A friend of mine decided to increase his uptake of the word of God and started a plan to read the entire New Testament in three months. It got me thinking about Bible reading plans and some of the pro’s and con’s of different plans. Much more pluses than the minuses by the way. Personally, I have benefitted from many different plans over the years.
So, here’s an idea to jump start your Bible reading plan with a turbo-charged jump start. This plan is heavy on the front end and lighter on the back end but will keep you on track to read the entire New Testament in just 28 days. Here’s the rationale: Most of us begin our reading plans with great hope and verve that diminishes over time. So how do we overcome that and keep ourselves motivated to finish.
Plan in Brief: Read the Chapters that Corresponds to the Day of the Month
Many reading plans work best when the reader starts on the the first day of the month. This one in particular almost demands it. Most of us begin our reading plans with lots of fervor and commitment that wanes over time. In this plan, you will read half of the New Testament in the first week. Having begun so well, the hope is that you will be motivated to finish the remainder of the New Testament in the final 21 days of the plan.
Day # of Chapters to read Comment on what gets read
Day 1: Read 27 chapter ones (All books)
Day 2: Read 23 chapter twos (Philemon, 2 and 3 John and Jude drop out)
Day 3: Read 23 chapter threes
Day 4: Read 20 chapter fours (Titus, 2 Thessalonians and 2 Peter drop out)
Day 5: Read 17 chapter fives (Philippians, Colossians, and 2 Timothy drop out)
Day 6: Read 13 chapter sixes (1 Thessalonians, 1 Peter, and 1 John drop out)
Day 7: Read 10 chapter sevens (Galatians, Ephesians, and 1 Timothy drop out)
Day 8: Read 10 chapter eights
Day 9: Read 10 chapter nines
Day 10: Read 10 chapter tens
Day 11: Read 10 chapter elevens
Day 12: Read 10 chapter twelves
Day 13: Read 10 chapter thirteens
Day 14: Read 8 chapter fourteens (2 Corinthians and Hebrews drop out)
Day 15: Read 8 chapter fifteens
Day 16: Read 8 chapter sixteens
Day 17: Read 6 chapter seventeens (Romans and 1 Corinthians drop out)
Day 18: Read 5 chapter eighteens (Matthew, Luke, John, Acts and Revelation continue)
Day 19: Read 5 chapter nineteens (Matthew, Luke, John, Acts and Revelation continue)
Day 20: Read 5 chapter twenties (Matthew, Luke, John, Acts and Revelation continue)
Day 21: Read 5 chapter twenty-ones (Matthew, Luke, John, Acts and Revelation continue)
Day 22: Read 4 chapter twenty-twos (Matthew, Luke, Acts and Revelation continue)
Day 23: Read 3 chapter twenty-threes (Matthew, Luke, Acts and Revelation continue)
Day 24: Read 3 chapter twenty-fours (Matthew, Luke, Acts and Revelation continue)
Day 25: Read 2 chapter twenty-fives (Matthew and Acts continue)
Day 26: Read 2 chapter twenty-sixes (Matthew and Acts continue)
Day 27: Read 2 chapter twenty-sevens (Matthew and Acts continue)
Day 28: Read 2 chapter twenty-eights (Matthew and Acts continue)
Looks complicated but its not. Day 21, you are reading every chapter that has 21 chapters or more.
Try it next month. First full month after Easter. You will be amazed what this will do for your spiritual life.