Bible Reading Plan

Read the whole bible for yourself in two years

Using this plan, reading about two chapters of the Bible every day, you can cover the whole of the Old Testament once and the whole of the New Testament and Psalms twice in two years.

Download the plan:

The St John’s Bible Reading Plan – 2019 only
The St John’s Bible Reading Plan – Volume 1 (for even years, eg 2020)
The St John’s Bible Reading Plan – Volume 2 (for odd years eg 2021)

Get it on your phone or tablet:

Watch a step-by-step video to getting the Reading Plan on your phone or tablet here.

Or follow these instructions:

  1. Visit bible.com/app from your mobile device.
  2. Download The Bible App by Youversion.
  3. In the app under Plans / Find Plans, search for the “Two Year Bible Reading Plan.”
    Note: There are two plans. Use Volume 2 for odd years (eg 2019) and Volume 1 for even years (eg 2020).

If you are beginning in the middle of a calendar year, you will need to use the “Catch me up” feature to jump to the current bit of the plan. Watch the video above to see how to do this, or follow these instructions:

  1. Calculate how many days into the year you are
    (eg on 21 June, count the number of days in each completed month, add 21 for June, and the total is 172 days)
  2. Jump to the day before that number in the plan
    (eg for 21 June, jump to Day 171 in the plan)
  3. Tap the tick box next to the readings for that day so that they show as completed.
  4. From the menu, select “Catch me up” and confirm that you want to shift dates forward.

Why read the Bible every day?

By reading the Bible every day, you will discover:

That it’s full of stories! Far from being legalistic and dull, it’s mainly stories about real people living real lives, and how they connected with God – sometimes well, sometimes really badly. You’ll also find poetry, letters, adventures and romances… And all of it points to Jesus, whose life, death, resurrection and promised return have changed the world forever.

That it’s an anchor for life. Most of the time we go along with the crowd – but how do we know the crowd is heading in the right direction? The Bible helps us to find God’s good and perfect way to live, filled with his Spirit.

That through this book, God will speak to you. The Bible is the main way in which God can speak to you. The words on the page come to life as, filled with God’s Holy Spirit, they speak directly and personally to you.

You can listen to a talk Gavin gave during a service about why to read the Bible every day here.

Help along the way

Getting started

If you are new to reading the Bible, we recommend doing The Bible Course. Get an overview of the whole Bible over eight weeks, and get into a habit of reading it for yourself every day. Contact the office to sign up for the next course: office@sjlh.org.uk

Read with others

It’s much easier to read the Bible with other people. Why not join a small group and start a Bible Book Club as you make your way through the Bible Reading Plan? The Bible Society has excellent resources to support your Bible Book Club here.

Bibles

Use a good, modern translation of the Bible like the New International Version (NIV). For extra information alongside the text, invest in a good Study Bible like:

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible
The NLT Life Application Study Bible, or
The Soul Survivor Youth Bible.

Check out the copies we keep in the church library in the Evens Room (first floor).

Books

For a brief introduction to each book of the Bible as you go, try:

How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart (Zondervan, 2014)

For a daily commentary that accompanies the reading plan:

buy For the Love of God (Vol 1 & 2) by Don Carson, or
get them free as an e-book here: Volume One (for even years, eg 2020) and Volume Two (for odd years, eg 2019)

Videos

This short video from the Youth Alpha film series gives some practical tips and advice for getting into a daily Bible reading habit.

Go to www.thebibleproject.com for excellent, short video introductions to every major section of the Bible, and lots more.

 

The St John’s Bible reading plan is based on a scheme developed by the 19th century Scottish minister Robert M’Cheyne.