The Challenge (should you decide to accept it)
For the year 2022, we are upping the ante and challenging you to read the entire Bible in a year. We invite you to read the Bible with us every day. We are using the Classic M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan for this challenge. This is the reading plan we used last year, and we both really enjoyed it. It is not an overwhelming plan as most days you only have to read four chapters of the Bible. There are usually two Old Testament chapters and two New Testament chapters. This is a very doable reading plan.
If you have not read the Bible and/or are not familiar with the chronology of the Bible, please read the Crash Course in Biblical Chronology so you will have the context for the third and fourth daily readings.
About the Classic M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan
Robert Murray M’Cheyne, (sometimes spelled McCheyene and pronounced McShane) was a 19th Century Scottish minister, who lived from 1813-1843. Even though Revered M’Cheyne never reached his thirtieth birthday, he developed the Bible reading plan that bears his name and is still in use today. The plan takes the reader though the complete Bible over the course of one year, and the New Testament and Psalms twice each year. The plan is further divided into Family and Secret or Private sections. The intent being the Family sections are read in family devotions and the Secret sections are read during private (secret) devotions. You can choose to use this format or not.
Commit to Read the Bible
If you don’t prefer the plan we are suggesting but you want to commit to reading the Bible in a year with us, find a plan that works for you. If you want to read the Bible on your favorite device, try the YouVersion app available for Apple or Android devices and laptop/desktop computers. I have used this for a few years on my phone and it is quite convenient. It keeps track of your daily reading streak which can help keep you motivated. You can set to private reading or connect with friends and family – another way to stay motivated. Additionally, there are many versions of the Bible included in the app.
Use Your Own Bible with M’Cheyne Bookmarks
If you prefer to use your physical bible for your daily reading, here are some links to some handy bookmarks with the four daily readings on each of four bookmarks. You can print and cut these out for use in your favorite bible.
These bookmarks were created by Robert Dru Martin who nicely formatted the readings on a set of bookmarks. He has also included check-boxes to keep track of your progress. You can download, print and cut them out for use. When you print, use these settings: landscape, print on both sides, flip on short edge, and they should print nicely for you.
The bookmarks were originally formatted for US Letter, they also print out fine on A4. Mr. Martin grants anyone permission to copy and redistribute the printed sheets subject to two conditions: 1) they are not modified in any way, and 2) no charge is made for them.
Start Any Time
If you have come across this site today (any day after January 1, 2022), you can still start the challenge. Each monthly reading post is noted with the calendar date and the chronological day in the reading plan – Jan 1/Day 1. Day 1 can be any day because any day is a good day to commit to reading the bible.
Are you up for the Challenge?
If you want to take the 2022 Bible Reading Challenge with us, make the commitment and let us know in the comments below. Let’s reason together and encourage each other to read the Word of God daily.
We further challenge you to ask your friends to take the challenge with you. Reach out to them today and say,
“Read the Bible with Me!“
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Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813 – 1843) – pastor in Dundee, Scotland
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