Every year our church offers a Bible reading plan that encourages faithful devotional reading throughout the year. For 2018 the reading plan we have adopted is known as the "5 Day Bible Reading Program." This schedule is not original to us, but has several advantages that make it appealing to us.
Advantage 1: Diversity
Each week's readings are drawn from both the Old and New Testament, which decreases the likelihood that you will get bogged down in a section of Scripture that is more confusing and tedious to navigate. All Scripture is important, but we believe you are more likely to stick with the program when the harder to understand sections are combined with some that are easier to grasp.
Advantage 2: Chronology
The weekly readings from each Testament have a "rough" chronology to their arrangement. We say "rough" because some books cover the same periods and, for the sake of brevity of each daily reading, they are often split up. But the existing chronology will help you get a feel for the unfolding story of the Bible.
Advantage 3: Options
If you choose to do all the readings each week, you will read through the entire Bible during the year. Nevertheless, there is an old adage that applies here: "Don't bite off more than you can chew." Maybe this is the first time you have ever attempted to read the Bible consistently. If so, you might consider reading just the New Testament readings each week. You'll find that to be more manageable and you will have read the entire New Testament in the year. The following year, you can challenge yourself with more readings that incorporate the Old Testament. But just remember that it's not a race. It would be better for you to only read some of the Bible prayerfully and thoughtfully each day than to get all the readings done hastily without retaining what you have read. So choose the option that works best for you.
Advantage 4: Catch Up Days!
Did you know the readings for each week are only five days? There's a reason for that. The vast majority of people who begin a Bible Reading Plan eventually fall behind. Most of those who fall behind eventually give up the readings all together. To help us avoid being among those statistics, this plan has built in catch up days. Two a week. Every week!
Are you ready?
Download the plan in the link below and and enjoy your reading. We are here for you, so if ever you have questions about what you are reading, don't be a stranger. Consider getting some people to join you in the readings. Accountability is a wonderful path to success. And most of all, each time you read, begin with prayer. Remember that you are about to read from the very Word of God. So open the book, find the page, and ask, "Lord, please help me to hear your voice as I read." You won't regret it!