, 2. Bible in a year plans, 3. A bit less reading, and 4. A bit more reading.

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Topical Plans

Two-Week Reading Plans
Of all the reasons people mention for not reading the Bible, simple discouragement ranks highest. The Bible’s length alone 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. These two-week reading courses take you quickly into passages every Christian should know.

30 Days for New Christians
What are the most important passages for a new Christian to read in order to understand the basic teachings of the Bible? This reading plan hits those highlights in just 30 days, with passages from both the Old and New testaments.

60-Day Overview of the Bible
Gain a basic understanding of the main themes and events of the Bible with this 2-month plan. Readings vary in length, but are usually no more than 1-2 chapters per day.

90-Day Tour of the Bible
Looking for an overview of the Bible with a bit more depth? This three-month reading plan covers about 1-2 chapters per day, and will guide you through the major themes of Scripture from beginning to end.

180-Day Guided Tour
The plan offers a kind of bird’s-eye-view. The daily readings consist of 180 selected passages, including at least one chapter from each of the Bible’s 66 books. You can read both the chapter and its accompanying note in 15 minutes per day.

30-Day Systematic Theology Crash Course
Gain a quick overview of systematic theology in this month-long reading plan. Some days cover an entire chapter, but most days focus on a smaller passage of scripture. Take time to read the context and study what God has to say!

101 Most Important Chapters
Featuring 48 chapters from the Old Testament and 53 from the New Testament, this guide will take you through 101 chapters selected for their historical, prophetical, theological, or practical significance. Also includes comprehensive lists of important events and stages for the entire Bible.

30 Days in Psalms and Proverbs
Spend a month taking in the beauty and wisdom found in the books of Psalms and Proberbs! Depending on your desired pace, you can choose to read BOTH books in 30 days, or split the readings into two months.

30 Days With Jesus
Get to know the Savior! This 30-day plan walks you through the biblical account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

30 Stories You've Probably Never Heard
Explore some of the lesser-known passages of Scripture in this interesting plan.

260 Essential Passages
Read the 260 most essential passages in Scripture. Most passages are 2-3 chapters in length, with 5 readings per week. Each week also features suggested memory verses so you can hide God's word in your heart.

Bible In A Year Plans

One Year Bible
Read through the Bible in a year, ejoying a selection from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs every day. This well-rounded plan is a perennial favorite!

Gideons Bible Reading Calendar
Compact and portable! Each day features a morning and evening reading, which will allow you to read the entire Bible in a year.

Four Genre Reading Plan
Every day, you will read from these four genres: 1) Psalms and wisdom literature, 2) Pentateuch and History of Israel, 3) Chronicles and Prophets, and 4) Gospels and Epistles. Avoid getting bogged down in just one part of the Bible, and explore the full scope of God's Word every day.

Kingdom Bible Reading Plan
Four readings per day give proportionate weight to the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament readings follow the arrangement of Jesus’ Bible (Luke 24:44––Law, Prophets, Writings), with one reading coming from each portion per day. Only twenty-five readings are slated per month in order to provide more flexibility in daily devotions.

Bible Unity Reading Plan
Each day, you will read a longer section in the chronological plan, and a short section – usually a chapter or less – from another part of Scripture. The Bible Unity Plan schedules only 25 days of reading per month, allowing you to read something else on Sundays, or to catch up easily if you miss an occasional day.

Book At A Time Plan
This plan gives you two readings for each day. The first reading alternates between Old and New Testament books, giving you three or four chapters a day. The Gospels are spread throughout the year. The second reading takes you through a chapter or so of the wisdom literature and Isaiah. Each month consists of only 25 readings. You’ll have several days each month to meditate more deeply on something that was significant to you in the past week.

Five Day Reading Plan
This special Bible reading system allows you to read the entire Bible (or just the New Testament) in one year while only reading five times a week. Reading the Bible in chronological order (even the Psalms have been placed chronologically when possible) aids understanding of the Bible story.

Blue Letter Bible: Chronological Plan
These readings are compiled according to recent historical research, taking into account the order in which the recorded events actually occurred. This is a fantastic plan to follow if you wish to add historical context to your reading of the Bible. If the schedule provided is followed, the entire Bible will be read in one calendar year .

Blue Letter Bible: OT & NT Together Plan
It is important to understand the fullness of God's message to the churches, and a great way of doing this is reading the Old and New Testaments simultaneously. This plan does just that. Readings from both Testaments are included from the beginning and although each reading does not contain both Testaments, the two are read effectively.

Blue Letter Bible: Historical Plan
In this plan, the order of the Old Testament readings is very similar to Israel's Hebrew Bible, progressing from Law to Prophets to Writings. The New Testament ordering is based upon research regarding the order in which the books were authored. Although this research is not conclusive, it may offer helpful insights to your Bible reading.

Weekly Genre Reading Chart
Each week, this plan divides up your reading into the main types of Genres (literature) such as Gospels, Law, Narrative (History), Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, and Epistles! That way you can go though the entire Bible by reading the different Genre types. This is a unique plan that will help keep your pace up and prevent you from losing interest and giving up!

Blue Letter Bible: Canonical Plan
This plan goes straight through the Bible—from Genesis to Revelation. You will be supplied with reading for each day of the week as a steady guide toward finishing the entire Bible in one calendar year.

Blue Letter Bible: Blended Plan
This plan is designed to add variety to your reading of the Bible. The Blended Plan divides the Bible so that the reader will read books in a non- traditional sequence. For example, while one is reading the book of Isaiah, he is also reading the book of Mark.

A Bit Less Reading

5x5x5 Reading Plan
Read the New Testament this year in 5 minutes a day, 5 days per week. This reading plan will take you through all 260 chapters of the New Testament, one chapter per day. Also learn 5 different ways to dig deeper as you read and meditate on God's word.

Two-Year Bible Reading Plan
Designed to take you through the Old and New Testaments in two years, and through the Psalms and Proverbs four times during that period.

Three-Year Guided Tour
Takes you completely through the Bible, reading every word. On most days, you will read one chapter, though some short chapters have been combined, so occasionally you will read two brief chapters in a day. Alternates between the Old Testament and New Testament. (Please note that this plan accidentally omits 1 John, so you will need to add it in to complete your reading of the entire Bible.)

A Bit More Reading

Grant Horner's Bible Reading System
Each day you will read one chapter from each of ten lists. Since the lists vary in length, the readings begin interweaving in constantly changing ways. You will NEVER read the same set of ten chapters together again! Every year you’ll read through all the Gospels four times, the Pentateuch twice, Paul’s letters 4-5 times each, the OT wisdom literature six times, all the Psalms at least twice, all the Proverbs as well as Acts a dozen times, and all the way through the OT History and Prophetic books about 1 1⁄2 times.

M'Cheyne Bible Reading Calendar
This classic plan will take you through the Old Testament once, the New Testament and Psalms twice over the course of a year. Daily readings are divided between "family" (ideal for family devotions) and "secret" (for personal study).