Introducing The Lindsay Bible Reading Plan
Lindsay: (ˈlɪndzɪ) n. (name, surname). Linden tree at the water.
Blessed is the one whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water. –Psalm 1:1a-3a
What it is
Many great Bible reading plans and strategies have been developed over the centuries. The Lindsay Bible Reading Plan aspires to continue this legacy.
The reading plan has five principle aims:
- Reading for understanding • On average, each day has 3.5 chapters from just one book. By reading and completing one book at a time, deeper comprehension is more attainable.
- Avoiding getting “bogged down” • Throughout most of the plan, “alternating canonical order” guides the reader to complete an Old Testament book, followed by a New Testament book, followed by an Old Testament book, and so on. This helps to keep the reading fresh, while still beginning the year in Genesis and ending it with Revelation.
- Praying the scriptures • In addition to a multi-chapter reading, each day has a bite-sized stanza from the Psalter designed to inform daily prayer. Just as God speaks to his people though the Bible, the Psalms help people to speak back to God.1
- Grounding in Christian tradition • By dividing the daily readings between AM (longer reading) and PM (Psalm stanza), the reader can engage the age-old practice of morning and evening Bible meditation.
- Complimenting the local church • Sunday readings only contain the Psalm stanza, reserving the longer readings for Monday through Saturday. This leaves time on Sunday for meditating on the Bible passage from the reader’s church service.
Ways to get going
- Subscribe to the calendar (iCal, Google Cal, or Outlook, etc.)
- Use (or copy/paste) this list with dates and scripture links.
- Save the reusable, non-dated, printable version.
When to begin
Even though Genesis 1 is read on January 1, there’s no reason to wait. Jump in with today’s date, and read on. You’ll be in January before you know it.
In other words, the best Bible reading plan is the plan that you actually do.2