Focus on the “Big Picture” With A Chronological Bible Reading Plan
Isn’t this how everyone reads the Bible? Nope! Oddly enough, this isn’t the case with the Bible. If you’ve read the whole thing through before you’ve witnessed this. It starts at the beginning, and it ends at the end, but the in between is a whole lot of all over the place.
Actually there is a sort of order to the Bible. Instead of being organized by sequence of event (chronologically), the books of the Bible are organized by literature.
You’ve got law, poetry, history (Old Testament), minor prophets, major prophets, the gospels (life of Jesus), church history, Paul’s letters to the church, Paul’s letters to individuals, and letters written to by other people.
Since the books of the Bibles aren’t in order when we do open our Bibles to read we don’t typically focus on a singular story line. Instead we focus our attention on the various lessons we can learn from the different books. But the story of the Bible, the big picture story, is the most and priceless story to ever be recorded. Which is why if you haven’t already, you’ll want to make participating in a chronological Bible reading plan a priority.
Tracing the Bible’s Story Line
I could talk about this and why it’s important all day, but honestly it was said best here by Scripture Confident Living.
The Bible as a whole is one INCREDIBLE story. From it we learn:
- How we and the earth came to be.
- How sin entered the world.
- How sin affects the people on earth.
- Why we need a savior.
- How God planned to redeem mankind.
We get a glimpse at what redemption looks like as we follow the Hebrew nation through their journey into the promise land.
We witness God’s redemptive plan in action as we step into the gospels.
We learn at the foot of Jesus himself and in Paul’s letters we see the great commission in action (Matthew 28:18-20) as Jesus’ teachings are spread from church to church.
And finally, we get to see how it all ends; in total unimaginable be absolutely factual victory.
Honestly, those are just the highlights. The lessons in between aren’t any less valuable, but there is so much more depth to those big moments when I consider the big picture of the Bible. The big picture is best illuminated when reading the story in order, from beginning to end.
What Didn’t Work for Me
My first attempt at following a chronological Bible reading plan was a jumbled mess. I downloaded a free plan on the internet, picked up my Bible, and jumped in. It was cool for the first few moments, until it came time to navigate through the various parts of the Bible.
Start in Genesis. Now flip to 1 Chronicles for two verses. Now back to Genesis. Oops, we forgot something in 1 Chronicles. We will now return to your regularly scheduled programming in Genesis…
It was a lot. I found myself struggling to stay on track. I tried to navigate it using the Bible app on my phone but that wasn’t much better and was a lot more time consuming. I know, I know; first world problems. Sometimes I forget how blessed we are to even have access to so many Bible study tools. Especially this one I’m about to introduce to you.
The BEST Chronological Bible Reading Plan
It’s called the One Year Chronological Bible. Fitting, isn’t it? What makes this Bible better than any other chronological reading plan? The layout! Instead of hopping back and fourth between various books of the Bible trying to follow the story line, the One Year Chronological Bible has all the reading, the entire story, from beginning to end, in order! So you really can just pick it up and start reading which makes it so much easier to focus on the story line. And also more enjoyable.
I’m currently using this Bible to lead my online Bible study group through the entire Bible in a year. Want to join us? Sign up for our community newsletter and we’ll send you a personal invite! Plus free Bible study tools to use along the way!