The year that I turned 30, I read through the Bible for the first time. I began the year believing in my repeated sinner’s prayers to save me and I ended the year believing in Christ alone to save me. I was not attending any church and had very little interaction with any Christians before my conversion. All I did was read the Bible and was honest with God through my written responses to what I had read.

Fast forward a few years and I’d like to share a chronological plan that has me excited. I’ve read the Bible over the course of 365 days and it’s a long haul. I tried to do it over a homemade 3-year plan and it’s an even longer commitment. Swinging the pendulum in the opposite direction is this plan, intended to finish the Bible in 90 days, which is actually not the fastest reading plan I’ve seen.

Here are the guidelines:

  1. It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This. The advice given to Link in the Legend of Zelda still holds true.  Have someone who will ask you how you’re doing, even if they aren’t joining you in the project.
  2. It’s better to play the game with a lead. This is true in sports and it’s true in any reading project. My first time through I was writing a weekly newsletter so I was always at least a week in front of the posted schedule. Set your goal and then beat it. Like a drum.
  3. This is the real hard part. You will be making a time commitment that sounds larger than it truly is. In order to meet it, you need to identify the things in your life that waste the most time and resolve not to do them unless you are on schedule. Television and social media will likely be on your list. Family time is not time wasted, so that doesn’t count.
  4. Approach the project with grace. I have failed more reading projects than I have succeeded. You aren’t the worst person in the world if this doesn’t work out for you. This may not be the right plan for you in this current season of life. It’s hard to keep your enthusiasm for a long time. Which is why this is a 3-month plan. Here’s an idea. you could listen to the Bible rather than read it to yourself. And you can do that during your workday commute. Just an idea.
  5. Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. -Psalm 119:18 This is a spiritual event, not just a literary exercise. Pray before you begin each reading that God would show you something. Pray as you read. Thank God for His faithfulness as you finish.

Still have questions? Here’s a FAQ:

Q: How long does it take to read the entire Bible?
A: It takes about 70 hours to listen to the entire Bible, read by Max McLean at a performance pace, which is slower than the average personal reading pace.

Q: But that’s still a heavy workload!
A: Yes it is. This is a plan for a season, not for perpetuity. It’s also a plan that encourages you to press on, rather than stop and contemplate a section of the Bible for a few days or weeks.

Q: So… the plan doesn’t have gospel transformation as the goal?
A: Who told you that? This is a plan intended to give you the entire counsel of God in a short timespan. As someone who has read, and who has attempted to read, the entire Bible, I can attest that the longer you span out a reading plan the more daunting the task is. And the word of God does not return void. You will benefit from this interaction with the word, and also from a reduction of your idle time.

And here are the details. Download the plan, format it to your liking, print it and keep it in your Bible. Or bookmark this page and remember where you are. Ooh, you could use the ribbon bookmark in your Bible!

Word Doc: 90-day-chronological-bible

Credit to where I found itDISCIPLE OF THE WORD

90-Day Chronological Bible Reading Plan

  1. Gen 1-13

  2. Gen 14-22, Job 1-4

  3. Job 5-17

  4. Job 18-30

  5. Job 31-42, Gen 23

  6. Gen 24-36

  7. Gen 37-49

  8. Gen 50, Exodus 1-12

  9. Exodus 13-25

  10. Exodus 26-38

  11. Exodus 39,40,Psalm 91, Lev 1-10

  12. Lev 11-23

  13. Lev 24-27, Num 1-9

  14. Num 10-22

  15. Num 23-35

  16. Num 36,Deut 1-12

  17. Deut 13-25

  18. Deut 26-34, Psalm 91, Joshua 1-3

  19. Joshua 4-16

  20. Joshua 17-24, Judges 1-5

  21. Judges 6-18

  22. Judges 19-21, Ruth 1-4, 1Sam 1-6,

  23. 1Sam 7-16:13, Psalm 23, 1Sam 16:14-17

  24. 1Sam 17-19:11, Psalm 59, 1Sam 19:12-21, Psalm 34, 56, 1Sam 22:1-51, Psalm 57,142, 52

  25. 1Sam 23, Psalm 54, 63, 1Sam 24-31, Psalm 30, 2Sam 1-7 Psalm 60

  26. 2Sam 8-12:14, Psalm 51, 32, 2Sam 12:15-15:37, Psalm 3, 69, 2Sam 16,17

  27. 2Sam 18-22, Psalm 18, 2Sam 23, 24, Psalm 4-8,

  28. Psalm 9, 11-17, 19-22, 24

  29. Psalm 25-29, 31, 35-41,

  30. Psalm 53, 55, 58, 61, 62, 65, 68, 72, 86, 101, 103, 108-109

  31. Psalm 110, 138-141, 143-145, 1Kings 1-4, Proverbs 1

  32. Proverbs 2-14

  33. Proverbs 15-27

  34. Proverbs 28-31, Song of Solomon 1-8, 1Kings 5

  35. 1Kings 6-11, Ecclesiastes 1-7

  36. Ecclesiastes 8-12, 1Kings 12-19

  37. 1Kings 20-22, 2Kings 1-10

  38. 2Kings 11-14:25, Jonah 1-4, 2Kings 14:26-, Amos 1-5

  39. Amos 6-9, 2Kings 15-23

  40. 2Kings 24-25, Psalm 1,2,10,33,43,66,67,71,89, 92,93

  41. Psalm 94-100, 102, 104-106, 111, 112

  42. Psalm 112-124

  43. Psalm 125, 127-136, 146, 147

  44. Psalm 148-150, IChr 1-10

  45. 1Chr 11-16, Psalm 42, 44-49

  46. Psalm 50, 73-84

  47. Psalm 85, 87,88, 1Chr 17-26

  48. 1Chr 27-29, 2Chr 1-10

  49. 2Chr 11-21, Obadiah 1, 2Chr 22-23

  50. 2Chr 24-26:8, Isaiah 1-5, 2Chr 26:9-26:23, Isaiah 6, 2Chr 27-30

  51. 2Chr 30-32, Isaiah 7-16

  52. Isaiah 17-29

  53. Isaiah 30-42

  54. Isaiah 43-55

  55. Isaiah 56-66, Hosea 1-2

  56. Hosea 3-14, Micah 1

  57. Micah 2-7, Nahum 1-3, 2Chr 33,34, Zephaniah 1,2

  58. Zephaniah 3, 2Chr 35, Habakkuk 1-3, Jeremiah 1-6, 11-12

  59. Jeremiah 26, 7-10, 14-20, 35

  60. Jeremiah 36, 45, 25, 46-49, 13, 22-24,27,28

  61. Jeremiah 29, 50, 51, 30-33, 21, 34, 37-39, 52

  62. Jeremiah 40-44, Lamentations 1-5, 2Chr 36:1-8, Daniel 1-3

  63. Daniel 4-12, 2Chr 36:9-36:21, Psalm 137, Ezekiel 1,2

  64. Ezekiel 3-15

  65. Ezekiel 16-28

  66. Ezekiel 29-41

  67. Ezekiel 42-48, 2Chr 36:22,23, Ezra 1-6

  68. Haggai 1-2, Zechariah 1-11

  69. Zechariah 12-14, Psalm 107,126, Esther 1-8

  70. Esther 9,10, Ezra 7-10, Nehemiah 1-7

  71. Nehemiah 8-13, Malachi 1-4, Matt 1-3

  72. Matt 4-16

  73. Matt 17-28

  74. Mark 1-14

  75. Mark 15, 16, Luke 1-11

  76. Luke 12-24

  77. John 1-13

  78. John 14-21, Acts 1-5

  79. Acts 6-14, James 1-5

  80. Acts 15, Galatians 1-6, Acts 16, Philippians 1-4

  81. Acts 17-18:11. 1Cor 1-12

  82. 1Cor 13-16, 2Cor 1-9

  83. 2Cor 10-13, Acts 18:12-20:1, Ephesians 1-6, Romans 1

  84. Romans 1-13

  85. Romans 14-16, Acts 20:2-28:30, Colossians 1,2

  86. Colossians 3, 4, Hebrews 1-11

  87. Hebrews 12, 13, Titus 1-3, Philemon 1, 1Tim 1-6, 2Tim 1

  88. 2Tim 2-4, 1Pet 1-5, 2Pet 1-3, 1John 1,2

  89. 2John 1, 3John 1, Jude 1, Revelation 1-10

  90. Revelation 11-22