As we begin the new year, it is the perfect time to review the available resources for Bible reading plans. Add to that the fact that we will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, and it makes sense to consider plans that identify readings throughout the year that were influential in the life and work of the early reformers. The 365 Day Reading Plan offering from YouVersion entitled “Reformation Reading Plan” is described this way:
We celebrate the Reformation’s 500th Anniversary with a call to the Word. This plan, as did the Reformers, accents:
- The Word alone — Sola Scriptura
- A “gospel” order (the Bible organized according to which books most influenced the Reformers)
- Some grace each week
- The use of the latest communication technology (from Gutenberg to YouVersion!)
This reading plan was assembled by the Michigan District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS).
The reading plans contributed to YouVersion take different shapes and sizes. Some take you through the entire Bible, others focus on different themes. Some offer devotional thoughts, others just raw listings of Bible passages. The Reformation Reading Plan in simply a collection of Bible readings without commentary, but are specific to key chapters in the Bible that God used to clarify for theologians like Martin Luther the truth about law, gospel, grace, justification and sanctification.
YouVersion makes these plans available via their website at bible.com, but also on all their apps including iOS, Android, Amazon, etc. Each offers an easy way to check off read selections, enable reminder notifications/emails, as well as integrated solutions for highlighting, note-taking and even sharing with others. Their social features make it fun to share thoughts and also words of encouragement.
If you are interested in other Bible reading plans you may want to consider:
- One Year Bible Online
- Read The Entire New Testament Five Times A Year
- Bible Study Tools Reading Plans