What's the plan?

We’ve created a plan for reading the Bible that takes you through the whole of the New Testament and Psalms in a year, and the Old Testament over three years. This works out at about two or three chapters a day. There’s a reading from each testament Monday to Friday, and psalms between some of the books of the Old Testament, and at the weekend.

Reading the Bible by yourself is an excellent thing to do but we want to do this as a community so that we can encourage one another and learn from each other. That’s why we’ve created a plan that we’ll be encouraging as many people as possible to use, so that you can chat with others in your small group, serving teams, and at Sunday meetings about what you’ve been reading, knowing that they’ve been reading the same thing! You will be able to share with one another what you’re hearing from God, as well as what you’re finding difficult. Getting other perspectives will help broaden your own, and they will benefit from yours.

What you need

  • Download the 2019 reading plan handout with an introduction and explanation.

  • You can save the reading plans for each month as images to keep on your phone.

  • We are using the Bible Project videos to get an overview of the books we're reading through. You'll find references to the videos in the reading plan. (Some books have more than one series of videos, which is why it looks like there are some repeat references.)

  • This could be a good time to buy a study Bible with some tools to help you better understand what you're reading and hear God speak, such as the ESV Study Bible or NIV Zondervan Study Bible (recently re-released as the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible).

Helpful resources

Here are a few more resources you might want to look at to help with reading the Bible:

  • "How and Why Should I Read the Bible?" is a talk on the Alpha course. You can watch a version by Amy Orr-Ewing or as part of the Alpha Film Series.

  • Why Trust The Bible? by Amy Orr-Ewing is a short book that deals with the most common objections to the Bible. Other books that deal with similar issues are Unbreakable by Andrew Wilson and Can We Trust The Gospels? by Peter Williams.

  • The Bible Project has another series of videos called "How to read the Bible".

  • A Bible dictionary can give you more detailed explanations of the words, themes and people you're reading. Options include the IVP New Bible Dictionary (Third Edition), Zondervan’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary and Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible.

  • John Piper answers ten questions about Bible reading.

  • Other books to help you with reading and understanding the Bible: The Bible in 100 Pages by Phil Moore, How To Read The Bible For All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart, God's Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts, Women of The Word by Jen Wilkin (which isn't just for women!).

  • If you want to see the full three-year plan, it's available as a spreadsheet.