If you are a regular attender of Harvest Bible Chapel of Jacksonville or have followed this blog for long, then you know that I am a HUGE fan of Professor Grant Horner’s Bible reading plan. The impact this plan has had on my spiritual life is immeasurable. Not many of you, however, may know that I actually have adjusted it just a little bit. I made some switches among the Old Testament lists (which resulted in 5 OT lists in comparison with his 6) in order to create a separate New Testament list for Romans, Galatians, and Ephesians.
I did this because I especially want to master Romans. Reading it monthly will help me accomplish that goal. I threw Galatians and Ephesians in with Romans in order to bring the chapter count to 28, making this list the same length as the book of Acts. So, each month I read entirely through Proverbs, Acts, Romans, Galatians, and Ephesians. The price of this adjustment is that I now have a 311 day list in the Old Testament, but that exchange is worth it for me. Here are my lists:
List #1 – 89 Days – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
List #2 – 197 Days – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
List #3 – 28 Days – Romans, Galatians, Ephesians
List #4 – 311 Days – Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1&2 Samuel, 1&2 Kings, 1&2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
List #5 – 59 Days – 1&2 Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, 1&2 Thessalonians, 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon
List #6 – 150 Days – Psalms
List #7 – 56 Days – Hebrews, James, 1&2 Peter, 1,2,&3 John, Jude, Revelation
List #8 – 250 Days – Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
List #9 – 31 Days – Proverbs
List #10 – 28 Days – Acts
There are a few weaknesses to my version of the plan:
(1) Lists #3 and 5 intersect one another in the order of how the books are laid out in the Bible.
(2) List #4 is really long, but that is alright with me because if I am diligent to do this plan daily, I will still read through the entire Bible at least once every year, and I will read through many of the books several times in a year.
(3) I do not have access to the many resources available for the plan (nice pdf files of bookmarks, iPhone app with the plan, etc.). One thing I especially like about my version is that balances OT and NT reading with 5 lists each. So every day I read 5 chapters from the Older Testament and 5 chapters from the Newer Testament.
Finally, I in no way whatsoever created this list to compete with or attempt to steal away anyone from the original version of the plan. I simply adapted it to meet one of my goals: master the book of Romans. The reason I am sharing this information with you is so that you can see that one of the great things about Professor Horner’s Plan is that it is easily adaptable to your spiritual goals.
In fact, I’m not the only one who has adjusted the plan in order to make Romans a more frequent read. Nathan Bingham traded Acts and Romans on this lists in order to read Romans more frequently. I considered that as an option, but I wanted to keep reading Acts monthly as well, and decided I wouldn’t mind having a really long Old Testament list.
Regardless of whether you tweak Horner’s lists or stay with the original (which I highly suggest you do since it is tried and true!), the main thing is that you are digging into God’s Word daily.