I pray you had a wonderful and blessed celebration of Jesus’ birthday. Many of us are looking forward to putting 2020 behind and turning the page to 2021.
As we prepare to enter the new year, I wanted to share my 2021 Bible Reading Plan with you. I set a goal to read through the Bible every year. Every year I use a different translation. This year I will be using the ESV version of the Bible.
I invite you to join me on this journey. It is shown that there is nothing you can do to enhance your spiritual growth than to read the Bible for yourself. Not church attendance. Not group Bible study. Not volunteering. It is personally reading, studying, and mediating on God’s Word.
Ultimately, it is not about the goal of reading the Bible. It is not about creating a new habit. This pursuit is about meeting with God and listening to him on a daily basis. When you meet with God you will be changed. You will walk with new confidence and assurance because he will give you a new mind and heart. And if 2021 is anything like 2020, then you will need that!
It is said if you want a word from God you got to be in the Word of God. It is through the Word that God speaks to us. It is through the Word that we hear from him. Receive the gift of God’s Word in 2021.
To share a few quick thoughts on this Bible reading plan.
- There are three readings each day. There are two readings from the Old Testament and one reading from the New Testament. If you have never read the Bible before, you might start with reading just the New Testament readings.
- There are no readings assigned on the weekends. This assumes you participate in Sunday worship and hear God’s Word publicly read on that day. Saturday is also unassigned to allow you to catch up if you missed a reading. If you are caught up you can use the extra day to review the readings from the previous week.
- Each page has three columns of readings. You can cut out each column and use it as a bookmark in your Bible.
It is a great encouragement to hear how many people have been using this Bible reading plan. If you have been blessed through spending time in God’s Word, please share in the comments.
Karen Herman says
Being in God’s Word every day is a lifeline for me! I recently retired, sold my home and moved to a new state. The only thing that was constant was my Binke reading!
Richard T Jackson says
I read the Bible every day with the Upper room. But I have never read it from cover to cover. I need to start the New Year of right.
Looks like a good plan. Will join you. Especially like the Journaling recommendation and the SOAP format.
Lois Mondt says
I have read through the Bible 3 times now from 2017 and was looking for a bible study or a reading plan that “connected” the stories of the Old and New Testament…and viola! I should’ve realized that God would provide and wow! Today He did! Your email appeared and I should not have been surprised because God always delivers if you just have faith. I look forward to a new way to read my Bible this year and new ways to connect the Old to the New. Thank you.
Janet Luken says
I started your 2020 plan. After a bit with the Old Testament, decided I probably need help with that so proceeded to read through the New Testament. Did well until Revelations. My pastor is planning on a Bible study early this coming year and will focus on Revelation. Hopefully that will clear some issues. Will try the Old Testament this year. Thank you for your continued presence in our Christian lives. Jan Luken
I enjoyed reading through the Bible plan of 2020. Even though I read the Bible in 2019, I learned and understood the Bible more this last time. Thank you for sharing the plans. Thank you for your time. You are very appreciated.
Hi Phil! This is the second time that I’m printing out your “Bible in a Year Plan” and will be following and reading along with you. Just wanted to remind you that your reach is further than your immediate congregation! I know that you will be a blessing to many in this coming new year!
I am using your 2021 Bible reading plan and am so happy it popped up in my email a few weeks back. This is the first time I am reading through the Bible though I have studied quite a bit of it through my church and group Bible studies over the years. I especially like that this study includes both the OT and NT and Psalms. Thanks so much, Phil.
C. L. Burmeister says
Thank you for sending out your bible reading plan. I’ve been following along with your New Testament plan the last two years using my Lutheran Study Bible. They say it take three times doing things to learn them so here goes. Hopefully, year three will give me deeper understanding. For me it may take a few more times. Having a plan to follow gives me the motivation I need to stick with daily readings. Thank you.