Life Groups Pastor for James River Church - Tom Matthew
By: Tom Mathew12/29/16

What Bible Plan Should You Choose For The New Year?

With the New Year approaching rapidly, statistics say that about half of Americans will make a New Year’s resolution. If you have decided you want to read your Bible more this year, and I hope that you have, then it’s best to start with a plan. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of Bible reading plans for you to choose from.

Below are six Bible reading plans that will help you start and finish the New Year strong!


Created by Dr. George Guthrie, this plan takes the material of the Bible and organizes it to flow in chronological order. Since exact dating of some materials or events is not possible, the chronology simply represents an attempt to give you the reader the general flow and development of the Bible’s grand story. Some passages are placed according to topic (e.g., John 1:1-3 in Week 1, Day 2; and many of the psalms). There are six readings for each week to give you space for catching up when needed

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Discipleship Journal’s 5x5x5 Reading Plan

Read the New Testament in a year. 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, 5 ways to dig deeper. This plan will take you through one chapter each day.

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One Year Bible with Daily Psalm

Following aspects of the traditional Jewish order in the Old Testament, this plan offers a sustainable reading pace, allowing you to experience first the Old Testament and then the New Testament in one year. Each day, you’ll explore an average of four chapters, and you’ll close your time in prayer by reading a Psalm.

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Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan

An easy-to-follow guide to reading the Bible one book at a time. From Discipleship Journal, this book-at-a-time Bible reading plan gives you what you need to read the Bible in one year.

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ESV Study Bible Reading Plan

Includes readings from four sections of the Bible each day: the Psalms and Wisdom Literature, Pentateuch and History of Israel, Chronicles and Prophets, and Gospels and Epistles.

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Robert Murray M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan

This Bible reading plan is compiled by Scottish preacher Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1843) and will take you through the entire Bible in one year.

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Not much of a reader? You can listen via audio-book!

All of these plans can be downloaded to your smartphone (with the exception of the last one) and will track your daily progress as you make it through the New Year: it will even remind you if you forget to read.

I hope you enjoy – Happy New Year!