Cultivating a Life of Abiding in God’s Word

There are 1189 chapters in the Bible. That means if you read 4 chapters a day you could read the Bible in a year while missing/taking a break 65+ days. If you read 2 chapters a day, you could read the Bible over 2 years. The Psalms can be read monthly by reading about 5 Psalms a day. Many books of the Bible can easily be read by dividing them over a week or month (one chapter a day).

I’ve assembled a few recommended Bible-reading plans below. No plan is better than another; the right one is the one you like and are able to stick with. I have yet to meet someone who expressed regret at taking the time to read through Scripture in its entirety!

Some of these plans are for the whole Bible (in a year), but that’s quite ambitious. If you want to go a little more slowly, then try to read only the New Testament in a year, and then maybe the Old Testament in the next year. You can, of course, start at any time of the year. The important thing is that you start.

These plans are meant to compliment your daily use of the Congregation at Prayer, which is a brief devotion for our parish life. Regular, consistent study of God’s Word will benefit your hearing of preaching, interaction with teaching, and the Spirit’s application of the Word to your life.

CPH “Lutheran Life”

If you’ve never read through the Bible, download this Bible reading plan guide and pick a two year, one year, chronological, and story-based reading plan.

Horner Bible Reading System

Professor Grant Horner’s unusual, challenging, and life-changing Bible-Reading System is unlike any other you have ever seen. Each day you will read one chapter from each of ten lists. That’s right — ten chapters per day!!! Use ten bookmarks or sticky notes with the individual lists on them to keep track of your locations. Or use the set of bookmarks provided on the last page of this document.

Christ is the Cure

This site has an excellent summary of the time it takes to read the Bible. It’s a lot less time than you think!


This website offers a number of reading plans, including the whole Bible in a year, the New Testament in six months, and many other options. You can also choose from a range of delivery options, including print, email, phone and RSS feed … but only the English Standard Version (ESV) is offered. Click here.


This website provides not only loads of reading plans but also a whole range of translations, including the old faithful King James, all the way through to the modern and easy-to-read The Message. Click here.