5 Ways to Read the Bible

If you’ve never read through the Bible completely, that is something you should consider.  It’s not as hard as it sounds.  I’ve done it, and I learned that when you read it all, you’ll realize just how much you were missing! 

There are a lot of ways to read through the Bible.  First, you can just pick it up and read it straight through, starting with Genesis and going all the way to Revelation.  I’ll admit, that method takes some serious dedication through some of the Old Testament books. 

If you want a Bible reading plan that has you reading the Old Testament and New Testament at the same time, check out these three fromNavpress.com    These are printable plans that you can place in your Bible and check the box as you finish each reading.  One of the plans gives you only about five minutes’ worth of reading each day, taking you through the New Testament in a year.  The second plan has two readings each day and takes you through both the Old and New Testaments in a year.  The third one has four different readings each day and again takes you through the Bible in a year.

Another way to read the Bible is to read it chronologically.  ESV.org offers a printable chronological reading plan here. When you read the Bible straight through, you might realize that you are not reading them entirely in chronological order.  Using this reading plan will give you a different perspective on just what is going on, especially in the historical and prophetic books in the Old Testament.  It also places the Gospel stories together so that you can read the story of Jesus from the perspective of all the Gospel writers at one time.

If you’re interested in Bible reading plans but tend to use your smartphone for your Bible, check out the app store for your phone.  On my iPhone, I use an app simply called Reading Plan and it offers several different translations and reading plans.  The Bible app you're already using might offer reading plans as well.

The best part about reading plans is that they are flexible.  If finishing in a year is too much pressure, just go at your own pace.  The important thing is that you’re reading, not how quickly you do it.

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Have you ever read the Bible through?  If so, what is one thing that surprised you as you did it?

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