For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him with whom we have to do. (Heb_4:12-13)
…the sacred writings which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. Every scripture inspired of God [is] also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness: that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work. (2Tim 3:15-17)
Eric T. Young just published a good collection of Bible reading plans and Bible study helps. Good motivation for the beginning of a new year, isn’t it?
Robert Murray M‘Cheyne’s Bible Reading Calendar — M‘Cheyne (1813-1843) was the minister of St Peter’s Church, Dundee, Scotland. Using his plan you will read the Old Testament once, and the New Testament and Psalms twice.
Chronological Bible Reading Plan — Crossway’s ESV-based reading plan
Daily Bible Reading Plan — Crossway designed this chart for the ESV Study Bible
Through the Bible in a Year Reading Plan — Crossway’s ESV-based reading plan
Prof. Horner’s Bible-Reading System — Grant Horner, an English Professor at The Master’s College, designed this reading plan, and it is one of my favorites. By reading 10 chapters of Scripture each day you are continually covering the totality of Biblical revelation thus allowing the Bible to do what it does best – interpret itself. This is one I highly recommend!
John MacArthur’s Simple Steps to Solid Study — John MacArthur created his own plan early in his ministry. It focuses more on one book of the Bible at a time. Here is what he recommends:
Read through the Old Testament at least once a year. As you read, note in the margins any truths you particularly want to remember, and write down separately anything you do not immediately understand. Often as you read you will find that many questions are answered by the text itself. The questions to which you cannot find answers become the starting points for more in-depth study using commentaries or other reference tools.
Follow a different plan for reading the New Testament. Read one book at a time repetitiously for a month or more. That will help you retain the New Testament so you will not always have to depend on a concordance to find things.
If you want to try that, begin with a short book, such as 1 John, and read it through in one sitting every day for thirty days. At the end of that time, you will know the book. Write on index cards the major theme of each chapter. By referring to the cards as you do your daily reading, you will begin to remember the content of each chapter. In fact, you will develop a perception of the book with your mind’s eye.
When you come to longer books, divide them into short sections and read each section daily for thirty days. For example, the gospel of John contains twenty-one chapters. Divide it into three sections of seven chapters. At the end of ninety days, you will finish John. For variety, alternate short and long books, and in less than three years you will have finished the entire New Testament–and you will really know it!….Continue HERE!
More Reading Plans:
How to Read the Whole Bible in 2014 — Justin Taylor
A plan to read through the Bible in 2014 — Denny Burk
Bible Reading Plans for 2014 — Nathan W. Bingham (Ligonier Ministries)
A Plan To Read the Greek New Testament in One Year — Denny Burk
The Bible: The Only Infallible Rule of Faith — J.C. Ryle
The Christian’s Only Offensive Weapon — Charles Hodge
How to Study the Bible (Parts 1 and 2) — John MacArthur
The Word of God and Sanctification — Charles Spurgeon
How to Study the Bible — J.C. Ryle
God’s Word and Spiritual Growth — A.W. Pink
Perspicuity of the Scriptures: The Right of Private Judgment — Charles Hodge
Follow God’s Word, Not Your Impressions and Intuitions — Charles Spurgeon
A Passion for the Truth of God’s Word — John MacArthur
The Importance of Doctrine for Christian Living — Sinclair Ferguson
Rules of Bible Interpretation — Charles Hodge
The Decline in Spiritual Maturity and How to Recover Discernment — John MacArthur
Profiting From The Word by A.W. Pink
Christian: Be Much Alone with God — Horatius Bonar
The Bible and Sanctification — Charles Spurgeon
The Relevance of Theology — John MacArthur
The Importance of Reading Commentaries — Charles Spurgeon
“Weak Doctrine Produces Weak Lives” — Iain Murray
The 10 Best Online Study Resources by Nathan Busenitz