Brief Notes

Reading
through the
Bible
Next Year

26 December 2023

The card above
is not a schedule,
but a guide to help you
read through the Bible;
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download it

“Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.”
— John 17:17

It is crucial to our Christian life that we develop the habit of spending time in the word every day; after all, it is our spiritual food (Matt. 4:4, Heb. 6:12-14, 1 Peter 2:2), and moreover, as the Lord makes clear in His prayer above, it is only through the word of truth that we can be sanctified.

One of the best ways to develop this habit, especially for younger believers, is to read through the Bible from cover to cover every year, or at least every other year. And one of the best ways to do that is to start a new reading of the Bible with the beginning of the new year.

Reading through the Bible should take most people about 60 hours or so. On the one hand, that may seem like a lot of time, but on the other, there are more than 8,500 hours in a year, so it’s not too much if you do some reading consistently each day.

If you still feel that is too much, though, you can do this: Just read through the New Testament. You can do that by reading one chapter a day, which on average will only take about five minutes or so. Since there are 260 chapters in the New Testament, reading one a day, six days a week, will get you through it in a year with time to spare.

If you do want to make reading through the Bible a goal for yourself this new year, then you need to make a plan for doing that, as you do with any genuine goal. There are a lot of different schedules and methods you can use; you can look online to find the one that’s best for you.

One option, though, and just about the simplest, is to follow the trusty “3 & 1” method, i.e., read three chapters in the Old Testament and one in the New each day, six days a week. This will will get you through the Bible in just about one year.

I’ve also put together the card above as my own effort in this regard. It’s not a schedule, but rather it breaks the Bible down into 90 readings so you can go through it at your own pace. One reading a day (which is a lot) will get you through the Bible in 3 months, while one a week will do it in two years. (The full instructions are on the back of the card, which is provided below, or you can also go to 90Readings.org.)

TIP: These are photo images, so you can just tap or click on them to download them to your phone, tablet, or computer to keep them at your fingertips.

But, however you decide to read through the Bible, the key thing is: get started! You will find this to be an immense help to your spiritual life in Christ.

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P.S.: A couple of other brothers and I also consider  the importance of consistent Bible reading, and some different ways to develop that habit, in Episode #25 of the podcast, “Coming to the Bible,”