Bible Reading Plan

Having a Plan Helps Us Know Where to Start

We believe God speaks to us through His Word and wants every Christian to make a habit of reading the Bible for ourselves and applying it to our own lives. Psalm 1 promises that if you meditate on God’s Word, you will grow strong and fruitful like a healthy tree. There are many good ways to do this, but one method that many of us at Community of Hope have found to be simple but effective is to journal through the acronym S.O.A.P.

Scripture
As you read the entire passage for the day, select just one or two verses (or even just a few words) that you feel led to focus on in your journaling for the day. Trust that this one thought, which somehow stands out to you more than the rest, is what God will use to speak to you personally today. Write that verse out in your journal.

Observation
Observe what today’s reading says about the thought God pointed out to you in the “S” step above. What does the surrounding chapter help you understand about it? What did the writer want people back then to know? Write out a few sentences telling what you notice about that topic out of your reading for the day. The intent here is not to take notes on the whole chapter but to zero in on one subject.

Application
Now consider how this applies to you personally. What does God want you to do in response to what you have read? How might He want you to change? Or what help and encouragement is He offering you?  This step is the most important part of your journaling time.  Let God speak to you about your own life, and write what you sense He is saying.

Prayer
Write out a brief prayer based on what God has shown you today. This may be a prayer of thanks for what He has done for you, or you may need to admit some area where you have fallen short and ask for God’s forgiveness and His help to change. God is eager to help you do what He has brought to your attention, if you invite Him to do so.

As you close, you might want to give your journal entry a title and a subject heading. The subject will be general, such as “prayer”, “faith” or “love”. The title should express in a few words what you learned. These enable you to go back and track what God has shown you, so you can be reminded of it in the future.

Journaling through the Bible using S.O.A.P. is simple, but if you do it faithfully, God will use this process to speak to you. He says in Psalm 32:8, “I will teach you and instruct you in the way that you should go.” God wants to help you understand Him and follow His ways.

Below is our Word of God Speak reading plan that you might want to check out to start using this method and learn more about God's word!

Word of God Speak Reading Plan

Takes you through the entire New Testament and then chronologically through the main events of the Old Testament. In one year, you get an overview of the big story of Scripture in manageable daily amounts. Find our own COH plan on the YouVersion Bible app by searching for “Word of God Speak.”

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

February
1.   Acts 8
2.   Acts 9
3.   Acts 10
4.   Acts 11
5.   Acts 12
6.   Acts 13
7.   Acts 14
8.   Acts 15
9.   Acts 16
10. Acts 17
11. Acts 18
12. Acts 19
13. Acts 20
14. Acts 21
15. Acts 22
16. Acts 23
17. Acts 24
18. Acts 25
19. Acts 26
20. Acts 27
21. Acts 28
22. Mark 1
23. Mark 2
24. Mark 3
25. Mark 4
26. Mark 5
27. Mark 6
28. Mark 7

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