Let’s Read the Bible Challenge

Have you ever said, “I wish I could read the Bible?” Do you have a desire to read God’s word? A longing that is soul-deep but, for some reason, the thought of reading 3-5 chapters a day just seems impossible. Or maybe you’ve tried the Bible year (many, many times); maybe even completed it, but want to take smaller bites of God’s word in one sitting. Maybe you’d like to try this read the Bible challenge.

Let's Read the Bible challenge
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Since you’re still reading, I guess that means I’ve got your attention.

How about reading one chapter of the Bible each day? You’re probably thinking, “One chapter a day? That would take forever!”

Reasons to Take the Read the Bible Challenge

Let’s do the math: there are 1189 books in the Bible and 365 days in a year. So it would actually take about 3 years and 3 months. Let’s round it up leaving room for illness, fatigue, the overwhelmed schedule, etc. and say it will take 3 years and 6 months.

“That’s a really long time.” you think.

Yes, it is. Let’s look at it another way – think of all the things that can be, or has been, accomplished in this amount of time:

  • Elijah prayed and there was no rain in all Israel for 3 ½ years.
  • Jesus’ ministry was 3 ½ years during which time he worked miracles and changed lives.
  • Solomon had so many wives it would take him 3 ½ years to visit each one if he saw a new wife every day.

Not convinced? How about this:

You’ll have finally completed reading the Bible (maybe even for the first time)!

The time spent with God reading His Word will change your life. You will be – transformed. You will have developed the habit of reading God’s word consistently. And the lessons that God imparts to you through His Word will remain with you forever.

Reasons to Read the Bible One Chapter A Day

A daily habit of reading the Bible will make you crave time in the Word. As Christians, we can’t become spiritually mature without time spent with God. Life gets busy and when trying to read the Bible in a year it’s easy to fall behind when missing one day’s reading means you’ll have to read 6-10 chapters the following day to catch up. Just typing the words overwhelm me.

A chapter a day gives you sufficient time to uncover new lessons in God’s Word without leading to a feeling of overwhelm. On most days, all you’ll need is fifteen minutes.

Can you spare fifteen minutes a day and join the challenge to read your Bible? Every day. One chapter at a time.

Yes, it’s going to take you three and a half years, but at the end of that time, you’ll be better for it.

The One Chapter A Day Bible Reading Plan

We will be Christians with a sustained habit of reading the Bible and spending time in God’s word. We will be members of a community of Bible readers – part of the family of God.


Let us pray for transformation as we get intentional about the time we spend with God.

Linking up with Suzanne Eller at #LiveFreeThursday, Holly Gerth at #CoffeeForYourHeart and Susan Mead at #DanceWithJesus.

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