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Bible Reading Plans
Overview Samplings

Based on reader suggestions, we’ve broken down a year’s reading into more manageable segments, making it easier to measure progress.  We’ve also used numbers instead of dates so the plan can be started anytime during the year.

Old Testament Sampling

The following chapters will introduce you to the Hebrew Scriptures, which we call the Old Testament.  We suggest one chapter per day.  You may read more, but don’t start the next chapter until you’ve taken a few moments to think about what the previous chapter is saying.  Don’t worry if you don’t understand everything.  The meaning will become much clearer as you proceed through additional readings.

Psalms 19 The Glory of God; the Perfection of Scripture
Genesis 1 The Creation
Genesis 3 The Origin of Sin; the Fall of Man
Genesis 22 Abraham and Isaac
Exodus 3 God appears to Moses - the Burning Bush
Exodus 20 The Ten Commandments (also Deuteronomy 5)
Deuteronomy 6 God’s Relationship with Israel
1 Samuel 17 David and Goliath
2 Samuel 11 David and Bathsheba
2 Samuel 12 Nathan and David
1 Kings 18 Elijah and the Prophets of Baal
Job 38 God speaks to Job
Psalm 23 The Lord is my Shepherd
Psalm 51 David’s Classic Confession
Daniel 6 Daniel and the Lions
Isaiah 55 Invitation to the Thirsty

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New Testament Sampling - Jesus

The following chapters will introduce you to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

Luke 1 Prepare the way of the Lord
Luke 2 The Birth of Jesus
Mark 1 Jesus Begins His Ministry, Calls His First Disciples
Mark 9 Transfiguration, Healings and Teaching
Matthew 5 Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 6 Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 7 Sermon on the Mount
Luke 15 Some Parables of Jesus
John 3 Ye Must be Born Again
John 14 Final Instructions to His Disciples
John 17 The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus
Matthew 26 Jesus’ Betrayal and Arrest
Matthew 27 Execution of Jesus
Luke 24 Jesus’ Resurrection, Appearances and Ascension

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New Testament Sampling - Christianity

The following chapters will introduce you to the birth and growth of the church, and the teaching of Paul and other Apostles. 

Acts 2 Birth of the Church and Peter’s Sermon
Acts 7 Stephen’s Speech, the First Christian Martyr
Acts 9 The Conversion of Saul (Paul)
Acts 16 Jailbreak
Acts 17 A Missionary Journey
Acts 26 Paul’s Life Story before a King
Acts 28 Paul Arrives at Rome
Romans 3 The Righteous Shall Live by Faith
Romans 7 Struggling with Sin
Romans 8 Life thru the Spirit, More than Conquerors
1 Corinthians 13 Paul’s Description of Love
1 Corinthians 15 the Resurrections
Galatians 5 Freedom in Christ
Ephesians 3 Paul’s Mission to the Gentiles
Philippians 2 Imitating Christ
Hebrews 1 Superiority of Christ
1 John 3 Children of God, Love One Another

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