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Bible Reading Plan

New Testament In A Year 

Follow along each day of 2021 with a daily scripture from the New Testament. Days marked as REST are meant as a time of tranquility. Days marked as REFLECT have been planned for you to think and meditate on the readings and Sunday message.

As you read consider trying the following:

- Underline or highlight keywords or phrases
- Read the passage multiple times
- Read the chapter in different translations
- Imagine yourself as a character in the story
- Ask, how can I respond to this reading?

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No matter what day you choose to begin, you can see the corresponding scripture to each day.

January Scripture Reading

Week 1 (Jan 1 - Jan 10)

  • Jan 1 - Read John 1:1-51
  • Jan 2 - REST
  • Jan 3 - REFLECT
  • Jan 4 - Read John 2:1-23
  • Jan 5 - Read John 3:1-31
  • Jan 6 - Read John 4:1-54
  • Jan 7 - Read John 5:1-45
  • Jan 8 - Read John 6:1-70
  • Jan 9 - REST
  • Jan 10 - REFLECT

Weekly Reflection Questions

  • What attracted people to Jesus? What does it mean to follow Him?
  • Why did Jesus overturn the tables in the temple? Can you imagine places Jesus might do the same today?
  • What does it mean to be born again? How does one receive eternal life?
  • Consider, like the woman at the well, that Jesus knows everything you have ever done and loves you as you are.
  • What angered people about Jesus? Which of Jesus’ teachings have you found it difficult to follow or apply? 

Week 2 (Jan 11 - Jan 17)

  • Jan 11 - Read John 7:1-52
  • Jan 12 - Read John 8:1-59
  • Jan 13 - Read John 9:1-41
  • Jan 14 - Read John 10:1-42
  • Jan 15 - Read John 11:1-57
  • Jan 16 - REST
  • Jan 17 - REFLECT

Weekly Reflection Questions

  • As you reflect on your own life, in what ways can you see the presence and action of the Holy Spirit at work in you? (John 7:37-39)
  • Chapter 8 opens with a sensational story filled with shame and judgment. In what ways does Jesus response to whole scene reflect his wisdom and grace? (John 8:3-11). What meaning does his response have for you as you confront your sins?
  • The man born blind slowly progressed in his understanding of Jesus from a man (John 9:11), to a prophet, (John 9:17), to a man from God, (John 9:31-33), to believe Jesus as Lord and should be worshiped, (verse 38). In what ways has your own journey of faith, understandings, and beliefs changed over time?
  • Reflect on Jesus as your good shepherd, who knows your name, cares for you, leads and guides you, and protects and guards you. Envision Jesus ahead of you as you walk on the journey of life. What do you see and what do you feel? (John10:3-4, 11, 14-16)
  • Place yourself in Mary and Martha’s home. Consider a time when you felt or believed God was not listening to your prayers. How does this story of Jesus' response to Mary and Martha help you in your own understanding of your life of prayer? (John 11:1-57)

Week 3 (Jan 18 - Jan 24)

  • Jan 18 - Read John 12:1-50
  • Jan 19 - Read John 13:1-38
  • Jan 20 - Read John 14:1-31
  • Jan 21 - Read John 15:1-27
  • Jan 22 - Read John 16:1-33
  • Jan 23 - REST
  • Jan 24 - REFLECT

Weekly Reflection Questions

  • What would you be willing to give up to experience a greater life with Jesus?
  • How do you think you would feel if Jesus came to your house and washed your feet? Or, maybe started doing your laundry by hand?
  • What does it look like to follow his example today?
  • How is the Holy Spirit teaching you and guiding you right now?
  • In what ways can we “lay down our lives for our friends”? (John 15:13)
  • What does peace in the midst of worldly struggles feel like for you? (John 16:33)

Week 4 (Jan 25 - Jan 31)

  • Jan 25 - Read John 17
  • Jan 26 - Read John 18
  • Jan 27 - Read John 19
  • Jan 28 - Read John 20
  • Jan 29 - Read John 21
  • Jan 30 - REST
  • Jan 31 - REFLECT

February Scripture Reading

Week 1 (Feb 1 - Feb 7)

  • Feb 1 - Read 1 John 1
  • Feb 2 - Read 1 John 2
  • Feb 3 - Read 1 John 3
  • Feb 4 - Read 1 John 4
  • Feb 5 - Read 1 John 5
  • Feb 6 - REST
  • Feb 7 - REFLECT

Week 2 (Feb 8 - Feb 14)

  • Feb 8 - Read 2 John
  • Feb 9 - Read 3 John
  • Feb 10 - Read Jude
  • Feb 11 - Read 1Peter 1
  • Feb 12 - Read 1Peter 2
  • Feb 13 - REST
  • Feb 14 - REFLECT

Week 3 (Feb 15 - Feb 21)

  • Feb 15 - Read 1Peter 3
  • Feb 16 - Read 1Peter 4
  • Feb 17 - Read 1Peter 5
  • Feb 18 - Read 2Peter 1
  • Feb 19 - Read 2Peter 2
  • Feb 20 - REST
  • Feb 21 - REFLECT

Week 4 (Feb 22 - Feb 28)

  • Feb 22 - Read 2Peter 3
  • Feb 23 - Read Matthew 1
  • Feb 24 - Read Matthew 2
  • Feb 25 - Read Matthew 3
  • Feb 26 - Read Matthew 4
  • Feb 27 - REST
  • Feb 28 - REFLECT

March Scripture Reading

Week 1 (March 1 - March 7)

  • March 1 - Read Matthew 5
  • March 2 - Read Matthew 6
  • March 3 - Read Matthew 7
  • March 4 - Read Matthew 8
  • March 5 - Read Matthew 9
  • March 6 - REST
  • March 7 - REFLECT

Week 2 (March 8 - March 14)

  • March 8 - Read Matthew 10
  • March 9 - Read Matthew 11
  • March 10 - Read Matthew 12
  • March 11 - Read Matthew 13
  • March 12 - Read Matthew 14
  • March 13 - REST
  • March 14 - REFLECT

Week 3 (March 15 - March 21)

  • March 15 - Read Matthew 15
  • March 16 - Read Matthew 16
  • March 17 - Read Matthew 17
  • March 18 - Read Matthew 18
  • March 19 - Read Matthew 19
  • March 20 - REST
  • March 21 - REFLECT

Week 4 (March 22 - March 28)

  • March 22 - Read Matthew 20
  • March 23 - Read Matthew 21
  • March 24 - Read Matthew 22
  • March 25 - Read Matthew 23
  • March 26 - Read Matthew 24
  • March 27 - REST
  • March 28 - REFLECT

Week 5 (March 29 - March 31)

  • March 29 - Read Matthew 25
  • March 30 - Read Matthew 26
  • March 31 - Read Matthew 27