Personal Bible reading is a discipline, a discipline that comes more easily for some than for others. The reading plans and other resources linked on this page have been designed to help you provide structure to your regular personal Bible reading. If you would like some motivational material to help fan the flame of personal reading, check out the resources at the bottom of the page.
Daily Devotional Guides
- Tabletalk. Tabletalk is a monthly devotional magazine that includes daily devotional readings, a through-the-Bible-in-a-year reading plan, and multiple thought-provoking articles. [Free/$, a limited number are available at the beginning of each month at RBC]
- Open Windows. This quarterly publication by LifeWay includes a daily devotional passage, a daily plan for reading the Bible through in a year, a short devotional reading, prayer starters, and a daily missionary prayer guide. [$, a limited number of free copies are available at RBC]
- For the Love of God. This blog provides a daily devotional reading that follows the M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan. The readings are a digital version of D.A. Carson’s For the Love of God: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God’s Word, Volume 1 and Volume 2. [Free]
- The Daily Reading Bible. Each edition has approximately 60 undated readings, and each reading focuses on a particular passage of Scripture. In addition to the full text of the Scripture passage for that day’s content, the readings also include questions, “points to ponder,” and prayer starters. [$, samples are available to look through at RBC]
- Explore. This quarterly publication includes daily Bible readings, devotional commentary, and reflection questions. It also includes a through-the-Bible-in-a-year reading plan. Also available as an app for your phone and/or tablet (see below) [$, samples are available to look through at RBC]
- Some of the resources listed on the “One-to-One and Small Group Study” page could also be used in your personal study.
- ESV Plans. As noted above, you can select how you receive your selected plan (including in your Google, Outlook, or other iCal-compatible digital calendar). [Free]
- ReadingPlan. Available for iPhone and iPad users, this app comes with six reading plans, and many other reading plans are available for free and easy download into the app. Among its many features, this app allows you to set reminders, links with your preferred Bible reading app, and lets you customize the start date. [Free]
- YouVersion. This app includes numerous translations and reading plans and is available for multiple devices (iPhone/iPad, Android, BlackBerry, etc.). [Free]
- Explore. This app is the digital version of the daily devotional “Explore” mentioned above. Available from the iTunes App Store and from Google Play. [Free for the first month of devotionals, $ for subsequent months]
For Children and Teenagers
- Engage. Designed for youth ages 14 to 18, each undated edition includes approximately 90 daily Bible readings, questions to help students think through what they have read, plus suggestions for exploring the day’s passage/topic even further. [$, samples are available to look through at RBC]
- Discover. This dated quarterly publication has been prepared for children ages 11 to 14 and contains daily Bible readings, questions about the Bible reading, and activities. As the publisher states, “It encourages a daily routine of Bible study and prayer, which hopefully sets a pattern for the rest of their lives.” [$, samples are available to look through at RBC]
- XTB (eXplore The Bible). Each undated volume contains approximately 60 daily readings and activities designed for children ages 7 to 10. XTB also links in with the family devotional Table Talk to allow families to use the two books together if desired. The Table Talk Fact Sheet offers suggestions on using XTB with Table Talk. [$, samples are available to look through at RBC]
- Beginning with God. These guides help parents explore the Bible with their preschool children, and include a daily reading, questions that can be adjusted as necessary, suggested prayers, and activities. [$, samples are available to look through at RBC]
- See the page “Family Worship Resources” for additional ideas of resource to use with your children.
Motivational Materials & Other Resources
- Open Up the Bible Videos. For some people, personal Bible reading is best done first thing in the morning. For others, late at night works best. For many others, somewhere in between early morning and late night fits their schedule best. Each video offers a perspective on having a personal time of Bible reading and prayer at a particular time during the day. [Free]
- Plan for Personal Bible Reading. In this sermon, John Piper considers the value of planning for personal growth and ministry in light of what Scripture says about planning. [Free]
- Regular Bible Reading. This article from Matthias Media provides some additional thoughts on being intentional in your regular intake of the Scriptures.
- A book to read. In his book, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald Whitney addresses more than personal Bible reading. However, chapters 2 and 3 address Bible intake, and include sections on Bible reading, meditation, and other forms of regular consumption of the Scriptures. [$]