Here are some possible systematic Bible reading plans to consider. There’s no need to wait for the beginning of the year (or a month) to start reading; feel free to start any plan at any time. Just jump in and begin; there’s no need to catch up what you missed.
If this is your first time reading the Bible, we recommend starting with the New Testament. If this seems a bit overwhelming, check out the monthly reading plans. (Save the Old Testament and entire Bible plans for later.)
- Read the New Testament in a year (3 to 4 minutes a day, Monday through Friday)
- Read the Old Testament in a year (10 to 12 minutes a day)
- Read the Entire Bible in a year (12 to 15 minutes a day)
- Monthly Bible reading plans (3 to 4 minutes a day)
The least effective way to read the Bible is to start on page 1 and read straight through to the end. The different sections, or books, of the Bible are grouped by category more than in chronological order, so a sequential reading doesn’t make much sense.
For more information, see the overview of books in the Bible.