[This post is part of the Reshaping Christian Habits series]
If you subscribe to many blogs, you may have noticed that most Christian blog sites appear to follow an unwritten rule that you have to publish a post about bible reading plans some time on or around New Years. This of course is the typical time to start a reading plan, probably because people make resolutions anyway around New Years.
If you started a plan then, how’s it going? Still going strong?
Maybe you didn’t make a plan for reading Scripture this past New Years. If that’s you, and you want to change that, or if you made a plan and it fell by the wayside, then this post is for you. I’d like to give you two options for jump starting a habit of daily Bible reading. Given that today is Mid-Year’s eve, tomorrow starts the latter six months of the year. It’s chance to have a New Year’s mindset for the second half of the year.
There is no better time to re-calibrate and set some new goals, starting with…
This option entails starting a one year Bible reading plan tomorrow as if tomorrow were January 1st instead of July 1st. If you’re going to take that route, here’s a few options to consider:
Justin Taylor’s post from New Years Eve is about as detailed as it gets on the various options (Ben Terry has a CliffNotes version) and Geoff Ashley’s post has a good roundup, as well as thoughts on how to go about things. If you have Logos, you can use this guide to help stay on track with whatever plan you choose.
I’ve used a plan similar to the 5-part Bible reading plan, except it was a 4 parts. It wasn’t set for a year completion but for on-going cycles. Using four bookmarks, you place one beginning at Genesis 1 for reading through the OT historical books and prophets. Another started at Psalm 1 for reading through the wisdom and poetry of the OT (so Psalms, then Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes). Another was placed at Matthew 1 for reading through the Gospels and Acts, and the last one went at Romans 1 for reading through the epistles. I would recommend this plan since it isn’t tied to dates and the four chapters you are reading constantly change since some cycles take longer than others to complete.
However, you might want to also consider…
In keeping with the 90-day challenge, this option is to focus on a 90-day commitment. So, it is essentially a 90-day reading plan with a goal of reading either through the Gospels a chapter a day, or Paul’s epistles a chapter a day (you could also do the general epistles + Acts in 90 days). Both can be finished in less than 90 days or you could create your own collection of 90 chapters. The purpose here is to select a portion of Scripture, and commit to reading a chapter a day for the next 90 days. At the end of that time, you’ll probably want to start another one.
I am going through Paul’s epistles a chapter a day for the next 90 days. So, today I’m on Romans 4. When I finish, I’m going through the Gospels a chapter a day. Doing this back to back gets me to around Christmas/New Years and then I’ll go from there. You might want to consider doing the same. If you do, let me know, I’ll keep up with you and ask you how it’s going!