Churchwide Bible Reading Plan

Pacific Hope Church's daily Bible reading plan starts in January 2023!

Our purpose in launching a churchwide schedule is twofold.  First, this schedule of daily Bible readings is designed to take you through the entire Bible in one year. Second, by creating a daily Scriptural focus as a church body reading the same passages, we trust God’s Word will find its way into our thinking and conversations, conforming us more and more to Christ’s image. 

While there are many good plans available for reading through the Bible in a year, we encourage you to join us in reading as a Church family. Our prayer is to know “His divine power [which] has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature.” (2 Peter 1:2-4a).

Reading Schedules

Getting Started

This plan (from the ESV Study Bible®)* has four readings for each day. The readings are divided into four main sections: Psalms and Wisdom Literature; Pentateuch and the History of Israel; Chronicles and Prophets; and Gospels and Epistles.

In order to make the readings come out evenly, four major books of the Bible are included twice in the schedule: the Psalms (the Bible's hymnal), Isaiah (the grandest of the OT prophets), Luke (one of the four biblical Gospels), and Romans (the heart of the Bible's theology of salvation).

The list of readings from the Psalms and the Wisdom Literature begins and ends with special readings that are especially appropriate for the opening and closing of the year. The list of readings from the Pentateuch and the History of Israel proceeds canonically through the five books of Moses and then chronologically through the history of the OT, before closing the year with the sufferings of Job. The list of readings from the Chronicles and the Prophets begins with the Chronicler's history of the people of God from Adam through the exile, followed by the Major and Minor Prophets, which are organized chronologically rather than canonically.

The Gospels and Epistles are largely grouped according to authorship: first, the writings of Luke (in the Gospel of Luke) followed by the book of Acts, then the letters of Paul (from Romans through Philemon); next Matthew, followed by Hebrews (both of which seem to have been written to largely Jewish-Christian audiences); then Mark, which was probably based on the experiences of Peter, followed by Peter's own letters; then a repeat of Luke and Romans; finally, James and the writings of John (including the Gospel of John, the epistles of John, and Revelation).*

*ESV Study Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), Copyright ©2008 by Crossway Bibles.