I’ve posted this Bible reading plan before. We use it in The Crowded House Sheffield. If you’ve been using it then you’ll be interested in this postcard-sized version of the plan for 2014. If you’re not reading through the Bible then the approach of the new year is a good time to review your Bible reading habits. Here are a couple of old posts on why that would be a good idea – Hearing God Speak and Must I Read My Bible Every Day?This plan has a number of differences from other plans.
1. Flexibility - The plan specifies a number of chapters for each week rather than for each day. This makes it more flexible. You can read a chapter or two each day or you can read it in two or three sittings. Or you can set out reading a chapter a day and then catch up at the weekend. It means it fits more readily around people’s lifestyle.
2. Communal - It is designed to be followed with a partner or among a group of people. There is only one section each week (occasionally two shorter books). So you don’t have to read a section from one book and then a section from another book each day. It means the sections are somewhat uneven, but it makes it easy to discuss what you have been reading when you meet up with other people.
We’ve been using it for a year now and it works very well in this way. I meet up with a friend each week for lunch. It’s easy for us to discuss what we’ve been reading because there is only one Bible book to focus on.
It also means I only need look at the Bible plan once a week – I don’t need to refer to it each day.
3. Realistic - Following this plan you read the OT in three years and the NT twice in three years. This works out at about nine chapters a week. It means you are not rushing through what you are reading to ‘get it done’. I’ve found with other plans I tend to read it with my mind disengaged. This plan gives time to meditate on the passage.
There is also a version in the document in which you cover the OT once and the NT twice in two years = about 16 chapters a week.
4. Balanced - The plan balances OT history, prophecy, wisdom, Gospel and Epistles throughout the year. You move between genres so you’re never faced with reading OT prophecy continuously for six months.
Here’s the complete three year plan and here’s this postcard-sized version of the plan for 2014.
Books by Tim Chester:
- You Can Change: God's Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions
- Closing the Window: Steps to Living Porn Free
- A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission around the Table (RE: Lit)
- Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community (Re:Lit)
- Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission (Re: Lit Books)