Here are some pointers and some great resources to help you begin your Bible reading.
1. Read it with Grace! It is great to read the Bible through – it is also great to read one of the Gospels as many times as you can during one year. Scripture intake is more important than rushing through a reading plan. Let God guide you and don’t make it so difficult on yourself that it becomes a burden and not a joy.
2. Read deliberately. Spend time with focused concentration on Scripture – get rid of the distractions when you are reading.
3. Read it prayerfully. Ask God to help you understand what you are reading and what He needs you to know from His Word.
4. Read it systematically. You would never read a novel by just starting in the middle. Each book of the Bible is it’s own book. Read one book at a time from start to finish. It will help you get the meaning of that individual book.
You can download the app on your phone/tablet or use it on your computer. They will email you a link or you can access the info online. They have numerous plans available that include devotional, verse of the day, read the New Testament Through, and reading the Bible through.
Bible Gateway has numerous plans available. For the best experience, create an account or log in and subscribe to the reading plan of your choice. Then you can track your progress, receive daily reading reminder emails, and print monthly lists of readings for offline use. You can start, pause, or end a reading plan at any time – at your own pace.
Crossway has 12 different ESV Bible Reading plans to meet your interests and lifestyles. They even have a chronological reading plan so you can read the Bible in the order in which the events happened. The Bible is not in chronological order, but this will help you make sense of the timeline.
4. Printable Bible Reading Plans
There are some wonderful printable Bible reading plans that you can put inside your Bible and check it off as you read it. Each of these are printable PDF files.