Why read the Bible?

Here are just a few possible answers:

  • The Bible is the best-selling book of all time…
  • “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “The Bible is the book of my life. It’s the book I live with, the book I live by, the book I want to die by.” N.T. Wright
  • “I open a Bible, and His plans, startling, lie there barefaced. It’s hard to believe it, when I read it, and I have to come back to it many times, feel long across those words, make sure they are real. His love letter forever silences any doubts: ‘His secret purpose framed from the very beginning [is] to bring us to our full glory.'” Ann Voskamp

Reading the Bible reminds us of the certain hope we have in Jesus, certainty we need in very uncertain times! So why not make 2022 the year you read the Bible all the way through?

There some excellent plans available to help you. We HIGHLY recommend the HTB Bible In One Year which you can get via a daily email to your inbox or as an app on your phone. However, if you want something you can use in conjunction with your favourite Bible or other resources, there are more plans available on Bible Gateway or from the International Bible Society. Click on the buttons below for more information. Alternatively, there are 6 varied plans listed below available as pdfs to download and print to use however you want. Finally, there are lots of Daily Bible Reading Notes available from Eden – a Christian online booksellers.

Reading plans to download and print

Here are some other plans, from various organisations, but all free to reproduce and share as widely as possible. We have saved them here as pdfs for you to download and print at home.

Read through the NT in a year – 5 readings are allocated per week so you can catch-up easily if you miss a day or two. Alternatively, you can set weekends aside for reflection, other reading or other spiritual disciplines. This is especially helpful if you’re new to daily Bible reading or if you want something slower than reading the whole Bible in a single year.

The whole Bible in a year, 5 days a week, chronologically – with 2 days a week off to allow time for other reading, etc. This plan has an OT and a NT reading each day. Reading the Bible chronologically is a really interesting option if you’ve read the Bible several times before and are looking for a different approach from just starting at the beginning and carrying on until the end – although, spoiler alert, you do still start with Genesis and end with Revelation!

The whole Bible in a year, 7 days a week – each having a different theme which runs throughout the year: Epistles, The Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, Gospels – for people who like multi-tasking!

The whole Bible in a year, 4 readings a day – for those who REALLY like multi-tasking… This pattern has 2 NT and 2 OT readings per day, so would also split easily into a 2 year plan. This plan has 25 days of readings allocated per month, again to allow time for catching up, further reading or exploring other spiritual disciplines.

Chronological bible in a year – this traditional BIOY scheme is more chronological than the one above! Hard to explain, so if you want to follow a chronological plan, have a look at both…

Two year plan – does what it says on the tin! With catch-up days sprinkled throughout…

Three year plan – takes the Bible at a slower pace, a chapter a day – works well for people who like to plan long-term or in conjunction with another devotional.

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