New Testament Reading Challenge

Instead of going through the entire Bible in a year, I’ve challenged our youth to read through the New Testament in half a year.  That amounts to roughly 2 chapters a day, 5 days a week, for 6 months.

I love that there are no assigned readings on weekends which allows us to catch up on our readings if need be.  Another appeal to this plan is that without a passage to read on Sunday, we can spend some time meditating on the pastor’s sermon.

Also, the readings have been broken up in such a way so as to keep the writings of each respective author together.  So, for instance, after reading Luke, we’ll dive into Acts.  After reading John’s gospel, we’ll delve into his letters and then Revelation.  I’m hoping this will familiarize us with the styles, tendencies, and the unique flavors of each respective author.  The one exception to these groupings are Paul’s letters, which, for the most part have been kept together but not entirely.

My hope is to create a habit among our youth of daily Bible reading.  I’m encouraged by how many have signed up.  Actually, I’m amazed at how many have signed up!  Hoping to be amazed by how many persevere to the end.

Click here for a copy of the reading plan, or simply take a look below.

January
2                Mark 1-2
3                3-4
4                5-6
5                7-8
6                9-10
9                11-12
10             13-14
11             15-16
12             James 1-2
13             3-5
16             Matthew 1-2
17             3-4
18             5-6
19             7-8
20             9-10
23             11-12
24             13-14
25             15-16
26             17-18
27             19-20
30             21-22
31             23-24

February
1                Matthew 25-26
2                27-28
3                Jude
6                1 Peter 1-2
7                3-5
8                2 Peter 1-2
9                3
10             Philemon
13             Luke 1-2
14             3-4
15             5-6
16             7-8
17             9-10
20             11-12
21             13-14
22             15-16
23             17-18
24             19-20
27             21-22
28             23-24

March
1                Acts 1-2
2                3-4
3                5-6
6                7-8
7                9-10
8                11-12
9                13-14
10             15-16
13             17-18
14             19-20
15             21-22
16             23-24
17             25-26
20             27-28
21             Romans 1-2
22             3-4
23             5-6
24             7-8
27             9-10
28             11-12
29             13-14
30             15-16
31             John 1-2

April
3                John 3-4
4                5-6
5                7-8
6                9-10
7                11-12
10             13-14
11             15-16
12             17-18
13             19-20
14             21
17             1 John 1-2
18             3-5
19             2 & 3 John
20             Revelation 1-2
21             3-4
24             5-6
25             7-8
26             9-10
27             11-12
28             13-14

May
1                Revelation 15-16
2                17-18
3                19-20
4                21-22
5                1 Corinthians 1-2
8                3-4
9                5-6
10             7-8
11             9-10
12             11-12
15             13-14
16             15-16
17             2 Corinthians 1-2
18             3-4
19             5-6
22             7-8
23             9-10
24             11-13
25             Galatians 1-2
26             3-4
29             5-6
30             Ephesians 1-2
31             3-4

June
1                Ephesians 5-6
2                Philippians 1-2
5                3-4
6                Colossians 1-2
7                3-4
8                1 Thessalonians 1-2
9                3-5
12             2 Thessalonians
13             1 Timothy 1-2
14             3-4
15             5-6
16             2 Timothy 1-2
19             3-4
20             Titus
21             Hebrews 1-2
22             3-4
23             5-6
26             7-8
27             9-10
28             11-12
29             13

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