2021 Bible Reading Plan

We are less than two weeks away from the beginning of a brand new year, and many of us have new hopes and new habits that we are ready to set in motion. Whatever your goals, we all know that there are things in our lives that we need to alter or do better, and the New Year often gives us the spark of motivation that we need to actually implement these things.

With that in mind, I would like to invite you to join me in reading through the Bible together this year, and I have put together a custom reading plan that I'm excited to get started.

This plan takes you through the entire Bible in one year. We will read two chapters from the Old Testament and one chapter from the New Testament on each weekday and then read from the Old Testament and Psalms on the weekends.

Daily reading time? 10-15 minutes.

You can view this reading plan in PDF format here or follow along on the UPI App. There is a Bible tab at the bottom of the App that provides each day's reading with an audio option if you'd prefer to listen to the reading instead. The PDF has also been formatted in a way that allows you to print out the plan on a single sheet of paper (front and back) that you can then fold in half and simply place right inside your Bible.

Here is some further information on how the plan is organized...  

Old Testament Readings

We have reorganized all of the readings from the Old Testament (OT) in the original three-fold order found in the Hebrew Bible — the Law, the Prophets and the Writings (aka. TaNaK).  Jesus actually references this three-fold order when he tells his disciples that, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law, the Prophets and the Writings must be fulfilled" (Luke 24:44).

We often forget that the Hebrew Bible (our OT) was the Bible of Jesus and his first followers so we hope that this plan gives you a fresh perspective and a new hunger to read and love the OT.

New Testament Readings

We have reorganized all the readings of the New Testament (NT) in a way that takes continuity and chronology into consideration. The plan starts in the Gospels and keeps us in the Gospels up until Easter. Then it moves straight into the Book of Acts followed by Paul’s letters, John’s Gospel, the other NT letters and then finally Revelation.

We have rearranged Paul’s letters to better fit the order in which they were actually written, and John’s Gospel has been placed towards the end since it was one of the last NT books written.

Psalms, Poetry & Wisdom

We have included all of the readings from the Book of Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs in a way that spreads them out over the entire year. Each weekend, you will read from one of these four books in addition to an Old Testament reading. There will be no New Testament reading on the weekends.

How to Join Us

We have created a Bible Reading Plan Messaging Channel on the UPI App. I will use that channel to post extra resources and personal reflections throughout the year. This is also a good place for you to post questions, comments and insights that come to mind as you are reading through the Bible as well. Nothing would make me happier than to receive messages and to have regular conversations about what we are reading in Scripture!

You can join that Messaging Channel in 4 quick steps...

1. Download / Open the UPI App
2. Click on the Messaging Icon in the top right corner
3. Click on 'Discover'
4. Join the 'Bible Reading Plan' channel

Hope you have a great Christmas and entry into the New Year, and I'm looking forward to reading the Bible with some of you in 2021. More updates will be posted to the channel soon!