Chronological Reading Guide

April 6, 2008

Britt posted the other day about reading through the Bible. I’ve been thinking for awhile about reading through the entire Bible. I’ve attempted this in the past, always to get bogged down in some of the tougher Old Testament parts. I’ve read nearly all of the Bible at one time or another (taking Old Testament and New Testament classes in college certainly helped me complete that back then), but I haven’t made it a part of my discipline to read through the entire thing regularly. Heck, I don’t even read it regular enough as it is. So now I’m going to try to accomplish both.

One of the things that I’ve been encouraged with lately is to try to do it in a chronological order. This comes from discussions with people in our expanded house church community as well as comments Frank Viola has made in his books about it.

So I went looking on the web trying to find a simple downloadable PDF. At first I couldn’t find any – everyone wants you to visit their site regularly to figure out what to read next. But what I really wanted was something I could print out all on one sheet.

At first I couldn’t find anything, but I did find a place online that had everything listed out on one page. So I made my own PDF, which I’m now sharing with you:


I make no claim on this, I didn’t come up with the plan, I just formatted the Word file and saved it as a PDF. Print out page 1, turn the page over and reinsert it into your printer, then print out page 2. Now you have a nice one page chronological reading plan you can keep with your Bible.

For what it’s worth, I’m not going to try to do this in a year, much less two or three times in a year. Maybe I’ll get it done this year, maybe not. I’m encouraged by those who have those kinds of goals, but like many spiritual disciplines, it’s best to start out simple and figure out what kind of pace you can manage. Especially with three small kids in the house.

One response to Chronological Reading Guide

  1. great post derek. i was going to mention, the ESV site also has a chronological bible rss feed. i don’t personally think i could handle integrating this type of reading with xkcd and lifehacker, but thought i’d throw it out there if it helps.