Daily Bible Reading - Read the Whole Bible in One YearUse this Format to Read the Entire Bible from Cover to Cover
Read the Bible in a Year
The Puritans knew their Bibles well. It is often a matter of meditation for contemporary pastors to ponder whether or not they would be allowed in a Puritan church as a members in those days, much less a pastor, with the knowledge they have of the Bible today. In any case, every professing Christian should have a daily habit of Bible reading, prayer and mediation. (Yes, meditation too!) Prayer is likened unto breathing, and Bible reading/meditation is likened unto eating. Do you eat to live? Do you breathe to live?
If you do, then you are accomplishing what the human body requires for life. But what of the soul? Does your soul eat and breathe? Your soul is in dire need of daily food and breath, without which, it will shrivel up and die. Spiritual declension and backsliding are the result of neglecting to feed the soul. Little by little prayer and bible reading/meditation are put off and other “more important” things are taken up to busy the mind, or fill up a given day. As fallen humans, we are prone to this, even among the best Christians. We need to have a plan, a strategy, which aids us to endeavor through each day with a structured and defined reading agenda.
Many of the Puritans read 10-15 chapters a day (they had the time–or rather, they made the time.) The format offered here is not a schedule to read 15 chapters a day, although we should immerse ourselves in the Word of God as much as possible.
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The schedule proposed here is to read 4 chapters a day: 2 from the Old Testament, 1 Psalm, and 1 from the New Testament.
There are 1189 chapters in the Bible. By reading 4 chapters a day, it will give you the ability to read through the whole of Scripture each year, with some extra time at the end to read extra passages again that you were curious about, or need to go over for a better grasp of the text.
This is one schematic (of many) which may help you follow through reading the Bible in a year. After following through on this Schedule, you will have read the Old Testament and the New Testament once through.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne also had an excellent schedule to follow, if you would be more inclined to have pages to check off as you go. That can be downloaded here.
To aid in Bible reading, some key questions to ask are these:
What did I just read about?
What is God trying to say in this chapter?
What is God trying to tell me, or teach me in this chapter?
How can I apply these truths to my own life?
Asking questions is one of the best ways of studying and meditating. Prayerfully consider the chapters you read and seek the Spirit of Truth for His power to work in you and motion you to obedience as you read and meditate on the Word of God.
Consider Thomas Watson’s 24 Directions to Profitable Bible Reading
DIRECTION 1. If you would profit by reading, remove those things which will hinder your profiting.
DIRECTION 2. If you would profit, prepare your hearts for the reading of the word.
DIRECTION 3. Read the scripture with reverence.
DIRECTION 4. Read the books of scripture in order.
DIRECTION 5. Get a right understanding of scripture.
DIRECTION 6. Read the word with seriousness.
DIRECTION 7. Labor to remember what you read.
DIRECTION 8. Meditate upon what you read.
DIRECTION 9. Come to the reading of scripture with humble hearts.
DIRECTION 10. Give credence to the word written.
DIRECTION 11. Highly prize the scriptures.
DIRECTION 12. Get an ardent love to the word.
DIRECTION 13. Come to the reading of the word with honest hearts.
DIRECTION 14. Learn to apply scripture.
DIRECTION 15. Observe the preceptive part of the word, as well as the promises.
DIRECTION 16. Let your thoughts dwell on the most material passages of scripture.
DIRECTION 17. Compare yourselves with the word.
DIRECTION 18. Take special notice of those scriptures which speak to your particular case.
DIRECTION 19. Take special notice of the examples in scripture.
DIRECTION 20. Do not leave off reading the Bible until you find your hearts warmed by it.
DIRECTION 21. Set on the practice of what you read.
DIRECTION 22. Make use of Christ’s prophetic office.
DIRECTION 23. Go often into the threshold of the sanctuary.
DIRECTION 24. Pray that God will make you profit.