As believers, it’s essential to understand the importance of knowing God’s Word for ourselves. The Bible is not merely a book of stories or a collection of moral teachings; it’s the living Word of God, which has the power to transform our lives and draw us closer to Him. By reading and studying the Bible, we gain insight into God’s character, His will for our lives, and how to navigate the challenges and blessings we encounter. Moreover, our personal relationship with God is strengthened as we delve deeper into His Word. In this 30-day reading plan, we hope to encourage and equip you to build a solid foundation of faith by engaging with the Scriptures on a daily basis.
Day 1: John 1:1-18 (Introduction to Jesus)
On Day 1, we start with John 1:1-18, which introduces us to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This passage describes Jesus as the Word, who was with God in the beginning and through whom all things were made. It also explains that Jesus came to earth as a human being to reveal God’s love and grace to us. As you read this passage, consider the significance of Jesus’ life and what it means to have a personal relationship with Him.
Day 2: Matthew 5:1-12 (The Beatitudes)
On Day 2, we dive into Matthew 5:1-12, also known as the Beatitudes. In this passage, Jesus teaches His disciples about the blessings that come from living a life of humility, meekness, and righteousness. As you read this passage, reflect on the qualities that Jesus values and consider how you can apply them to your own life.
Day 3: Psalm 23 (The Lord is My Shepherd)
Day 3 takes us to Psalm 23, which is one of the most well-known and beloved passages in the Bible. This psalm describes God as a loving and caring shepherd who guides and protects His sheep. As you read this passage, reflect on God’s love for you and His faithfulness to lead you through life’s ups and downs.
Day 4: Romans 3:21-31 (Righteousness through Faith)
On Day 4, we explore Romans 3:21-31, which explains how we can be made righteous before God through faith in Jesus Christ. This passage teaches us that salvation is a free gift from God that we receive by putting our faith in Jesus. As you read this passage, consider the significance of this gift and the impact it has on our lives.
Day 5: Isaiah 53 (The Suffering Servant)
Day 5 takes us to Isaiah 53, which describes a suffering servant who bears the sins of the people and brings them healing and redemption. This passage is a prophetic description of Jesus Christ and His ultimate sacrifice on the cross for our sins. As you read this passage, reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus made for us and the significance it has for our salvation.
Day 6: Mark 1:14-20 (Jesus Calls His First Disciples)
Today’s reading is from Mark 1:14-20, where Jesus calls His first disciples. In this passage, we see how Jesus invites Simon, Andrew, James, and John to follow Him and become fishers of men. We can learn from this story that Jesus wants us to be His followers and to share His message of love and salvation with others. As new believers, we can take inspiration from the obedience and willingness of these disciples to follow Jesus, even when they didn’t fully understand what it meant. Let us also be willing to follow Jesus and share His message with those around us.
Day 7: Matthew 22:34-40 (The Greatest Commandment)
In today’s reading, we turn to Matthew 22:34-40, where Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment is. Jesus replies by saying that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself. This passage reminds us that our faith is not just about following rules and regulations, but it is about loving God and others. As we strive to grow in our faith, let us keep this commandment in mind and seek to love God and others with all that we are.
Day 8: Psalm 139 (God’s Omnipresence and Omniscience)
Today’s reading is from Psalm 139, where the psalmist reflects on the omnipresence and omniscience of God. This psalm reminds us that God knows us intimately, even before we were born, and that He is always with us, no matter where we go. As new believers, we can take comfort in the fact that God knows us intimately and loves us deeply. Let us strive to draw closer to Him and to trust in His love and care for us.
Day 9: Ephesians 2:1-10 (Salvation by Grace)
In today’s reading, we turn to Ephesians 2:1-10, where Paul talks about salvation by grace. Paul reminds us that we are saved not by our own works, but by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This passage is a powerful reminder that we cannot earn our salvation, but it is a gift from God that we receive through faith. As new believers, let us remember that our salvation is a gift from God and that we can trust in His grace and love for us.
Day 10: John 3:1-21 (Jesus and Nicodemus)
Today’s reading is from John 3:1-21, where Jesus has a conversation with Nicodemus about being born again. Jesus tells Nicodemus that in order to enter the kingdom of God, he must be born again of water and the Spirit. This passage reminds us that our salvation is not just about saying a prayer or attending church, but it is about being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let us seek to be born again of water and the Spirit and to live our lives in accordance with God’s will.
Day 11: Luke 15:11-32 (The Prodigal Son)
In today’s reading, we turn to Luke 15:11-32, where Jesus tells the parable of the prodigal son. This story reminds us that God’s love for us is unconditional and that He is always ready to welcome us back into His arms, no matter how far we have strayed. As new believers, let us take comfort in the fact that we have a loving Father who is always ready to forgive us and welcome us home.
Day 12: Colossians 1:15-20 (The Supremacy of Christ)
As a new believer, it’s important to understand the significance of Jesus Christ and His role in our lives. Colossians 1:15-20 highlights the supremacy of Christ, as the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, and the reconciler of all things to God through His death on the cross. Through this passage, we can gain a deeper understanding of who Jesus is and the amazing love that He has for us. Take some time to reflect on these verses and thank God for sending His Son to reconcile us to Him.
Day 13: Matthew 6:25-34 (Do Not Worry)
As we go through life, we often find ourselves worrying about various things such as our health, finances, or relationships. However, as Christians, we can trust that God has a plan for our lives and that He will take care of us. In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus reminds us not to worry about our basic needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter, but to seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness. Let us trust in God’s provision and seek to live for Him each day.
Day 14: 1 Corinthians 13 (The Way of Love)
Love is at the center of the Christian faith. 1 Corinthians 13 teaches us about the way of love, which is patient, kind, not envious, not boastful, not proud, not rude, not self-seeking, not easily angered, and keeps no record of wrongs. This chapter challenges us to love others as Christ loves us, which requires us to be selfless and sacrificial. Let us strive to love others in this way, knowing that love never fails.
Day 15: Genesis 1:1-31 (God’s Creation)
In Genesis 1:1-31, we see the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. God spoke the world into existence, creating everything from light and darkness to the plants, animals, and humans. As we meditate on this passage, let us be reminded of God’s power and creativity, and give thanks for the beauty of His creation.
Day 16: Psalm 51 (David’s Confession and Repentance)
We all fall short of God’s perfect standards, and at times we may find ourselves in need of confession and repentance. Psalm 51 is a powerful example of David’s confession and repentance after he sinned with Bathsheba. As you read this psalm, consider areas in your life where you may need to confess and repent, and ask God to forgive you and restore you to a right relationship with Him.
Day 17: John 14:1-14 (Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life)
In John 14:1-14, Jesus tells His disciples that He is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one comes to the Father except through Him. This passage reminds us that salvation is only possible through faith in Jesus Christ. Let us trust in Him as our Savior and Lord, and follow Him as the way, the truth, and the life.
Day 18: Romans 8:1-17 (Life in the Spirit)
Romans 8:1-17 teaches us about life in the Spirit, which is characterized by freedom from condemnation, adoption as children of God, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, we are able to put to death the deeds of the flesh and live according to the Spirit. Let us seek to walk in the Spirit each day, and experience the abundant life that God has for us.
Day 19: Exodus 20:1-17 (The Ten Commandments)
Today’s reading is one of the most famous passages in the Bible – the Ten Commandments. These commandments were given to the Israelites by God through Moses, and they provide a framework for how we are to live in relationship with God and with others. The first four commandments deal with our relationship with God, while the remaining six deal with our relationship with others. As you read through this passage, take some time to reflect on how you are living out these commandments in your life. Are there areas where you need to make changes or seek forgiveness? Ask God to help you live a life that honors Him and respects others.
Day 20: Psalm 1 (The Two Ways)
As we near the end of this 30-day Bible reading plan for new believers, we come to a powerful reminder of the importance of choosing the right path in life. Psalm 1 presents us with a clear contrast between the way of the righteous and the way of the wicked. The righteous are those who delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on it day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in season and prospering in all they do. In contrast, the wicked are like chaff that the wind blows away. They will not stand in the judgment, nor will sinners in the assembly of the righteous. As we reflect on this passage, let us choose to walk in the way of the righteous and trust in the Lord with all our hearts.
Day 21: Philippians 2:1-11 (Christ’s Humility and Exaltation)
Today’s passage from Philippians reminds us of the supreme example of humility that we have in Jesus Christ. The passage starts by exhorting us to be united in spirit and purpose, to love one another and to be humble. Then, it points us to the ultimate example of humility: Jesus Christ, who, though he was in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage. Instead, he made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death– even death on a cross! Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Let us therefore follow Christ’s example of humility and obedience, trusting in God’s plan for our lives.
Day 22: Matthew 7:1-14 (Judging Others and the Narrow Gate)
As we approach the end of this 30-day Bible reading plan for new believers, today’s passage from Matthew 7 reminds us of the importance of avoiding judgment and staying on the narrow path that leads to life. Jesus tells us not to judge others, for with the same measure we use, we will be judged. He then urges us to enter through the narrow gate that leads to life, for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. As we reflect on this passage, let us be mindful of our words and actions towards others, and let us strive to stay on the narrow path that leads to life, following the example of Jesus Christ.
Day 23: Romans 12:1-2 (Living Sacrifices)
In today’s passage from Romans 12, we are called to present ourselves as living sacrifices to God, holy and pleasing to Him. This means that we are to offer our bodies as instruments of righteousness and to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We are to not conform to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, so that we may discern God’s will and live according to it. As we meditate on this passage, let us offer ourselves fully to God and allow Him to transform us from the inside out.
Day 24: James 1:2-18 (Trials and Temptations)
Today’s passage from James reminds us that trials and temptations are a natural part of the Christian life, but that they can also be opportunities for growth and maturity. James tells us to consider it pure joy whenever we face trials of many kinds, because the testing of our faith produces perseverance. And perseverance must finish its work so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James also warns us not to be deceived by our own desires, which can lead us into temptation and sin. Instead, we are to recognize that every good and perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. As we reflect on this passage, let us trust in God’s goodness and faithfulness, even in the midst of trials and temptations.
Day 25: John 15:1-17 (The Vine and the Branches)
Today’s passage from John 15 presents us with a beautiful analogy of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus describes Himself as the vine and us as the branches, and emphasizes the importance of remaining in Him in order to bear fruit. He tells us that apart from Him, we can do nothing, but that if we remain in Him and His words remain in us, we can ask whatever we wish and it will be done for us. Jesus also commands us to love one another, just as He has loved us, and to bear much fruit, showing ourselves to be His disciples. As we meditate on this passage, let us remain in Christ and allow His love to flow through us, bearing fruit for His glory.
Day 26: Philippians 4:4-9 (Peace and Contentment)
In today’s passage from Philippians 4, we are reminded to rejoice always and to not be anxious about anything, but to bring our concerns to God in prayer and thanksgiving. Paul encourages us to think about whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy, and to put these things into practice. He also reminds us that the God of peace will be with us as we do so. As we reflect on this passage, let us trust in God’s provision and seek to cultivate a spirit of gratitude and contentment in all circumstances.
Day 27: Ephesians 2:1-10 (Salvation by Grace)
In today’s passage from Ephesians 2, we are reminded that our salvation is not based on our own efforts or good works, but on God’s grace alone. Paul tells us that we were once dead in our sins, but that God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive in Christ. It is by grace that we have been saved, through faith, and not by works, so that no one can boast. We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. As we meditate on this passage, let us remember that our salvation is a gift of God’s grace, and let us seek to live a life that reflects the good works He has prepared for us.
Day 28: 1 Peter 2:9-12 (Living as God’s People)
In today’s passage from 1 Peter 2, we are reminded that as followers of Christ, we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and God’s special possession. Peter encourages us to live such good lives among the pagans that, though they may accuse us of doing wrong, they may see our good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. We are to submit to human authority for the Lord’s sake, and to honor everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, and honor the emperor. As we reflect on this passage, let us remember that we are called to live as God’s people, shining His light in the world and bringing glory to His name.
Day 29: Matthew 6:19-24 (Treasures in Heaven)
In today’s passage from Matthew 6, Jesus teaches us about the importance of storing up treasures in heaven, rather than on earth. He tells us that where our treasure is, there our heart will be also. Jesus also warns us about the dangers of serving two masters – we cannot serve both God and money. Instead, we are to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, trusting that He will provide for all our needs. As we meditate on this passage, let us examine our hearts and ask ourselves where our treasure truly lies, and let us seek to prioritize our lives in a way that reflects our love and devotion to God.
Day 30: Colossians 3:12-17 (Living in Christ)
In today’s passage from Colossians 3, we are called to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. We are to bear with one another and forgive one another, just as Christ forgave us. Above all, we are to put on love, which binds all these virtues together in perfect unity. Paul also encourages us to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, and to be thankful in all circumstances, whatever we do, whether in word or deed, to do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. As we reflect on this passage, let us seek to live our lives in Christ, showing love and compassion to those around us, and giving thanks to God for all His blessings.