Deliberate People is the ministry of Phil Joel, the former bass player for the group the Newsboys. He's pursuing his own ministry based around encouraging people to deliberately seek God. You can check out his ministry and look at his Bible reading plans at deliberatepeople.com. He began the ministry in part because journaling with a Bible reading plan and a deliberate strategy radically impacted his relationship with Jesus.
- Twenty One: It takes 21 days to build or break a habit, this 21 day plan will get you started on reading, praying and journaling.
You can check out the full plan here.
- 6 Month Plan: Deliberate People also features a six month plan to take you through the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. You can download the PDF from them or purchase one of their Deliberate People Journals.
- Full Year Plan: A simple plan to read the whole Bible in one year.
All of these plans include guides for prayer, reading, journaling and simple devotions, and are an excellent resource for all ages. The reading plans are laid out simply in a calendar format and feature check boxes next to each day.
The Discipleship Journal
The Discipleship Journal also offers a dynamic one-year reading plan, which can be purchased in a number of formats or downloaded for free here. The plan features four readings per day: two in the New Testament, two in the Old Testament, and features only 25 readings per month, which will give you extra days (Sundays) to catch up if you get behind. The Discipleship Journal plan comes reccomended by John Piper and Desiring God.
It is also set up in a calendar format and features checklists for each day.
Robert Murray M'Cheyne Reading Plan
One of the plans that comes the most highly reccomended is Robert Murray M'Cheyne's Bible Reading Plan and Calendar. Bibleplan.org features a whole plethora of options adopted by this famous puritan preacher.
Whole Bible in a year
Old Testament in a year
New Testament in a year
Old Testament in two years
Words of Jesus 4 times in a year
Whole Bible chronologically in a year
Whole Bible chronologically in a year #2
New Testament Letters 3 times in a year
New Testament & Proverbs twice, Psalms once in a year
New Testament & Psalms twice, rest of Bible once in a year
Proverbs in a month
Gospels in a month
Psalms in a month
Online or by email.
Local Church Publishers
Local Church Publishers is a nonprofit Bible publishing ministry which features calfskin, handsewn bindings for remarkably low cost. They are a KJV only ministry, and the KJV is clearly a strict part of their theology, which I in no way condone or support, though I like the KJV. You can use the plans for whichever version you prefer. They have created a number of useful plans and a simple checklist for creating your own plan. You can find all their resources here.
- One Year
- 4 Month Plan: Read the Bible through three times per year.
- 60 Day Plan: Read the Bible in 2 Months.
- 30 Day Plan: Feeling Ambitious? Read through the whole Bible in a month.
SermonIndex 26 Day Plan
SermonIndex.net advocates an intense 26 day reading plan, which goes through the entire Bible. It's intended to take 1-2 hours each day: 30-50 Chapters. It seems like it should take much more than 1-2 hours, but if you read about one chapter every few minutes, it should average out. My guess is that for most people it will take more than 2 hours even if you are reading straight through without pausing for thought. I've actually tried this plan, though it was during school, and I only was able to keep up for 14 days. Still it feels great to be in the Word that much each day. You can get the plan here. Notice the convicting quote by R.C. Sproul.
Create Your Own Plan
Last but certainly not least, you can create your own plan. I admit that this is largely what I do, and works well as long as you can keep yourself accountable. Right now I'm reading through the New Testament according to author (I started out with John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Revelation and I'll end with the Pauline Epistles). Local Church Publishers has put out a simple checklist that can help you make your own plan.
I hope these resources are a blessing. Feel free to comment and let me know what plan you use. I'll keep posting plans as I find new or unique ones, and I've already got plans to post about more complex plans.