Invest your time in God's word
In a world full of so much noise competing for our attention, it is so important that we stay rooted in truth by reading the Bible often—ideally, every day.
Committing to a Bible reading plan like the ones below can help you to do just that by breaking it down into digestible sections each day. Not every Bible reading plan works for everyone, though. Depending on how familiar you are with the Bible and how much you'd like to read at a time, we've put together a few different options for you below.
2023 Bible Reading Plan
We've partnered with the American Bible Society and the National Association of Evangelicals to share this 2023 Bible reading plan with you. This plan will take you through the entire Bible in a year.
» This plan also features a podcast through The Bible Recap, designed to help you digest and "recap" what you just read each day in a short, 8-minute podcast available online.
» If you've ever finished reading your Bible and thought, "What did I just read?", this plan paired with The Bible Recap podcast could be a great resource for you to help you better understand and apply what you're reading.
MORE PLANS TO HELP YOU GROW
Whether you're brand new to the Bible, know it cover-to-cover, or are somewhere in between, there's a plan for you.
If you are brand new to Bible reading
The Bible is divided into two major sections, the Old Testament (39 books) and the New Testament (27 books). The Old Testament was written to predict that a Messiah (a Savior) would come and save the world from sin. The New Testament tells the story of how God fulfilled those promises by sending His Son, Jesus.
The time between the last written book of the Old Testament and the first book of the New Testament is just over 400 years. Since there is a natural 400-year gap between the Testaments, the Bible is divided up into those two parts.
» Start by reading "The Gospel of John" (the 4th "book" of the New Testament). You'll learn about Jesus Christ in a way that will help you believe in Him more (the purpose of John is in John 20:31).
» Then, read "The New Testament" through twice (the 27 "books" of the New Testament). You'll learn about Jesus in "the Gospels" (the 1st 4 books), the early church in "Acts" (the 5th book), Christian principles in "Romans" through "Jude" (the 6th-26th books), and prophecy in "Revelation" (the 27th/ last book of the Bible).
» Then, read both the Old Testament and the New Testament by alternating in each Testament. Example: Read Genesis (OT book # 1), then read Matthew (NT book # 1), then read Exodus (OT book #2), then read Mark (NT book #2), then read Leviticus (OT book #3), then read Luke (NT book #3), and so on. When you finish Revelation (NT book #27), read Hosea (OT book #28) through Malachi (OT book #39) in order (use the Bible's table of contents for order).
If you're familiar with the Bible
If you've been reading the Bible for some time now but would still like a plan to help you, here are some options:
» PLAN 1 - OLD TESTAMENT AND NEW TESTAMENT ALTERNATING: This plan will take you through the whole Bible by reading one Old Testament book, followed by a book in the New Testament.
Read Genesis (OT book # 1), then read Matthew (NT book # 1), then read Exodus (OT book #2), then read Mark (NT book #2), then read Leviticus (OT book #3), then read Luke (NT book #3), and so on. When you finish Revelation (NT book #27), read Hosea (OT book #28) through Malachi (OT book #39) in order (use the Bible's table of contents for order).
» PLAN 2 - OLD TESTAMENT, OLD TESTAMENT, AND NEW TESTAMENT ALTERNATING: This plan will walk you through the entire Bible by reading two Old Testament books at a time, followed by one book from the New Testament.
Read Genesis (OT book #1), then Proverbs (OT book #20), then Matthew (NT book #1). read Exodus (OT book #2), then Ecclesiastes (OT book #21), then Mark (NT book #2). Read Leviticus (OT book #3), then Song of Songs (OT book #22), then Luke (NT book #3), and so on. When you finish James (NT book #20), continue reading the rest of the New Testament from 1 Peter (NT book #21) through Revelation (NT book #27) in order (use your Bible’s table of contents for order).
HOW DO I READ MY BIBLE?
If you're new to Bible reading, getting started can feel daunting at times. But God desires for us to delight in spending time in His word!
» HOW OFTEN SHOULD I READ MY BIBLE?
Strive to read your Bible every day. It's important to prioritize making Bible reading a daily habit. If you miss a day, don't get frustrated! As we read the Bible, we begin to see how God responds to things and it draws us closer and closer to Him.
» HOW LONG SHOULD I READ MY BIBLE AT A TIME?
If you're new to the Bible, aim for 10 minutes each day. If you're more familiar with it but haven't read it all through, shoot for 15 minutes. If you're aiming to read the Bible entirely in a year, aim for 3-4 chapters a day.
The key isn't so much about how much time you spend in the Bible each day. It's more about making it a consistent habit in your life so you are regularly immersed in God's truth.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”