New Year Bible Reading

It’s the second day of 2008, how much of your Bible have you read?

I have resolved to read through the Bible at least once each year for the rest of my life. I’ve completed several styles so far. Each offers a different insight. This year I’m trying something new after completing a Personal Spiritual Disciplines class for seminary (taught by Dr. Don Whitney).

The file we were given as handouts is here. It is also available on Dr. Whitney’s website –, along with many other great resources.

The plan is simple – read through the Bible in one year by marking off the chapters as you read. In the file there is an explanation of a few ways to read through as well as a list of all the books of the Bible and their chapters. For instance, Genesis is listed and then after it are listed “1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12″ and so on up to 50. Each chapter you read you can mark off. I think this plan will give me a lot of confidence to read through the Bible at several different starting points.

My opinion so far is that it frees me up. I don’t have to have a Bible specifically arranged into days or log onto a website each day or consult a list. If I want to read 2 chapters of Genesis and then a chapter from John, I know I won’t lose track of what I read.

The only thing I know I will personally need is a way to determine if I’m behind. It almost always happens sometime in the year. There are 1189 chapters in the Bible (929 Old Testament, 260 New Testament). If I read 3 chapters per day and 5 chapters on the Lord’s day (recommended in the file) then I should finish just over 99 chapters every 30 days.

The only thing I could think to add is that it is helpful to read through a book from beginning to end, with the exceptions of Psalms and possibly Proverbs. So marking off John chapter 17 before you read John chapters 1 through 16 will not be as beneficial as reading straight through John.

Want a challenge? Many of the Puritans (godly men and women living in the 17th century) made time to read 10 to 15 chapters of the Bible each day (A Puritan’s Mind). At that rate you would finish the Bible every 3 to 4 months.

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