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A Bible Reading Challenge for 2010


Update:  New Facebook discussion group for the Horner Bible Reading plan and variations on it.

It’s not too late to start a serious Bible reading program for the new year.  “Bible in a Year” programs, where you read through the Bible once a year, are a good start.  But how about trying something more challenging, reading the Bible several times a year, to really increase your understanding and memory of God’s word?  The following are three variations I have come up with, based originally on the Horner Bible Reading System, that follow a genre style reading where you are always reading portions from different sections of the Bible.  The overall instructions are simple enough:  start at the beginning of each list, and read a chapter (or 2 or 3, as indicated below) each day from that list.  Repeat the same for the second list, and so on.  The next day, you pick up where you left off the previous day, reading the next chapter from each of the lists.  When you reach the end of one of the lists, you start back at the beginning of that list.  No calendar restrictions with this plan, so if you miss a day you simply pick up the next day where you left off.  All you need is a Bible — either print or online software — and six or seven bookmarks.

Here are three such reading plans, with the easier (as in fewer chapters) plan listed first.

Plan 1
List 1:  Gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke, John — 1 chapter per day — 89 days
List 2:   Pentateuch — Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy — 1 chapter per day — 187 days
List 3:  Epistles — all the New Testament letters, from Romans through Jude — 1 chapter per day — 121 days
List 4:  Wisdom  — Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon — 1 chapter per day — 243 days
List 5:  History — Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther — 1 chapter per day — 249 days
List 6:  Prophets — all major and minor prophets, Isaiah through Malachi — 1 chapter per day — 250 days
List 7:  Acts and Revelation — 1 chapter per day — 50 days

In this plan you read just 7 chapters a day, and you will completely read through the Bible in 250 days.  After a full year, you will have read through the gospels four times, the Pentateuch twice, through the New Testament letters three times, and through Acts and Revelation seven times.

Plan 2 is the same 7 lists as above, but read multiple chapters for all except lists 1 and 7, for a total of 13 chapters a day:
List 2:  read 2 chapters a day, for 93 days total
List 3:  read 2 chapters a day, for 60 days total
List 4:  read 3 chapters a day, for 81 days total
List 5:  read 2 chapters a day, for 124 days total
List 6:  read 2 chapters a day, for 125 days total

Plan 3 is more intense, for those who would like to try something similar to the “Bible in 90 Days” plan — but reading through different parts of the Bible at the same time instead of sequentially from Genesis to Revelation.  This schedule is similar to plan 2, with slight rearranging to complete all the lists in a three month period, yet with only one more chapter per day — for 14 chapters a day:
List 1:  Gospels — 1 chapter a day — 89 days
List 2:  Pentateuch — 2 chapters a days — 93 days
List 3:  New Testament Acts through Revelation  — 2 chapters a day — 85 days
List 4:  Wisdom — 3 chapters a day — 81 days
List 5:  Old Testament History — 3 chapters a day — 83 days
List 6:  Old Testament Prophets — 3 chapters a day — 83 days

For now I am doing Plan 2.  Actually I am just ending a 12-list plan and merging some of the lists into the 7 lists used in plans 1 and 2 above.  Is anyone else up to any of these challenges?  Let me know which plan, and/or any other Bible reading ideas you have.

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  1. Sonja
    August 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Hey Lynda! FYI, your updating of this post bumped it up on my blogger feed (but no email). 🙂

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