"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

If you take one chapter a day for five days of the week, you can read through the entire New Testament in a year at a pace that helps with mental “digestion.” The four gospels are spread out through the year to keep us coming back to the life and death and resurrection of Jesus. Use the two extra days each week to catch up, or to go back and dig deeper on something you read during the week, or to sprinkle in a Psalm or two, or maybe even to work on memorizing a passage you come across and want to store in your heart. Let’s “take [up]… the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God!”

Six great questions to consider as you read the Bible:

Crux

What is the crux (main point) of the passage? Can you sum it up in a word, phrase or verse from the text in front of you? How would you express it in a single sentence?

Context

How is your understanding of this passage shaped by what comes before and after it? In what way(s) does this text support the theme of the book? How is the passage informed by the Old Testament or fulfilled in the New Testament (check the cross-references)?

Characters

Identify the characters in this text. How do they act and react to each other? How do these interactions affect the dynamics of the passage?

Christ

How does this passage directly or indirectly point to Christ (promise, analogy or type)? In what way(s) does the text highlight the gospel and/or kingdom of God?

Curiosities

What is curious (surprising) about this passage? What would you not have known unless God had revealed it here?

Conclusion

What is the conclusion (application) of this text? Express it in terms drawn from or shaped by the passage. Remember, whatever this passage meant to the original audience, it means to us.

Reading Plan

Helpful Tips

  • Remind yourself weekly (even daily!) that the end goal is not to check off boxes or successfully execute a reading plan, but to hear God’s voice and know Him more.
  • Keep a pen and paper at hand to write down questions, observations, thoughts for further meditation and prayer, etc.
  • Do this in community. Invite your spouse, your kids, a friend, or a younger believer to commit to reading at the same time. Make plans to talk and pray together with some regularity about what you are reading.
  • Bookend your reading time with prayer. Begin by asking God to give you “ears to hear” and a heart to trust and obey. Finish by turning some of what you have read into prayer.

JAN 1-7

  • Matthew 1
  • Matthew 2
  • Matthew 3
  • Matthew 4
  • Matthew 5

JAN 8-14

  • Matthew 6
  • Matthew 7
  • Matthew 8
  • Matthew 9
  • Matthew 10

JAN 15-21

  • Matthew 11
  • Matthew 12
  • Matthew 13
  • Matthew 14
  • Matthew 15

JAN 22-28

  • Matthew 16
  • Matthew 17
  • Matthew 18
  • Matthew 19
  • Matthew 20

JAN 29-FEB 4

  • Matthew 21
  • Matthew 22
  • Matthew 23
  • Matthew 24
  • Matthew 25

FEB 5-11

  • Matthew 26
  • Matthew 27
  • Matthew 28
  • Hebrews 1
  • Hebrews 2

FEB 12-18

  • Hebrews 3
  • Hebrews 4
  • Hebrews 5
  • Hebrews 6
  • Hebrews 7

FEB 19-25

  • Hebrews 8
  • Hebrews 9
  • Hebrews10
  • Hebrews 11
  • Hebrews 12

FEB 26-MAR 4

  • Hebrews 13
  • Galatians 1
  • Galatians 2
  • Galatians 3
  • Galatians 4

MAR 5-11

  • Galatians 5
  • Galatians 6
  • 1 Thessalonians 1
  • 1 Thessalonians 2
  • 1 Thessalonians 3

MAR 12-18

  • 1 Thessalonians 4
  • 1 Thessalonians 5
  • 2 Thessalonians 1
  • 2 Thessalonians 2
  • 2 Thessalonians 3

MAR 19-25

  • James 1
  • James 2
  • James 3
  • James 4
  • James 5

MAR 26-APR 1

  • Mark 1
  • Mark 2
  • Mark 3
  • Mark 4
  • Mark 5

APR 2-8

  • Mark 6
  • Mark 7
  • Mark 8
  • Mark 9
  • Mark 10

APR 9-15

  • Mark 11
  • Mark 12
  • Mark 13
  • Mark 14
  • Mark 15

APR 16-22

  • Mark 16
  • 1 Cor. 1
  • 1 Cor. 2
  • 1 Cor. 3
  • 1 Cor. 4

APR 23-29

  • 1 Cor. 5
  • 1 Cor. 6
  • 1 Cor. 7
  • 1 Cor. 8
  • 1 Cor. 9

APR 30-MAY 6

  • 1 Cor. 10
  • 1 Cor. 11
  • 1 Cor. 12
  • 1 Cor. 13
  • 1 Cor. 14

MAY 7-13

  • 1 Cor. 15
  • 1 Cor. 16
  • 2 Cor. 1
  • 2 Cor. 2
  • 2 Cor. 3

MAY 14-20

  • 2 Cor. 4
  • 2 Cor. 5
  • 2 Cor. 6
  • 2 Cor. 7
  • 2 Cor. 8

MAY 21-27

  • 2 Cor. 9
  • 2 Cor. 10
  • 2 Cor. 11
  • 2 Cor. 12
  • 2 Cor. 13

MAY 28-JUN 3

  • 1 Peter 1
  • 1 Peter 2
  • 1 Peter 3
  • 1 Peter 4
  • 1 Peter 5

JUN 4-10

  • 2 Peter 1
  • 2 Peter 2
  • 2 Peter 3
  • Luke 1
  • Luke 2

JUN 11-17

  • Luke 3
  • Luke 4
  • Luke 5
  • Luke 6
  • Luke 7

JUN 18-24

  • Luke 8
  • Luke 9
  • Luke 10
  • Luke 11
  • Luke 12

JUN 25-JUL 1

  • Luke 13
  • Luke 14
  • Luke 15
  • Luke 16
  • Luke 17

JUL 2-8

  • Luke 18
  • Luke 19
  • Luke 20
  • Luke 21
  • Luke 22

JUL 9-15

  • Luke 23
  • Luke 24
  • Acts 1
  • Acts 2
  • Acts 3

JUL 16-22

  • Acts 4
  • Acts 5
  • Acts 6
  • Acts 7
  • Acts 8

JUL 23-29

  • Acts 9
  • Acts 10
  • Acts 11
  • Acts 12
  • Acts 13

JUL 30-AUG 5

  • Acts 14
  • Acts 15
  • Acts 16
  • Acts 17
  • Acts 18

AUG 6-12

  • Acts 19
  • Acts 20
  • Acts 21
  • Acts 22
  • Acts 23

AUG 13-19

  • Acts 24
  • Acts 25
  • Acts 26
  • Acts 27
  • Acts 28

AUG 20-26

  • Romans 1
  • Romans 2
  • Romans 3
  • Romans 4
  • Romans 5

AUG 27-SEP 2

  • Romans 6
  • Romans 7
  • Romans 8
  • Romans 9
  • Romans 10

SEP 3-9

  • Romans 11
  • Romans 12
  • Romans 13
  • Romans 14
  • Romans 15

SEP 10-16

  • Romans 16
  • Ephesians 1
  • Ephesians 2
  • Ephesians 3
  • Ephesians 4

SEP 17-23

  • Ephesians 5
  • Ephesians 6
  • Philippians 1
  • Philippians 2
  • Philippians 3

SEP 24-30

  • Philippians 4
  • Colossians 1
  • Colossians 2
  • Colossians 3
  • Colossians 4

OCT 1-7

  • Philemon 1
  • John 1
  • John 2
  • John 3
  • John 4

OCT 8-14

  • John 5
  • John 6
  • John 7
  • John 8
  • John 9

OCT 15-21

  • John 10
  • John 11
  • John 12
  • John 13
  • John 14

OCT 22-28

  • John 15
  • John 16
  • John 17
  • John 18
  • John 19

OCT 29-NOV 4

  • John 20
  • John 21
  • 1 Timothy 1
  • 1 Timothy 2
  • 1 Timothy 3

NOV 5-11

  • 1 Timothy 4
  • 1 Timothy 5
  • 1 Timothy 6
  • 2 Timothy 1
  • 2 Timothy 2

NOV 12-18

  • 2 Timothy 3
  • 2 Timothy 4
  • Titus 1
  • Titus 2
  • Titus 3

NOV 19-25

  • 1 John 1
  • 1 John 2
  • 1 John 3
  • 1 John 4
  • 1 John 5

NOV 26-DEC 2

  • 2 John 1
  • 3 John 1
  • Jude 1
  • Revelation 1
  • Revelation 2

DEC 3-9

  • Revelation 3
  • Revelation 4
  • Revelation 5
  • Revelation 6
  • Revelation 7

DEC 10-16

  • Revelation 8
  • Revelation 9
  • Revelation 10
  • Revelation 11
  • Revelation 12

DEC 17-23

  • Revelation 13
  • Revelation 14
  • Revelation 15
  • Revelation 16
  • Revelation 17

DEC 24-29

  • Revelation 18
  • Revelation 19
  • Revelation 20
  • Revelation 21
  • Revelation 22

*This plan is adapted from the 5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan developed by Discipleship Journal.