BIBLE READING 2021
The Bible is unique among all books. There is nothing like the Bible. David writes, “The Law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul” (Ps 19:7a). Agur son of Jakeh declares, “Every Word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him” (Prov 30:5). Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, prayed to the Father for His disciples: “‘Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth’” (Jn 17:17).
The Bible alone among all writings past and present is inspired by God, given through the Apostles and Prophets precisely as He intended, down to every stroke of the pen that makes up each letter (2 Tim 3:16-17; Matt 5:18). And as Christians, we understand that the glorious center of the Bible – about Whom and for Whom it speaks – is Jesus Christ: It is in the Bible’s pages that we see Him most clearly and are changed into His image (Jn 5:39; 2 Cor 3:18).
Recognizing these magnificent truths about the Word of God, it makes sense that His people would immerse themselves in it and hear what God is saying to them today! To that end, we’ve selected a variety of Bible reading plans for 2021 to fit different preferences and focuses. We want to be a church of Bible-saturated saints, and that means committing to God and one another to be reading all of God’s Word throughout our lives.
So pick a plan, whether one of the plans below or another of your choosing. Dive in as 2021 begins. And if you miss some days, don’t bog yourself down with unrealistic expectations of catching up (which usually leads to abandoning the plan) – just pick back up with the day’s reading and keep going – you’ll cover those parts you missed the next time around when you begin again!
The Lord bless you and keep you as you read His Word!
WHOLE BIBLE IN DAILY READINGS
This plan takes you through four categories of daily readings: (1) Psalms and Wisdom Literature; (2) Pentateuch and History of Israel; (3) Chronicles and Prophets; and (4) Gospels and Epistles. Reading a short section from each category will bring you through the whole Bible in a year.
STRAIGHT THROUGH IN A YEAR
This straightforward plan begins in Genesis and takes you right on through Revelation in a year. You get the same amount of Bible as the “Whole Bible in Daily Readings” plan, but without the diversity of Bible categories each day.
Scottish pastor Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s Bible reading plan is famous and has helped countless saints grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. This plan takes you through the New Testament and Psalms twice and the Old Testament once in a year.
THREE YEAR PLAN
This plan takes you through the whole Bible in three years, bouncing back and forth between the Old and New Testaments. It is especially suitable for newer believers, young readers, and or those who deliberately want to spend more time meditating on the daily reading.
NEW TESTAMENT IN SIX MONTHS
For those who are getting started in systematic Bible reading for the first time or who would benefit from a concentrated focus on the New Testament, this plan takes you straight through the New Testament in six months, or twice in a year.