Successfully Read Through the Bible in 2018—Discover How a Bible Reading Plan Can Work for You!

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Most of us have known Christians who seemed to really know and live God’s word. They got up at 5:00 a.m. every morning and spent time in prayer, reading, and thoughtfully considering Scripture. You may have seen the example of your pastor, elders, and Bible study leaders, or perhaps you remember your father, mother or grandmother’s daily routine. We admire the discipline and wisdom God has given them, and we desire to know God and his will for us with similar conviction.

Every Year—Another Failed Bible Reading Plan

We have all been there, and many of us are still there, feeling like we are unable to take off. How many times have we started off the new year with the resolution to read through the Bible in one year? Shortly after we’ve shared our exciting plans with our friends, we get sidetracked and—to our great dismay—miss a day or two of readings. Suddenly, a week has gone by. And before January is over, our dreams, which had seemed so full of promise and excitement, have been crushed. We quietly ditch our plans and hope no one will ask us how our Bible reading plan is progressing. We feel like failures—again. Join me in saying: “Not in 2018.”

2018 Will Be the Year of Your Success

Falling behind and being unable to catch up is one of the most common reasons we fail at completing Bible reading plans. If this is where you struggle as well, try setting a more realistic goal for yourself by choosing the Navigator’s 5x5x5 New Testament Reading PlanBy reading for five minutes per day, five days a week, you can finish the whole New Testament in a year. If you fall a day behind, you’re only five minutes behind—not five chapters! If you fall two days behind, you will only be ten minutes behind. You still have two free days on the weekend to make them up. We can usually find five minutes to read at some point in the day, including a work break, waiting for the bus, standing in line at the grocery store, waiting to pick someone up, or even waiting for the pot to boil on the stove. (Note: The third “5” in the Navigator’s New Testament reading plan includes five exercises for digging deeper into the meaning of a passage.)

Extra Credit Points!

Now let’s assume you are progressing well and able to manage five minutes per day, five days a week, of reading the New Testament. Next, you can add Mark Barry’s Bible Reading Chart as an optional “extra credit” plan. This plan allows you to read through the Bible at your own pace, checking off the chapters you have read as you go. You can add your favorite books from the Old Testament, or even read books from the New Testament a second time for “extra credit.” Remember, if you notice yourself falling behind, skip Barry’s chart and stick to your Navigator’s 5x5x5 New Testament Reading Plan

Discover the Joy of God's Word in 2018

By using either of these plans or combining them, you can have fun tracking your progress and discover the joy of reading Scripture on a consistent basis. You can journal your thoughts and questions as you go. You may also want to ask a friend to join you. Also, consider joining the 2018 5x5x5 New Testament Bible Reading Plan group for inspiration, encouragement, and answers to your questions. Print out the following two Bible reading plans below, start checking off all the little boxes as you go, and make 2018 the year you accomplish your Bible reading goals!

Bible Reading Plans

Navigator’s 5x5x5 New Testament Reading Plan

Read through the whole New Testament in a year, by reading five minutes per day, five days a week (Monday through Friday). You will read only one chapter per day, allowing for deeper reflection on days when you have more time. Weekends (or any two days of your choosing) are set aside for catching up and reflection.

Mark Barry’s Bible Reading Chart

Read through the Bible at your own pace, checking off the chapters you have read as you go. You can finish very quickly or take more than a year with this chart.