Bible Reading Plan for New Believers: The Best One That I've Ever Found
Updated: Jul 4
My journey toward finding the best Bible reading plan for new Christians that I've ever seen actually started at a funeral.
I was preaching a funeral at a church in Oklahoma.
They had a little one page checklist, a "New Believer's Bible Reading Plan," on the table in their foyer. I grabbed it, and thought, "This is neat, I should do something like it." Then I shoved it in my laptop case, preached the funeral, and drove back to OKC.
I'll finish the story later, but here's...
Why I think it's the best Bible reading plan for new believers that I've ever seen:
1. New believers need a Bible reading plan that does not get them stuck in the first few chapters of the Bible.
Don't get me wrong -- every single word of the Bible is inspired by God, but not every single word is equally valuable for a given moment of your life, right?
New believers need to be able to focus on:
reading the Scriptures on salvation
reading discipleship verses in the Bible
reading verses that encourage them to love Jesus
reading the highlights of the Bible
Reading the first 12 chapters of Genesis is valuable, but is also confusing for those who really ought to be focused on Jesus, their new leader, forgiver, and King!
This reading plan is better for new Christians because it starts in the New Testament, and goes back and picks up the early stories a few weeks later.
2. New believers need a Bible reading plan to focus on Jesus first.
When a person becomes a Christian, they usually do so because they believe in Jesus, are convinced of his claims, admire his teachings, and are amazed by his grace and love.
So, I think the first thing every new believer Bible reading plan ought to do is spend some time focusing on Jesus instead of other things!
This Bible reading plan especially designed for new Christians avoids that problem by starting with Jesus -- his birth, life, and his ministry in the Gospels... then his death and Resurrection.
As a disciple-making pastor, that's what I want my new believers focused on first!
3. New believers need a Bible reading plan to cover the highlights of the Bible.
I'm a sports fan, but I don't like to watch entire games. So instead, I choose to catch up with 10-12 minute highlights, to give me a sense of how the game played out.
The same is true with new believers' Bible reading plans!
Again, every word is inspired, but not all the words are equally useful in the phase of spiritual life that is sometimes called "babies in Christ." And even Jesus was clear that not all Scripture is as important as the "greatest commandment." He even rebuked the Pharisees for not emphasizing the "weightier matters of the Law." (see Matthew 23:23)
If you had to choose 25 passages in the New Testament that helped show the highlights of the Bible, what would you put in? You can check out the free Bible reading plan below, to see which ones I thought were most valuable.
4. New believers need a Bible reading plan that is clear.
A lot of new Christians (without a clear discipleship plan) just kind of start trying to read the Bible helter-skelter. You know:
"open and point"
"let's try this big one named Psalms"
"let's google best bible verses"
Sure, Jesus can keep those who are saved through a long time of this kind of floundering. Thank God!
But a clear discipleship strategy is a much more intentional way to disciple new believers.
Where you can get my free Bible reading plan for new believers:
So what did I do about the new Christian Bible reading plan I found?
Well, I'm ashamed to say... literally months passed and I did *nothing*. Then, about 6 months later, I was cleaning out my laptop bag, and saw some paper squished into the very bottom and pulled it out.
I looked at it and had one of those "YOUR DAY HAS COME" moments.
I'm not sure what it was, but I decided that day to build something on that little one-page Bible reading checklist for brand new Christians.
Here's what I created:
If you want to download it, you can do it free, right here:
Download the FREE New Believer Bible Reading Checklist
And now, the rest of the story...
How to give a new believer MORE than a Bible reading Plan:
A thought hit me at that moment, "What else do new Christians need to do well? What habits, besides just a Bible reading plan?" Then I thought, "What if this Bible reading plan wasn't all there was?"
The discipleship plans started coming thick and fast:
What if our church had a DISCIPLESHIP SYSTEM that was crystal clear?
What if it was so simple that brand new Christians could follow successfully?
What if I never had to "wing it" again on discipling a new believer?
What if there was a daily teaching video?
What if there was journal space for writing down what they were learning?
What if I could help them learn to pray the Scriptures?
So, I built all that and more.
If you've got 3 minutes to think about it, Here's what's included in NewStart Discipleship system:
Get Your New believers started right:
Don't be me during that several months where I had that great idea... but it was buried and crushed under the weight of ministry!
Instead, be the me that took ACTION.
If you need to talk to someone about how to create better discipleship strategy at your church, I'd love to share a 30 minute conversation with you via Zoom.
Yours for better discipleship,