Let me suggest a different kind of Bible reading plan, one that writer Margie Haack, of Ransom Fellowship, calls “The Bible Reading Plan for Slackers & Shirkers“. She explains:
The big difference between this plan and any other I had tried was that it was not tied to any particular date. On any day of the week, say it was Friday, I read the assigned portion and happily checked it off. Fridays were good days and it is true I finished all of them before I finished the Saturdays, but then I simply read wherever I was behind.
I was not tempted to cheat, because there were no unsightly gaps. I knew it was going to take me longer than a year. And, after all, what is so inspired about doing it in a year? Nothing. I also liked not having to look up five different references in one day. You could just settle in and read an entire assignment which came from one book.
In short, here is a synopsis of some of the advantages of this plan:
- It removes the pressure to ‘keep up’ with getting through the entire Bible in a year.
- It provides variety throughout the week by alternating genres.
- It provides continuity by reading the same genre on the same day of each week.
Here’s how it works:
- Sundays: Poetry
- Mondays: Penteteuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy)
- Tuesdays: Old Testament History
- Wednesdays: Old Testament History
- Thursdays: Old Testament Prophets
- Fridays: New Testament History (Gospels & Acts)
- Saturdays: New Testament Epistles (letters)
The benefit of a plan like this is that it provides guidance but it does not put promote guilt if we miss a day. Just pick up with the next reading for whatever day it happens to be.
To download .pdf click: Bible Reading Plan for Slackers & Shirkers