So many Christians I speak to want to know their Bibles better. Almost every Christian I know wants to have more time in their Bibles, it’s often the prayer point at church meetings and in Bible studies isn’t it? Well, it’s actually a lot easier than people think it is. But you have to decide to do it and to work at it. Here are some Bible reading plans that can help you spend more time in the Bible in 2022.
Before we dive into some specific plans that I’ve used in the past and found helpful, here are some suggestions from other folks…
- Ligonier 2021 Reading Plans (18 plans)
- Navigators (three plans)
- Bible Project Reading Plan
- ESV Reading Plans (8 plans)
So, that should be enough to keep you going. Here are just a couple of the plans I’ve used in the past that have really helped me and that I would recommend to you.
This is my favourite plan that I keep coming back to. Over the course of a year you’ll read the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice. This plan is great for giving you a big overview of Scripture that would benefit so many Christians today. It will take you a bit of time to get through it each day, if we’re not willing to sacrifice our time to spend it in God’s Word what else do we deem more important? This plan may not work for everyone due to the volume of reading though, some like to go into greater detail int heir studies, which is great too!
I’ve used this one a number of times. 5 days a week, over the course of a year, gets you through the entire Bible in a kind of chronological order. It’s helpful to give you a feel for the order or events and to still give you an overview of the Bible. The 5 days element also helps because it can give you two days to catch up when you start falling behind (normally around Leviticus time for most people).
This is a 7 day plan that takes you through a different genre of Scripture each day (Epistle, Law, history, Psalms, poetry, prophecy, or Gospel). This plan is helpful for those who find it easier to stick within one book of the Bible for one day. The issue, I personally found with this plan, is that if you only read one genre per week meaning that it’s easy to forget what happened in the previous reading the week before. You could just start and finish one genre if you wanted, but that would be going against the plan (gasping with sarcasm!).
Whilst all of these Bible plans may be helpful to different people in different circumstances, it is important to remember not to become legalistic with ‘quiet times’. I personally think spending time in God’s Word in the morning is the best way for a Christian to start their day, but if I were to insist on that for everyone it has the potential to become ritualistic and legalistic. A Bible reading plan should be a tool to aid you in your devotion, not a whip to beat yourself with. But that’s a whole topic for another post, maybe one day 😀