So…you’re new to the Bible and you don’t know where to start. Or…you’ve been around church for a long time, but you’ve never really read the Bible on your own much. Or…you’ve read parts of the Bible, but it all seems a little disconnected. Or…you’ve only recently come to know Jesus, you’re incredibly excited, and you want to make sure you start strong.
If any of these statements describe you, read on my friend! After 25 years of helping people read, study, and enjoy the Bible, I am convinced that what follows is the best Bible reading plan for beginners (and anyone who wants to lay a foundation for lifelong Bible reading)!
I call this plan the New Disciple Challenge. I call it that because it’s what I share whenever pastors or youth pastors ask me what I recommend for someone who is new to faith in Jesus. That said, it is also fantastic for anyone who wants to build a solid foundation for all of their Bible reading. I do it myself every 2-3 years.
Before diving into the New Disciple Challenge, it’s important to quickly share what MOST pastors will tell you…and why I think it’s a huge mistake! (I know that just sounded incredibly arrogant on my part, but I used to tell people the same thing, so please hear me out.)
The typical “beginner’s plan” (Don’t do this!)
- Grab one of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John)
- Read one chapter each day
- Think about what it means and how you want to apply it to your life
- Write down your thoughts
- Pray about it
- Read the next chapter tomorrow (You’ll finish in 3-4 weeks.)
Sound familiar? Now, here’s why I think it’s a terrible way to start… [Read more…] about The Best Bible Reading Plan for Beginners (Updated with Video!)