2017 Bible Reading Plan
This year’s Bible reading plan will have the purpose of recounting the Bible’s story line. The goal is not to read through the entire Bible. Instead, we’ll focus on tracing the events of God’s eternal plan from Creation all the way through to Christ, the church, and the ultimate hope of heaven.
We’ll use the framework of the twelve calendar months and the four weeks in each of those months as the basis for our schedule. The “extra” days in each month (that is, those beyond 28–each month will have 2 or 3, except February) we’ll use for additional readings related to that month’s portion of the story line.
The Bible reading schedule will also contain some explanatory notes, tying the story line together and telling some about each of the books and their role in the account. Again, we will not be reading the entire Bible (though we will be reading the entire New Testament) but at least a sample reading from each book will be included in the reading schedule.
The reading schedule will be published daily and made available online. At the beginning of each month a month’s overview will be provided as well as weekly overviews at the beginning of each week.
Also, readings will be scheduled for 6 days of each week. The seventh day can be used to get caught up or do additional readings if you may have chosen to read through the entire Bible in the year.
Following is an overview of our schedule by month:
January Creation to the flood to Abraham, Genesis, Job, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, also Job
February Egyptian bondage, the Exodus, Mt. Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers Sinai, and wilderness wandering
March Preparation for and conquest of Deuteronomy, Joshua, Canaan. Dividing the land and the Judges, Ruth time of the Judges
April The monarchy begins: God’s people 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 Kings 1-11 ruled by kings Saul, David, & 1 Chron. 10-29; 2 Chron. 1-9 Solomon
May The wisdom of the kings: Psalms, Psalms, Proverbs, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes Ecclesiastes; Song of Solomon
June The kingdom divides into Israel & 1 Kings 11-2 Kings 17; Judah. God begins a more 2 Chron. 10-28; Hosea, Amos, extensive use of prophets. Jonah, Micah, Isaiah Israel falls to Assyria
July Judah alone remains. Jerusalem 2 Kings 18-25;2 Chron. 28-36; and Judah fall to Babylon. Zephaniah, Nahum, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Habakkuk, Obadiah August Babylonian captivity. The return Ezekiel, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and rebuilding of Jerusalem, Esther, Haggai, Zechariah, the close of Old Testament history Malachi
September Jesus: His life, ministry, and Matthew, Mark, Luke, John teaching
October Jesus: His ministry ends, the Matthew, Mark, Luke, John crucifixion, and resurrection
November The establishment and spread of Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians the church; Christian living Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, 1 & 2 Thessalonians
December The church, Christian living, and 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Hebrews, the hope of heaven James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, & 3 John, Jude, Revelation