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Make a Plan to Read the Bible in 2016

We believe that the words in the Bible are God’s very words, breathed out by him (2 Tim 3:16), as carried along writers across the centuries (2 Peter 1) to tell one great story. Now is the perfect time to plan what you’ll read in 2016.


What does it say?

  • Underline or highlight key words or phrases
  • Ask and answer questions. Ask questions using these words: who, what, why, when, where, or how

What does it mean?

  • Capture the big idea. What’s the big idea in this sentence, paragraph, chapter?

How do I respond?

  • Personalize through application. How could your life be different today as you respond to what you’ve read?

Use the passage you read as a launching point for prayer. Try "A.C.T.S" as a simple way to pray.

  • Adoration—What about God is worthy of worship in this passage?
  • Confession—Where should we confess sin to God in light of this passage?
  • Thanksgiving—How do we see God’s character in this passage in our lives today?
  • Supplication—Based on who God is, what requests do we bring God today?


Rather than setting out a daily reading, these tracks walk through a progression of books you can take at your own pace. Try one chapter per day to start and aim for consistency 5 days per week, taking the weekends to catch up or revisit readings. Mix in a Psalm each day alongside your reading, or for a challenge work through all the wisdom literature alongside these readings (Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Job).

Levels of Reading
Bible Basics—Not very familiar with the Bible? Start here.
Track: Luke—the story of Jesus, Ephesians—our identity in Jesus, Acts—story of Jesus' work in the church, 1 John—life as a disciple of Jesus, Genesis—where it all began

Dig Deeper—Looking to grow? Continue here
Track: The Gospel of John, Exodus, 1 & 2 Corinthians, 1 & 2 Samuel, Colossians, Proverbs, Romans, Nehemiah, James

Challenge Yourself—Familiar with the Bible? Try this.
Track: Hebrews, Numbers, 2 Corinthians, Judges, 2&3 John, Esther, Philemon, Ecclesiastes, Jude, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Revelation,

Radical Grace—Trace God’s radical grace to sinners through the Bible
Track: Galatians, Jonah, Romans, Hosea

Sustaining Grace in Suffering
Track: 1 & 2 Peter, Ruth, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Psalms, Job, Habbakuk

Biblical Leadership
Track: 1 & 2 Timothy, Ezra, Nehemiah, Titus, 1 & 2 Kings

Family Reading Together
Track: Try cycling between a gospel (like Mark), a letter (like Ephesians), and an Old Testament book that seems accessible and age-appropriate (like Ruth)

Story of Israel
Track: Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Joshua, Judges, 1&2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah
Note: Consider reading the book of Hebrews alongside the history for insights on how the story points to Jesus