Friday, December 30, 2011

This Year's Bible Reading Plan

I successfully completed last year's plan, so I need to pick which plan I'll follow this year. Last year I used the  M’Cheyne plan through the YouVersion site and Android App. It has daily reading from four different places. I liked it, but struggled with having four different "stories" going at once. One nice thing is that by following the plan, you will have read the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice by years end.

So, this year I'm going with the Canonical plan. This plan simply starts with Genesis 1 and goes straight through till the end. I'll still read the whole Bible, and with the lighter schedule I'll be able to read some other books as well.



If you're feeling ambitious, you can join Tim Challies in attempting Professor Grant Horner's Bible Reading System. His plan is intense to say the least. Here is a little more about it.

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. 
On day one, you read Matthew 1, Genesis 1, Romans 1, and so forth. On day 2, read Matthew 2, Genesis 2, etc. On day 29, you will have just finished Matthew, so go to Mark 1 on the Gospel list; you’ll also be almost to the end of 2nd Corinthians and Proverbs, you’ll be reading Psalm 29 and Genesis 29, and so forth. When you reach the last chapter of the last book in a list - start over again. Rotate all the way through all the Scriptures constantly. 
Since the lists vary in length, the readings begin interweaving in constantly changing ways. You will NEVER read the same set of ten chapters together again! Every year you’ll read through all the Gospels four times, the Pentateuch twice, Paul’s letters 4-5 times each, the OTwisdom literature six times, all the Psalms at least twice, all the Proverbs as well as Acts a dozen times, and all the way through the OTHistory and Prophetic books about 1 12 times. Since the interweaving is constantly changing, you will experience the Bible commenting on itself in constantly changing ways — the Reformer’s principle of ‘scriptura interpretans scripturam’ — ‘scripture interpreting scripture’IN ACTION!
I have tried this system before. It does work, though it does take some getting used to. Prof. Horner's plan is also available through YouVersion if you're interested. Be sure to sign up with Challies, if you're going to use it, he has a Facebook page setup for those wishing to participate. 


So, what plans have you used? What are you using this year?
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