90 Day Chronological Bible Reading Plan
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90 Day Chronological Bible Reading Plan

90 Day Chronological Bible Reading PlanToday is New Years Eve. 2017 is upon us. The idea of resolutions is to review your year before the new year and make goals and plans for the next year, before January 1st. However, I usually don’t even think about the new year until a few days before the new year. Typically the first week or so of January is when I really consider what I want to work on during the next twelve months.

One of my goals for this year is to read the Bible chronologically in the first ninety days of 2017.

I have read the Bible canonically (from Genesis to Revelation) and chronologically in the past. The Bible is not organized chronologically. Reading it canonically can get confusing at times when you are reading about kings or other occurrences that you feel like you’ve read before. Chronologically really illuminates the history of the Bible and helps you connect each book with the others. You read about David and what was going on in Israel and his life and then read some of the Psalms he wrote while those things were happening. It really gives you a well-rounded understanding of who these people were and what all was going on.

I do want to mention that we don’t know with 100% assurance the exact chronological order in which the Bible was written but we do have a fairly good idea. Some scholars have a few things in slightly different order but for the most part, all chronological reading plans are very similar.

I am a slow reader and every time I have read through the Bible, it has taken me several years to make it through. I have always been very daunted with the idea of trying to tackle the whole thing in ninety days. However, I have several friends who also admit to being slow readers who have completed it and have testified to it making a real difference in their understanding of the Bible. They say that seeing the whole Bible at once really opens your eyes to the connectivity and whole book that is the Bible.

I typically do not recommend limiting your Bible reading time to a time table. Like I said, I am a slow reader and when I am put on a time table, I do not feel like I can really absorb what I am reading, I get stressed out, and typically give up after getting behind. The Bible is a book we as believers should crave to read every day. There is no reason to put a limit on what you need to read each day. We are not reading to tick off some task on our sanctification checklist.

90 Day Chronological Bible Reading PlanSo, why am I attempting this challenge? Why would I invite you to join me?

Well, one reason is because my friend Debi, from Solid Food Ministries, shared on Facebook that Knowable Word is hosting a ninety day Bible reading challenge. If you complete the ninety days of reading and email them, they will enter your name into a drawing to be held on April 1st for a beautifully bound ESV Readers Bible six volume set.

Another reason I have decided to try to read the Bible in ninety days is because of the testimonies of my friends who have said it was such a benefit in their walk with the Lord to get a quick, bird’s eye view of the entire Bible. While I still feel the way I do about putting time-tables on Bible reading, I also see great benefit in getting the whole view in a short period of time before diving in deeper. By getting that whole view, when you do start digging in deeper you will be able to recognize how the smaller events and details fit into the whole story.

“We should study asking not just what a particular portion of Scripture wants to tell us, but how that portion of Scripture is telling us the Big Story of the Bible as a whole…When we are fuzzy about the Big Story, we may have difficulty finding continuity between the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament. We may have trouble relating to the Old Testament at all. We may misinterpret the purpose or emphasis of a smaller story because we have considered it apart from its relationship to the Big Story.” ~ Jen Wilkin (“Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds“)

I am very apprehensive about sharing with the world that I am making this attempt. However, even if I do not make it all the way through in ninety days, I will complete it in a shorter time than I have in the past and still gain the benefit of getting the Big Story perspective.

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90 Day Chronological Bible Reading PlanSo, if you would like to join me, I have created a reading plan you can print off for yourself. I have created a US letter size and an A5 size. I organize my life in a bullet journal method so I printed off the A5 size and taped it in my journal. I may hang up another copy in our kitchen or bathroom for extra reminding and encouragement, as well.

If you would like to join me, I have created a Facebook accountability group you are welcome to join. It is a closed group so an administrator will need to approve your request.

Have a happy new year and I pray that 2017 will be a year we grow in our love of the Scripture and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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  • This: “However, even if I do not make it all the way through in ninety days, I will complete it in a shorter time than I have in the past and still gain the benefit of getting the Big Story perspective.”
    That’s the point – and what to remember when behind – it isn’t about finishing in a certain amount of time – it’s about reading the large chunks and getting the big picture.

  • I like this idea. I will pray about it and see where God leads me.
    Please link to Word of God Speak if you haven’t all ready. http://www.janiscox.com
    Blessings
    Janis

  • Wow, 90 days! I can see that this would be a great way to see the full scope of the biblical narrative all at once.

  • This is an amazing resource! I always struggle to figure out the chronological order, especially of the Old Testament, so I’m excited to print this out and dig into it! 🙂

  • I’ve read through the Bible before, but never in 90 days. This looks like a great challenge. Pinned, tweeted, and posted on Facebook. Thanks!
    Blessings, Leigh

  • Sherry Thecharmofhome

    Great idea to read it in this order. I thank you for posting this!

  • i am Zoe Watson

    I just wrote about how this is not one of my goals for 2017. I’ve tried it before and failed so I’m going to not try this year but wait for the right moment so that I can really do it for the right reason and. It just because I felt like I needed to. Your program looks like I great one though. If I ever change my mind I’m sure I’ll come back and look at it.

  • LuAnn Braley

    Found and following through Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner.

    I downloaded the plan and sent a request to the FB group. I think I could probably still swing it in 85 days (I’m a pretty fast reader). I’ve never read through the entire Bible before.

  • Good for you, Kristy and I will print and tweet (and maybe be as apprehensive as you are and begin to read!)

  • Brandi Raae

    I’ve done that once before with my chronological Bible, but I definitely didn’t do it in 90 days! Hope you meet your goal. 🙂 Thanks for linking up at #LMMLinkup.

  • Wonderful! I’m adding this to my complication for Bible Studies women can do this January.
    Hugs

  • I admire you for doing this! I’m not sure if I would make it in 90 days or not. It usually takes me a couple of years to get through the Bible. But I see your point that this is a great way to get that bird’s eye view. Blessings to you on this adventure!

    • It normally takes me a couple of years as well. I think the fastest I’ve ever made it though was in 3 yrs. I like to go slow and really let it sink in. I’m planning on after this, picking one book and spending a couple of months in it to really dig into it. Our pastor has been going though Mark over the past year and we are still several months from finishing. I love that to really get to know a book so very well.

      I’m very daunted by this but so far it is working out for me. I’ve been reading while I have my coffee in the morning. I let the app read it to me while I follow along. I speed him up to about 1.5 speed so he keeps me flowing than letting my ADD mind wander off into what else might be happening in the passage. Today, I got out of my routine and realized later in the day I hadn’t read yet. Thankfully, I was able listen while prepping dinner.

  • Do you have to have a special chronological Bible? I ‘ve never read it that way.
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    • Not at all. I’ve created a printable that goes through what chapters to read in one of the believed chronological orders. There are longer chronological plans out there if you would prefer to take it a bit slower. My husband and I did one that was in the YouVersion Bible app. I believe many of the other Bible apps and sites like Bible Gateway also include a chronological plans.

  • Jann Olson

    I can read fast, but then I stop and say, “what did I just read?” The bible definitely needs to be pondered! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  • building our hive Sisters

    Always great to have a scritpure reading goal for the new year. Thanks for sharing your plan and linking up at Funtastic Friday!

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    I downloaded your pdf and am excited to dig in, I would like to make the Word part of my day in 2017 and would love to follow along. I doubt that I can do this in 90 days but as you said, it will be quicker than I have ever read the entire Bible! Thanks for doing this and for sharing! Hoping that you have a great 2017!

  • Awesome Goal to read the Bible in 90 days. No matter what the power and the blessing of putting yourself right in the place where His Word meets your heart is going to bring exponential blessing and abundance into your life. I enjoy your posts and am thankful you share them at the #GraceMoments link up.
    Blessings!
    Dawn

  • I love the idea of reading the Bible in chronological order! Thanks for the printable, too. Great idea. Thanks for sharing on Grace and Truth.

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