With the beginning of the new year, some people consider picking up the goal of reading the whole Bible in one year. While you can start any day of the year, January 1st is a great time to start this. The benefit of going through the whole Bible can give you a perspective on the context of the whole Bible. Pray about what God wants for your devotional time with Him. If reading the Bible in one year is what God is guiding you to do, here are some ideas on how you can do this.
The YouVersion app, available for Android, iPhone, Kindle Fire, and a variety of devices, has several reading plans that take you through the whole Bible in one year. Find these plans by selecting “plans”; then choose “Through the Bible” and “Whole” (if you want to read the whole Bible). One advantage to this app is that you can have your device read it to you out loud. Just click on the speaker button on the page when you are on a Scripture page.
Also, the web version of the YouVersion app, Bible.com, has many one year Bible reading plans (as well as other reading plans). Visit https://www.bible.com/reading-plans-collection/1921 to find the right plan for you.
If you prefer the feeling of an actual book, you can buy the One Year Bible. There are many different publishers who publish a Bible already divided into daily readings for the whole year. Just choose your preferred Bible translation – English Standard Version (ESV) is a good translation to start with. Or, you can follow a printed list of read-ings with your current Bible. A variety of plans can be found on Ligonier’s website, including a reading plan that only runs Monday – Friday, and two-year plans. To find out more, visit http://www.ligonier.org/blog/bible-reading-plans/. If you don’t have access to the Internet and would like a one year Bible reading plan, please contact the church office, and we would be happy to print one for you.
Whatever method you choose, remember that connecting with God is more important than checking off a box that you finished your reading for the day. You may also want to decide how to handle missed days – whether or not you will catch up on missed reading or just jump in to the current day’s reading. As you continue through your reading plan, you’ll find valuable wisdom in books of the Bible you may have never opened before.