Reading the Bible Through in a Year Series:
1. Free Bible Reading Plans for the New Year
2. Books to Help You Read through the Bible
3. Recommended Children’s Story Bibles
Here are links to some free Bible reading plans to help you with your Bible reading in the New Year. I have used each of these plans at different times and found them all helpful.
1. The Five Day Bible Reading Schedule: This Bible reading system allows you to read the entire Bible chronologically in one year while only reading five times a week. Five readings a week gives room to catch up or take a needed day off, and makes daily Bible reading practical and do-able. Further, reading the Bible in chronological order aids understanding of the Bible story, and helps the reader to look forward to reading God’s Word. (Download: Five Day Bible Reading Schedule)
2. New Testament in One Year: Here is a simple “Read the New Testament Through in a Year” sheet that I put together for my boys when they were younger. You read one chapter a day five days a week alternating the longer books with the shorter books. It prints out nicely on one sheet of paper (front and back sides). Feel free to use, copy, pass on or modify however you wish. (Download: New Testament in One Year)
3. Psalms and Proverbs “Plus” Plan: This plan will help you read through Psalms and Proverbs plus the wisdom books of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs each month. This is similar to the five Psalms a day plan except that the Psalms have been arranged so as to give readings of equal length for each day. The five books of Psalms have been noted, and specific collections of Psalms have been grouped together within a single day’s reading, such as Psalms 113-118 (The Hallel Psalms) and Psalms 120-134 (The Psalms of Ascent). Billy Graham notes: “I used to read five psalms every day – that teaches me how to get along with God. Then I read a chapter of Proverbs every day and that teaches me how to get along with my fellow man.” (Download: Psalms and Proverbs “Plus” Plan)
- Track 1: Beginnings: Genesis to Ruth (236 Chapters)
- Track 2: Nation Building: 1 Samuel to Job (242 Chapters)
- Track 3: Poetry and Wisdom: Psalms to Song of Songs (201 Chapters)
- Track 4: Prophets: Isaiah to Malachi (250 Chapters)
- Track 5: New Testament: Matthew to Revelation (260 Chapters)
The daily readings from each track consist of major narratives or divisions within these sections of Scripture. Reading large portions of Scripture in this manner will give you a better appreciation for the overall flow of Scripture and how the various parts of the Bible fit together. This plan comes with various options ranging from reading the whole Bible through in three years to reading the whole Bible through in a month. It can also be used to read through the book of Psalms and Proverbs each month, along with Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. Once again, feel free to use, copy, pass on or modify however you wish. (Download: Five Track Bible Reading Plan)
5. M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan: 19th Century Scottish pastor Robert Murray M’Cheyne (McCheyne) created this popular plan which in the course of one year will guide you through the New Testament and Psalms twice and the rest of the Old Testament once. You can get free pdf printouts of the M’Cheyne calendar as well as RSS feeds of the daily readings here.
6. Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plans: NavPress offers the following three different Bible reading plans.
- Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan: Read four places in God’s Word every day to better grasp the unity of the Scriptures. Read the complete Bible in one year. (Download: Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan)
- Book-at-a-Time Bible Reading Plan: Intersperses Old and New Testament books in each month’s readings, with the four gospels spread out throughout the year. Read the complete Bible in one year. (Download: Book-at-a-Time Bible Reading Plan)
- 5 x 5 x 5 Bible Reading Plan: 5 minutes per day, 5 days per week, 5 ways to dig deeper. Takes you through one chapter each day. Read through the entire New Testament in one year. (Download: 5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan)
Related post: 5 Reasons to Read God’s Word This Year
Note: The Bible Memory Version is available for purchase here at my website (in ePub or Kindle format) and also through Amazon or Barnes & Noble. If you don’t have an e-reader, you can download a free e-reader here.