Bible Reading Plan

This is the Bible reading plan to help you better understand the concepts here. If you are preparing to be a missionary, or are a missionary on the field, use this plan. Read the Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the New Testament.

Suggested tips for this Bible reading plan:

  • If you want to go to a remote unreached people group, read your Gospels 4 to 6 hours a day for two years. Two is the very minimum and is probably not enough. After two years, you can read other books one time, then read a Gospel five times again.
  • Read a version that you can understand well. If you don’t have a Bible you can start here. See the YouTube playlist here.
  • If possible, get a Bible that has Jesus’s words in red. This is important if you can get one.
  • Read each one five times before you move on to the next. Example: Matthew 5 times, Mark 5 times, etc.
  • Stay in the Gospels for two years if you are a new believer, a new missionary candidate, or if you have never read this much before. You will need it where you are going.
  • Read until you get a breakthrough. You will have many distractions, fall asleep or want to do any other Christian activity. This is your flesh resisting the Spirit. A breakthrough will come over time and you will have a deep hunger for more. It could take a few months to get the breakthrough, keep reading.
  • Read in secret (Matthew 6:1-8) because Jesus told us to, and to fight against the distractions.
  • Read slowly, pay close attention, and read it for what it is.
  • Don’t use outside Bible helps for at least two years.
  • Highlight the verses below using the instructions.
  • If you can, do this with a friend, make a disciple.

After two years, keep reading Jesus five times more than the apostle’s letters, you will be in balance. A balance of 5 to 1 is correct. Read one letter of a disciple (Paul for example) for every five times you read a Gospel. Then you will know how to correctly filter or interpret the disciples teaching through Christ’s teaching. Christ is the highest authority, he is the Messiah. Read the Old Testament books after you have read all the New Testament books at least five times. It would be better to do this after ten times.

Highlight the Missiology of Christ

To understand the Missiology of Christ section, read your Gospels and highlight these verses in red: Matthew: 3:19 y 22; 8:19-22; 9:35-38; : 10:1; 10:7-9; 10:12-16; 10:21-23; 10:34-39; 11:4-6; 12:47-48; 19:21; 19:27-30; 24:14; 26:34-35; 28:19-20 Mark 1:15-20; 1:38; 3:14-15; 3:31-35; 6:6-13; 8:34-35; 10:20-21; 10:28-31; 13:10; 13:12-13; 16:15-18 Luke 5:10-11; 5:27-28; 8:19-21; 9:1-6; 9:23-24; 9:57-62; 10:1-4; 10:5-8; 10:9-11; 10:19; 12:32-33; 12:49-53; 14:25-27; 14:33; 18:21-22; 18:28-30; 21:16-17; 22:35-37; 24:45-49 John 12:23-26; 15:18-27; 16:1-4; 16:8-11; 17:10-26; Acts 1:6-8 where Jesus is speaking.

Highlight the Leadership Model of Christ

To better understand the leadership model of Christ (Christian Leadership for Missions section), highlight these verses in blue: Matthew 10:24-25; 18:1-4; 19:13-14; 19:27-28; 20:20-28; 23:5-12; 28:18 Mark 1:7; 3:20-22; 6:1-6; 8:31-33; 9:33-37; 10:13-16; 10:35-45; 12:38 Luke 1:32-33; 3:16; 4:24; 6:40; 7:28; 9:46-48; 10:21-22; 11:43; 12:1; 14:7-11; 17:7-10; 18:9-14; 18:15-19; 20:21; 20:45-47; 22:24-34; 22:61-62 John the entire chapter 13. If you already know about missions, do this with a disciple.

Use a blue ink pen (not gel) and use a little ruler to make the lines straight.

Example of highlighting the verses, (New International Version)

Suggested ages to start the Bible reading plan

If you are a little boy or girl, read your Gospels as much as you can. If you are an adolescent, start this plan above and try to read two hours per day. If you are in your teens, start this plan and try to read four hours per day. If you are in your twenties start the plan by reading more than four hours per day.

  • Ages 5-9 one hour per day
  • Ages 10-13 two hours per day
  • Ages 14 -18 four hours per day
  • Ages 18 and above more than four hours per day

Why are we reading the Bible so much?

If you were to go to college, even in some high schools, they will have you reading at least what is suggested here. Remember that you are preparing to go into totally unreached people groups and this requires training and preparation. You will be taking Jesus. You will need more than a rubber bracelet with WWJD on it. You will need to know what Jesus would do. Take a deep dive into Jesus! Get into his words!