A new flexible Bible reading plan designed with groups in mind

It’s the last day of the year, a time perhaps to review your daily Bible reading habits. Here’s a new Bible reading plan that I’ve compiled that has a number of differences from other plans.

The Edge Network Weekly Bible Reading Plan

1. Flexibility
The plan specifies a number of chapters for each week rather than for each day. This makes it more flexible. You can read a chapter or two each day or you can read it in two or three sittings. Or you can set out reading a chapter a day and then catch up at the weekend. It means it fits more readily around people’s lifestyle.

2. Communal
It is designed to be followed with a partner or among a group of people. There is only one section each week (occasionally two shorter books). So you don’t have to read a section from one book and then a section from another book each day. It means the sections are somewhat uneven, but it makes it easy to discuss what you have been reading when you meet up with other people.

We’ve been using it for a year now and it works very well in this way. I meet up with a friend each week for lunch. It’s easy for us to discuss what we’ve been reading because there is only one Bible book to focus on.

It also means I only need look at the Bible plan once a week – I don’t need to refer to it each day.

3. Realistic
Following this plan you read the OT in three years and the NT twice in three years. This works out at about nine chapters a week. It means you are not rushing through what you are reading to ‘get it done’. I’ve found with other plans I tend to read it with my mind disengaged. This plan gives time to meditate on the passage.

There is also a version in the document in which you cover the OT once and the NT twice in two years = about 16 chapters a week.

4. Balanced
The plan balances OT history, prophecy, wisdom, Gospel and Epistles throughout the year. You move between genres so you’re never faced with reading OT prophecy continuously for six months.

The Edge Network Weekly Bible Reading Plan


15 thoughts on “A new flexible Bible reading plan designed with groups in mind

  1. Bravo Tim. This touches on a key problem I have been struggling with for many years. I think that it is true that some people are better suited to the regular daily discipline of diced-up readings, whereas I have always slipped more naturally into more intense bursts of activity. This outline also provides a way in for husband/wife friend/friend interaction which could easily be excluded by the previous McCheyne model.

    Not that I would want to take on John Stott in a scrap about how it is best done.

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  5. Nice fresh approach, thanks very much Tim. I will try it. The only thing I would change is reading one psalm a day, twice through in the year, rather than read them in a batch.

    But thanks again–your work is much appreciated.

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  10. I LOVE this concept! I downloaded it and will send it out to my friends at church. My wife and I were talking about doing the two year plan between the two of us.

    Thank you!

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