"The Bible is not an option, it is a necessity. You cannot grow spiritually strong without it." - Billy Graham
About this Plan
This is a chronologically guided reading plan broken into a weekly schedule with free days (for those times when we fall behind and need to catch up)! You can download the entire plan in PDF.
Weekly Setup and Free Days
Let me tell you about the weekly breakdown first. So the plan is broken down to fit into just 50 weeks. And each week will cover a specific section of the Bible within the same Era (see next section). And because there are only 50 weeks, you get 2 free weeks; one mid-year and one at the end of the year. Why? Because life happens and we all need some wiggle room when we fall behind and need to catch up.
In addition to the 2 free weeks, within each week, the reading passages have been broken down to fit into just 5 days. Which means you get 2 free days each week to catch up or do some extra reading.
The entire plan is setup in such a way that the Biblical story is broken into 12 main Eras or time periods such that the passages will read in a chronological sequence as much as possible. I have borrowed this concept from Max Anders book “30 Days to Understanding the Bible in 15 Minutes a Day” (you can watch the first 2 minutes of this video to get more information or read about it in a PDF download).
I really hope this breakdown will help you to more easily follow along with the Biblical story as your take on this great challenge of reading through the entire Bible in a year.
In addition to breaking it down by time periods, I also am providing weekly summaries for the passages that should help you get an idea of the Bible passages covered even if you are unable to read all of it. This way it should feel like you are reading once continuous story line.
Reading the Psalms
The Psalms being in their own category get a bit tricky to break down. So, I am allowing for two options to tackle this. First, you have the option of reading 3-4 Psalms each week along with your weekly reading passages. However, when we are reading through the Kingdom era, two weeks (16-17) are set aside for focusing just on the Psalms. Here I also provide some great tips and information about the Psalms that will help you.
And now here is the entire plan. Be sure to use the hyperlinks that will take you to the weekly summary posts that will guide you further in your reading journey. You can also download the entire plan in PDF.
Here is another PDF which includes week starting dates for 2021. The week is set to start on a Sunday so you have some time to look over the plan for the week and prepare as needed.
|Week #||Title||Bible Passages to Read|
|1||Getting Started||Genesis 1-11|
|2||The Greatest Promise Keeper||Genesis 12- 36|
|3||Though it delays, wait for it!||Genesis 37-50|
|4||God’s nature is not dependent on our circumstances||Job 1-42|
|5||Peace amidst the storm||Exodus 1-15:21|
|6||Holy God desires holiness in His children||Exodus 15:22 – 40|
|7||Holy God provides the plan for unholy people to come into His presence||Leviticus 1-27|
|8||The promised land is so close but yet so far||Numbers 1-19|
|9||Entering the promised land incites excitement |
and requires valuable preparations
|10||God is able to powerfully use those who are yielded to Him||Deuteronomy 1-34|
|11||Remember God’s faithfulness of fulfilled promises and always follow Him||Joshua 1-24|
|12||God is faithful even through our faithlessness||Judges 1-21; Ruth 1-4|
|13||The anointing of the Lord is essential for any mission||1 Chronicles 1-10; 1 Samuel 1-31|
|14||A heart that seeks after God shall persevere through many troubles||1 Chronicles 11-29|
2 Samuel 1-24
|15||Unlike earthly kingdom God’s kingdom dominion is forever||1 Kings 1-11|
2 Chronicles 1-9
|16-17||The Lord reigns and is also a very present source of security (Part 1 | Part 2)||Psalms 1-150|
|18||The Word of God is always relevant to our society||Ecclesiastes 1-12; Song of Songs 1-8|
|19||The Lord needs people who can boldly declare the Word of the Lord||1 Kings 12-2 Kings 1|
2 Chronicles 10-20
|20||Greater things come to those who keep believing and pursuing God||2 Kings 2-14; 2 Chronicles 21-25|
|21||God is the rightful King who is always on the throne||2 Kings 15-16; 2 Chronicles 26-27|
Amos; Jonah; Isaiah 1-35
|22||Covenant keeping God requires faithfulness from His people||2 Kings 17-21; 2 Chronicles 29-33|
Hosea; Micah; Joel; Nahum
|23||When God calls and commissions; He equips and strengthens||Jeremiah 1-49|
|24||Turning to the Lord requires all our heart, soul and strength||2 Kings 22-24; 2 Chronicles 34-36|
Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Obadiah
|25||Even amidst utter devastation there is promise and hope of restoration||Jeremiah 52; 2 Kings 25; |
2 Chronicles 36; Isaiah 40-66
|26||A Time to Mourn and Weep over Destruction||Lamentations|
|27||God is at work even in the Exile||Ezekial 1-33|
|28||Hope and Restoration Amidst Devastation||Ezekial 34-48|
|29||Thriving in Exile||Daniel|
|30||For such a time as this!||Esther|
|31||Time to Return and Rebuild the Temple||Ezra|
|32||Time to Rebuild the walls of Jerusalem||Nehemiah|
|33||Hope for the future and returning to the Lord||Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi|
|34||Jesus the Messianic King||Matt 1-28|
|35||Jesus the Suffering Servant||Mark 1-16|
|36||Jesus the Savior||Luke 1-24|
|37||Jesus is God||John 1-21|
|38||The mighty Acts of the Holy Spirit||Acts 1-28|
|39||The power of the Gospel of Christ Jesus||Romans 1-16|
|40||Learning to live in the new reality of Salvation||1 Corinthians 1-16|
|41||Forgiveness and reconciliation through the Cross||2 Corinthians 1-13|
|42||Freedom in Christ, grace, peace and Salvation||Galations 1-6; Ephesians 1-6|
|43||Joyful lessons from the sufferings of Christ and living in freedom||Philippians 1-4; Colossians 1-4; Philemon|
|44||Standing firm through suffering because of the hope in Jesus’ return||1&2 Thessalonians|
|45||A guide for leading the Church with integrity and service||1&2 Timothy; Titus|
|46||Jesus as the author and finisher of our Christian faith||Hebrews|
|47||A guide for living as Jesus follower||James, Jude|
|48||Hope in suffering and patiently await the Lord’s return||1& 2 Peter|
|49||God is love and those who know Him must Love others||1, 2, 3 John|
|50||The revelation of Jesus, the returning King.||Revelation 1-22|