In our Fresh Wind Sermon Series, Craig Smith reminded us that we want to be listening to God’s spirit. One of the best ways that you can know God’s voice is by reading the Bible. A reading plan can help you to develop the habit of reading the Bible. Colin McFarland and Kelly McSparran unpack a few of our staff picks for Bible reading plans – there is something for every season of life. Whether your Bible has been collecting dust or you have been to seminary, you can grow in your faith by learning more from God’s Word.
1 | youversion
The YouVersion Bible app is free and available on all devices. In addition to just reading the Bible, they offer a variety of reading plans that go through both books of the Bible and topical studies like marriage, parenting, and prayer. This is the perfect place to get started and to have some accountability.
2 | DWELL
Dwell is a new audio Bible app that keeps Scripture in your ears and on your heart. For $30 a year you can listen to genuine voices with uplifting music that helps the Bible come to life. This is perfect if you are a commuter or a mom on the go that needs to fit Bible reading into a busy schedule.
3 | solid joys by john piper
John Piper dives deep in these 4-6 minute episodes. He unpacks a few verses of the Bible each day and the readings aim to feed your joy in Jesus. You can subscribe to this podcast or just ask your smart speaker to play the latest episode if you have a few minutes at home.
4 | NEW MORNING MERCIES by PAUL DAVID TRIPP
This daily devotional by Paul David Tripp is a great addition to a strong cup of coffee in the morning. This daily reminder of the gospel will leave you feeling both encouraged and challenged to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory each and every day.
5 | MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST by OSWALD CHAMBERS
Oswald Chambers’ provides 365 thought-provoking mediations that will encourage and move you to think more deeply about your relationship with the Lord. My Utmost for His Highest has sold over 13 million copies worldwide and is considered one of the most popular religious books ever written. This daily devotional has inspired countless people to drink deeply from the biblical truths that Chambers so passionately championed.
6 | EXPERIENCING GOD by HENRY BLACKABY
Brimming with insight and seasoned with grace, this is a 365-day devotional. It unpack seven Scriptural realities that will teach you how to develop a true relationship with your Creator. This is a great plan to move deeper in your faith and this short read is a doable commitment for a daily plan.
7 | STREAMS IN THE DESERT by L.B.E. COWMAN
Streams in the Desert offers a great bookend to your day as it has a morning and evening devotional. You will be encouraged by these short devotions that speak to the soul with the ageless truth of the Word of God. This reading plan will give you insight into God’s character, Scripture to strengthen the daily messages, and hope to encourage a deeper faith walk. While this could be a great reading plan for anyone, we’d recommend it for those feeling weary or overwhelmed by life.
8 | MORNING AND EVENING by Charles SpurgeoN
For over one hundred years, Christians have gotten up and gone to bed with Charles Spurgeon’s devotional Morning and Evening as a companion. In this classic reading plan, Spurgeon will remind you of the importance of abiding in Christ and meditating on God’s Word.
9 | A Year with C.s. Lewis by C.S. LEWIS
While this isn’t a traditional Bible reading plan, this daily companion will take you through selections from Lewis’ celebrated signature classics: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, and A Grief Observed, as well as from the distinguished works The Weight of Glory and The Abolition of Man.
10 | EMBRACED by Lysa TerKeurst
In each of these 100 devotionals, Lysa TerKeurst will encourage you with daily scriptures and prayer prompts. Ladies, through this encouraging devotional, you’ll find freedom from your struggles, new ways to experience God’s love, and a daily encouragement to grow your relationship with the Lord.
Whatever you choose to read, we want to encourage you to just start somewhere. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 reminds us that:
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
As you start your reading plan, we are praying that God will use it to help you become more like Jesus and join Him on mission.
✍️ Credit :: Kelly McSparran
📸 Credit :: Matt Rhodes
🎨 Credit :: Matt Rhodes
Creative Associate Director