2016 Bible Reading Schedule {overview}


Drum roll, please.  It is time to unveil the 2016 Bible Reading Schedule {overview}.  It is not the same as the 2015 Bible Reading Schedule or the  2014 Bible Reading Schedule.  You will notice it is tweaked a bit from the original plan.  Such is the beauty of creating one’s own plan!

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Keeping Bible Reading Fresh is where this began over two years ago.  It took a bit to get the format  workable.  We will continue with last year’s system of posting the monthly schedule and checklist in pdf format during the last week of the month.

The simplest way to follow this plan is to get the RSS feed for the daily Vessels for the Master’s Use posts, which lists the Bible Reading Schedule for the day, including a photo and a daily hymn from Inspiring Hymns.

The simplest way  currently to access all the Bible Reading Schedules and related pdfs, is to go to the Welcome page at the top of the blog and look for the page which interests you.  If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to contact me by clicking on the Contact page and shooting me a comment.

The complete list of pdfs for the year is found under the Bible tab, under  2016 Bible Reading Schedule, just as the 2015 Bible Reading Schedule, which is also under the WORSHIP tab.  That page will have a link to the 2016 and 2015 Bible Reading Schedule Archive as well as links to each post.

The previously published posts can be found by clicking on the 2016 Bible Reading Schedule and 2015 Bible Reading Schedule in the tag cloud in the sidebar.

If you are new here, or this is your first year using this Bible Reading Schedule, please read {s}Print into 2014 {Bible Reading Schedule – Part 1} to get a general overview.

Now, what are the changes?  Good question.  Glad you asked.

Chronological Narrative Books

This section has a few changes from last year’s plan.  I was able to read the ChronNarr books scheduled in 2015, finding  the shorter portions manageable.  2016 follows the same five day Week Day schedule as 2015.  This is year two of a three year plan.  Ecclesiastes and Job have been removed.

Here’s a simple overview of the new schedule, updated from last year’s overview.  Apparently, surprise is on me, the plan went from a 4 year plan to a 3 year plan, which comes from not having all one’s information in one place.  Here’s the plan:

  • Year 1     232 chapters :  Genesis – Judges
  • Year 2     333 chapters :  Ruth – 2 Chronicles,  Isaiah – Jeremiah, Hosea, and Amos – Zephaniah
  • Year 3     260 chapters :  Lamentations, – Daniel, Joel, Ezra – Esther, Haggai – Malachi, Matthew – Acts and Revelation.

Whereas the reading was limited to one chapter last year, some days have more than one chapter.  We’ll see how it goes.

The books are in chronological order as to their happening, not their writing.

  • Year 1    The Wanderings
  • Year 2    The Kings to Exile
  • Year 3    Israel’s Exile to John’s Exile

Letters  same as 2014 and 2015.     Repetition is good for learning 🙂

Psalms   same as 2014 and 2015.  One Psalm every two days, six days a week, with some exceptions.

Proverbs   This is Year 3 of the Proverbs schedule, which continues as one verse a day through chapter 24, where the verses cease to stand alone.  The daily Proverb is posted on the six day a week post titled Vessels for the Master’s Use.

I suggest copying the verse for the day and sticking it somewhere visible, or putting it on your phone or computer screen, for meditating on during the day.

What does this Bible Reading Schedule look like?  Another good question.  Let’s take a look.

January, Week One

  • Week Days    –   Ruth and 1 Samuel 1-3
  • Week Days    –    Letters  –  James   (part or all every day)
  • Six Days        –    Psalms 1-3    (two days per Psalm)
  • Six Days        –    Proverbs 20:1-6   (a verse a day through chapter 24)

January, Week Two

  • Week Days    –   1 Samuel 4-8
  • Week Days    –   Letters  –  James   (part or all every day)
  • Six Days        –    Psalms 7-9    (two days per Psalm)
  • Six Days        –    Proverbs 20:7-12  (one verse per day)

There are four weeks until the 2016 Bible Reading Schedule begins.  I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to implement this until the Christmas break is completely over.  I plan to begin the first full week of January.  You can begin on any day of the week you choose.  I start my week on Monday.  Whatever works for you.

I am so excited about continuing with this system of reading the Bible.  It proved to be just the variety needed to make my Bible reading fresh again.  I read the Psalms and Proverb in the morning before I go out the door and the Letter at night.  Sometimes I read the ChronNarr in the mornings, sometimes on the weekends, sometimes a chapter at a time, sometimes in chunks.

Whatever you do, spend some time in the Word.  The more we read it and let it soak into us, the better we will know God our Father and His Son Jesus Christ, and the more the Holy Spirit can teach us.  No better way to spend our time.

2016 Bible Reading Schedule {overview}

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