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Bible Narratives Reading Plan for Individual/Family

Download a free 5 day Bible Narratives Reading Plan for 2018 here.

This week our family is finishing successfully reading through the whole Bible. Each of us has independently read through the Bible using the same Bible reading plan. We used this 5 day chronological reading plan. We liked it because it was only five days per week, which allowed us to catch up on the weekends if we got behind. We also like that it was chronological, bringing appropriate Psalms in when they fit the narrative.

We made it; yes, even a 6-7 year old can read through the Bible in a year! But it was tough (especially for Kate) to read such long passages each day. Some passages were also a bit awkward for a 7 and 9 year old to read (“Mommy, what’s….?).

So this year we plan to do something a bit different. Instead of reading through every verse in the Bible, we’re going to read through the Bible focusing on the major narratives. Our primary goal with daily reading is to become increasingly familiar with the major narratives of Scripture, so we think this kind of plan will service our purposes. I looked for a ready-made plan like this, but didn’t find exactly what I wanted. Here are the features I want in the plan:

  • Read through all of the major narratives of Scripture in a year.
  • Read only 5 days per week.
  • Even though Scripture treats objectionable narratives tastefully, there are still a few passages I’d like to skip for our young children.
  • I also like that the kids use their actual Bibles to read instead of a pre-made curriculum or devotional book. (Although this looks really good; we may use these in the future.)

I did find, however, this nice web site that focuses on summarizing the major Bible narratives, and it just happens to have 270 narratives, which is exactly the number we need for reading 5 days per week for a whole year.

So I dug through the site and collected the passages they used. I used that as a starting point, but then I considerably adjusted the list to form my own 5 day Bible Narrative Reading Plan. I also added Psalms and Proverbs throughout the year and skipped a few of the more colorful stories. The daily readings are a bit more manageable for young children to read in one sitting, averaging about 2 chapters (roughly 50 verses) per day.

I entered the plan into Logos Bible software, which Becky and I will use for our reading, and I also created a check list for the kids (they love checking off each day). You can access them using the following links:

Links no longer valid. Download the 2018 reading plan here.

So we will use this plan for our individual Bible reading each day. For family worship, I plan to review and discuss what we each read that morning. I’m also planning on using The Bible Story Handbook on occasion as well. The narratives don’t line up perfectly, but I’ll use it when applicable to guide our discussion as a family.

We may also use some of the resources (summaries, videos, etc.) on the BTStories site.

We’re really looking forward to reading through the Bible’s narratives this year! Please let me know in the comments if you plan to use this as well, and please send me any tweak suggestions you have as you read through the plan.

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is director of doctoral worship studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.