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Ways to Read the Bible

Maybe you've never picked up the Bible before. Or, you're finding it's been a while since you last read it. Or, maybe you just want a different way to continue reading Scripture.

If any of these apply to you, check out the following. There are lots of Bible reading plans out there, and included below are five that might suit your reading pace. And, if the Office of Spiritual Formation can provide other tools for you on how to read the Bible and find out what's actually in there, please call us at x8442 (330-471-8442) or stop by our offices in the Randall Campus Center (the Barn).


This site offers a free software program that helps you design a Bible reading plan. You tell it how much you want to read each day, what you want to read, and how long you want the plan to last. This can be a helpful way to begin or continue a habit of reading your Bible.


Church Calendar Plan for two years

The Daily Office Lectionary will take you through almost the entire Bible in accordance with the church calendar over the course of two years. Each day there are three readings: Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel or Acts. The Daily Office Lectionary is from the Book of Common Prayer and can be found at: http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/lectionary.pdf

Chronological reading in one year

Read the events of the Bible as they occurred chronologically in one year. For example, the Book of Job is integrated with Genesis because Job lived before Abraham. Go to http://www.ewordtoday.com/year/ and select a version of the Bible from which you'd like to read.

Bible Reading Plan for Shirkers and Slackers

Read through the Bible according to different genres. Sundays are Old Testament poetry and Mondays are the Pentateuch, etc. Check off readings as you do them. No dates are listed and there isn't pressure to get it done in a year. You can find this plan at http://www.ransomfellowship.org/publications/notes_biblereadingprogram.pdf. You can also read the hilarious reasoning for a “Shirkers and Slackers” plan at http://www.ransomfellowship.org/articledetail.asp?AID=378&B=Margie Haack&TID=7

Read Straight Through the Bible in one year

Read straight through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. You can find this plan at http://www.backtothebible.org/index.php/Bible-Reading-Guides.html

Reading With Accompanying Devotionals

Read Bible passages and accompanying short devotionals which will help you understand Scripture better. Go to http://www.backtothebible.org/index.php/Devotions.html for several options.


This is a fantastic website with dozens of Bible translations available for free. The search function is very helpful and does all the work of a concordance without the expense.


Understanding Scripture Correctly

Here are two articles that offer helpful ways to study and understand scripture.

Understanding Scripture Correctly I

Understanding Scripture Correctly II