For the past year I’ve been working on a Bible reading plan and I now have it finished in time to share for 2014. I was inspired by the simplicity of the First Steps SOAP reading plan which I promoted as a youth pastor a couple years ago. I’m personally not a fan of reading the Bible in large chunks of text. For me, plowing through 3-4 chapters a day to read the Bible from front to back each year misses the purpose of the Bible. It’s not a book to be read, it’s a plan to followed.
If God’s thoughts for your day are a needle, then why pile on the hay?
So here are the highlights of the reading plan:
- No more than 60 verses each day
- Weekly Psalm and Proverb
- Old Testament and New Testament chronological tracks
- Excluding Psalms and Proverbs, the Old Testament is read as it purportedly happened (i.e. Job is sandwiched in Genesis; Esther, Ezra and Nehemiah are read at the end of the year)
- Old Testament events are not repeated (i.e. Much of Numbers and Deuteronomy are blended; similar events in Chronicles, Kings, and Isaiah are combined)
- Much of the Old Testament law is bypassed
- The four gospels are read as one for a complete linear storyline (i.e. you’re not reading the feeding of the 5,000 four times)
- Paul’s epistles are read as Paul wrote them on his missionary journeys in Acts.
- The New Testament track begins with Jesus’ ministry so the Christmas story can be read at Christmas
The reading plan is supplemented by Twitter and Facebook accounts which post the day’s reading within a daily guide and a verse of the day (VOTD). The daily guide is intended to add to the reading and includes a song related to the day’s reading, a prayer focus and a response. A shortened post with a link to the Scripture text for the day are live by 2am and the guide itself is posted by 6:30am. I’ll post again about the guide this weekend.
Feel free to follow along. A website (29plans.com) is in the works for commentary on the reading and I might even potentially expand it to other social networks like Instagram and Google+. If the reading plan sounds like a good fit for you, feel free to download it below and use it. Let me know if you have any questions!