Jesus-Centered Bible Reading Plans

These Christ-centered Bible Reading Plans are designed to bring the reader to a greater knowledge and awareness of the Lord Jesus, who is the main theme of the Bible.  The purpose of offering multiple plans is to allow for beginning readers as well as those who have developed a larger appetite for the word of God.  Further, these plans are integrated and progressive.  That is, when you move from A to B, you can continue with A as you take on B.  Likewise, when you move to C, you can continue with A and B.  And so on.  The times given for each plan are approximations for average readers.

If you want more explanation of these plans, here is a 30-minute video/audio devoted to them.

A. Verse for Life

This is the first step to take in your commitment to read the Bible daily.  This verse summarizes the message of the entire Bible.  If you don’t do anything else, remember this verse.  (takes seconds)

1 – 1 John 3:23
2 – 1 John 3:23
3 – 1 John 3:23
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(29) – 1 John 3:23
(30) – 1 John 3:23
(31) – 1 John 3:23

B. Verse a Day

This is the next step to take in your commitment to read the Bible regularly.  The verses for the first fifteen days of the month are sayings about Jesus Christ.  The last half of the month is spent reading verses which quote His sayings.  Most days have a single verse, but there are five days which have sayings that span two verses.  (still takes less than a minute a day)

1 – Matthew 1:21
2 – John 20:30, 31
3 – Acts 10:38
4 – Romans 6:23
5 – 1 Corinthians 1:9
6 – 2 Corinthians 5:14, 15
7 – Galatians 2:20
8 – Ephesians 5:1, 2
9 – Colossians 2:6
10 – 1 Timothy 1:15
11 – 1 Timothy 2:5
12 – 2 Timothy 3:12
13 – Hebrews 13:8
14 – 2 Peter 3:18
15 – 2 John 1:9
16 – Matthew 18:20
17 – Luke 6:31
18 – Luke 16:10
19 – Luke 16:15
20 – Luke 17:10
21 – Luke 18:27
22 – John 8:12
23 – John 8:29
24 – John 8:31, 32
25 – John 11:25, 26
26 – John 13:34
27 – John 13:35
28 – John 18:36
(29) – John 20:21
(30) – Acts 20:35
(31) – Revelation 3:19

C. Passage a Day

Your next step in regular Bible reading takes you to significant passages.  The first third of these ae words of Jesus, the second third are interactions He had with others, and the final third are passages about Jesus. (takes two minutes or less)

1 – Matthew 11:28-30
2 – Mark 11:22-26
3 – Luke 6:32-36
4 – Luke 6:46-49
5 – Luke 11:5-13
6 – Luke 11:27-28
7 – Luke 15:11-32
8 – Luke 21:33-36
9 – John 3:16-21
10 – John 12:44-50
11 – Matthew 3:16-4:11
12 – Matthew 9:11-13
13 – Matthew 16:13-28
14 – Matthew 17:1-8
15 – Matthew 18:21-35
16 – Matthew 21:28-31
17 – Matthew 22:34-46
18 – Mark 4:1-20
19 – Mark 7:1-23
20 – Mark 10:13-16
21 – Luke 10:25-37
22 – John 1:1-5
23 – Romans 5:6-11
24 – 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
25 – 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
26 – Philippians 2:1-11
27 – Philippians 3:7-16
28 – Hebrews 1:1-3
(29) – Hebrews 12:1-3
(30) – 2 Peter 1:16-21
(31) – Revelation 1:9-18

D. Chapter a Day

This next step in regular Bible reading has you reading a chapter at a time.  These are significant chapters and all deal explicitly with the Lord Jesus Christ (takes 3 minutes)

1 – Matthew 28
2 – John 21
3 – Luke 24
4 – Acts 1
5 – Matthew 5
6 – Matthew 6
7 – Matthew 7
8 – Matthew 10
9 – Matthew 23
10 – John 10
11 – John 14
12 – John 15
13 – John 16
14 – John 17
15 – 1 Corinthians 13
16 – Titus 1
17 – Titus 2
18 – Titus 3
19 – 1 Peter 1
20 – 1 Peter 2
21 – 1 Peter 3
22 – 1 Peter 4
23 – 1 Peter 5
24 – 1 John 1
25 – 1 John 2
26 – 1 John 3
27 – 1 John 4
28 – 1 John 5
(29) – Romans 12
(30) – Ephesians 4
(31) – Colossians 3

E. Life of Jesus

This plan causes you to read three chapters a day – all from the Gospels.  This will result in your reading all four Gospels in one month’s time.  (takes about 10 minutes)

1 – Matthew 1-3
2 – Matthew 4-6
3 – Matthew 7-9
4 – Matthew 10-12
5 – Matthew 13-15
6 – Matthew 16-18
7 – Matthew 19-21
8 – Matthew 22-24
9 – Matthew 25-27
10 – Matthew 28 – Mark 2
11 – Mark 3-5
12 – Mark 6-8
13 – Mark 9-11
14 – Mark 12-14
15 – Mark 15 – Luke 1
16 – Luke 2-4
17 – Luke 5-7
18 – Luke 8-10
19 – Luke 11-13
20 – Luke 14-16
21 – Luke 17-19
22 – Luke 20-22
23 – Luke 23 – John 1
24 – John 2-4
25 – John 5-7
26 – John 8-10
27 – John 11-13
28 – John 14-16
(29) – John 17-19
(30) – John 20-21
(31) –

F. The Rest of the Bible

This plan requires reading three chapters a day.  Since you are already reading the four Gospels, start this plan with Acts and read through to Revelation.  That will complete the New Testament.  Then go to Genesis and read through to Malachi, which will complete the Old Testament.  At this rate, you will finish Malachi one year after you start Acts.  Thus you will have completed the entire Bible in one year’s time.  Then you can start over.  (takes 15 minutes)

Plans A through E utilize New Testament passages that explicitly reference Jesus.  This plan will take you through parts of the Bible – especially in the Old Testament – which are not explicitly about Jesus and can, in fact, be difficult and tedious for modern minds to read.  During such times, remember that Jesus Christ is the main theme of the Bible.  If what you’re reading does not contribute to your understanding of Him and His lordship, do not worry about it.  Just keep believing in Him and serving Him, and day by day the Bible will make more and more sense to you.  And besides, who of us could ever say that we understand it all?