The primary goal of a Bible reading plan is to keep us reading the Bible. A Bible reading plan also organizes our reading and gives us goals to meet; usually a daily goal with the ultimate goal of finishing the plan in a specified time period.
Choosing a plan that is realistic for the amount of time you can devote to Bible reading each day will help you reach your goals. As will choosing a plan that presents the Bible in a way that will keep you motivated to read.
If you like doing things in order, then a Genesis to Revelation plan may be just what you are looking for. If you need variety to keep your interest, than a chronological plan or a New Testament/Old Testament plan might work better for you. Here are some tips on choosing a reading plan for use with PocketBible, based on your time and desire for variety.
If you have 30 minutes or more per day available for Bible reading
- Professor Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System – this is a rotating reading plan where you read 10 chapters from various places in the Bible each day. You can expect to spend 35 to 60 minutes per day on the assigned readings but it is all Bible text and is a wonderfully unique way to spend time in God’s Word.
- The 365 Day Devotional Commentary (Plan A and Plan B) – Both reading plans take you through the entire Bible but since the Bible reading is accompanied by explanatory commentary and a devotional reading, you can expect to spend more than 30 minutes per day with either plan in this book. The benefit is you will be reading and studying the Bible as you go along.
- The One Year Through the Bible Devotional – because this through-the-Bible reading plan is accompanied by a thought-provoking devotional, it is likely to put you over 30 minutes per day. Worth the time spent as devotionals are very application oriented.
- Laridian Reading Plan, Bible in 3 Months (92 days) – while this plan involves reading Bible text only, the timeline makes it an ambitious schedule so you’ll probably need more than 30 minutes per day to get through your assigned reading.
If you have less than 30 minutes a day available for Bible reading
- M’Cheyne One-Year Bible Reading Plan – usually assigns 4 to 5 chapters of Bible reading each day. If you follow this plan, you will read through the New Testament and the Psalms twice and the rest of the Bible once within the year.
- Laridian Reading Plans – this is a set of 7 reading plans of varying length. However, any one you choose should be readable in less than 30 minutes per day. The Whole Bible in a Year and the OT/NT/Psalms/Proverbs plans will both take you through the Bible in one year. The other 5 reading plans require even less reading per day (i.e. Old Testament in 1 year, New Testament in 1 Year).
- The One Year Chronological Bible Reading Plan – this reading plan arranges your readings through the entire Bible–books, chapters, and even verses–in the order the events actually happened. The daily assignments will vary in length but should be readable in less than 30 minutes.
- The One Year Bible Companion and its derivative, The One Year Bible Reading Plan should be doable in less than 30 minutes per day.
- The Daily Walk – while this reading plan is accompanied by a devotional, the devotional is brief enough that you should still be able to keep it under 30 minutes.
If you like to read the Bible, in order, from beginning to end (Genesis to Revelation)
- Laridian Reading Plan, Whole Bible in One Year – you get daily scripture reading assignments that take you from the “in the beginning” of Genesis 1:1 to the “Amen” of Revelation 22:21.
- The 365 Day Devotional Commentary (Plan A) – Begin with Genesis, and day-by-day trace the unfolding story of God’s plan for humankind. Assigned readings are accompanied by an overview, commentary and a devotional.
- The Daily Walk – this reading plan plus devotional takes you through the entire Bible in order (and with insight).
- The One Year Through the Bible Devotional – this Bible reading plan + devotional is in biblical order. The application-oriented devotional that accompanies each day’s reading assignment makes it a good companion for your year-long journey straight though the Bible.
If you like variety in your daily Bible reading
- Professor Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System – with its constantly rotating reading plan, this is the king of variable reading plans. While you read 10 chapters from the Bible per day, it will never be the SAME 10 chapters on any given day. And since the interweaving is constantly changing, you will experience the Bible commenting on itself in constantly changing ways.
- The One Year Chronological Bible Reading Plan – this is our most popular Bible reading plan and takes you through the entire Bible–books, chapters, and even verses–arranged in the order the events actually happened.
- The 365 Day Devotional Commentary (Plan B, Variety Reading Plan) – Keep your reading of Scripture fresh by balancing readings from the Old and New Testaments. Assigned readings are supplemented with an overview, commentary and a devotional.
- M’Cheyne One-Year Bible Reading Plan – Includes Old Testament, New Testament and Psalms reading for each day. Also divides the plan into Family Reading and Secret Reading (personal devotional time). If you follow this plan, you will read through the New Testament and the Psalms twice and the rest of the Bible once within the year.
- These Bible reading plans take you through the Bible in one year with selections from Old Testament and New Testament books each day:
- Laridian Reading Plan, OT/NT/Psalms/Proverbs
- The One Year Bible Reading Plan – similar to the above Laridian reading plan, your daily reading comes from the OT/NT/Psalms/Proverbs each day. The One Year Bible Companion includes the same reading plan but adds key questions and answers to enhance your daily readings.
Interested in reading more about PocketBible Bible reading plans? See these related articles on our blog:
- 8 Ways to Read Through the Bible
- Starting your Bible Reading Plan or Devotional Over for a New Year
- Reading Through the Bible: To Plan or Not to Plan