About NT in 40 days

We often “give something up” for Lent and that is a wonderful practice. This year, however, I’m challenging you to “take something on”– and that something is to read all of the New Testament. Sound daunting? The guide I’ve developed averages out to roughly 9 study Bible pages per day! The exact word count varies, but based on the longest single assignment, an average adult reader can do this in about 20-30 minutes each day, with many day’s readings being shorter. So yes, you can do this!

A Chronological Reading! Further, the guide will walk you through the texts in a chronological order, that is, in the order that the vast majority of NT scholars believe the texts were written in. Thus, we’ll start not with the Gospels, but with 1st Thessalonians, almost certainly the oldest letter of the Apostle Paul that we have. Reading the NT in this order helps us see how core ideas and understandings took shape and developed over time.

Drawing from the late Marcus Borg’s book Evolution of the Word and the wisdom of several traditional daily reading plans, I have developed a 40 day outline that will easily walk you through all the NT texts, starting with a short Ash Wednesday entry and finishing during Holy Week (with Sundays off). Most of the shorter “books” will be read in one setting, with longer texts broken up over a few days. Your job as a reader will be to come away with an overview of the key points of each “book” and a few major insights or questions.

Following the chart below, you, yes you, can read the entire New Testament during Lent.

20-30 minutes a day, six days a week.

This challenge is being co-sponsored by Calvary UMC in Wichita, KS and Campus Ministry at Wichita State. All are welcome to participate. Blog entries developed by Rev. Christopher Eshelman. We start Ash Wednesday!  Blessings on your journey!

Download a printer friendly version of the reading list here: NT in 40 days Outline PDF

Day
Book
Chapters
Approx Pages (Study Bible)
1 Ash Wednesday
1 Thessalonians
All (1 to 5)
4
2 Thur  
Galatians
All (1 to 6)
6
3 Fri
1 Corinthians
1 to 7
8
4 Sat
1 Corinthians
8 to 16
10
SUNDAY – REST or catch up
5 Mon
Philemon
1 & Phillipians 1-4
6
6 Tue
2 Chorinthians
All (1 to 13)  
11
7 Wed
Romans
1 to 8
9
8 Thur
Romans
9 to 16
9
9 Fri
Mark
1 to 8:30
9
10 Sat
Mark
8:31 to 16
12
SUNDAY – REST or catch up
11 Mon
James
All (1 to 5)
4
12 Tue
Colossians
All (1 to 4)
4
13 Wed
Matthew
1 to 10
13
14 Thur
Matthew
11 to 18
11
15 Fri
Matthew
19 to 25
10
16 Sat
Matthew
26-28
5
SUNDAY – REST or catch up
17 Mon
Hebrews 
1 to 7
7
18 Tue
Hebrews
8 to 13
8
19 Wed
John
1 to 6
11
20 Thur
John
7 to 12
12
21 Fri
John
3 to 21
13
22 Sat
Ephesians
All (1 to 6)
6
SUNDAY – REST or catch up
23 Mon
Revelation
1 to 3
4
24 Tue
Revelation
4 to 16
10
25 Wed
Revelation
17 to 22
6
26 Thur
All of Jude, 1st John, 2nd John, 3rd John
9
27 Fri
Luke
1 to 6
12
28 Sat
Luke
7 to 11
9
SUNDAY – REST or catch up
29 Mon
Luke
12 to 18
11
30 Tue
Luke
19 to Acts 1
13
31 Wed
Acts
2 to 7
11
32 Thur
Acts
8 to 12
9
33 Fri
Acts
13 to 19
12
34 Sat
Acts
20 to 28
13
SUNDAY – REST or catch up
35 Mon
2 Thessolonians
1 to 3
3
36 Tue
1 Peter
1 to 5
7
37 Wed
1 Timothy
1 to 6
7
38 Maundy Thursday
2 Timothy
1 to 4
5
39 Good Friday
Titus
1 to 3
3
40 Holy Saturday
2 Peter
1 to 3
5
EASTER – Christ Is Risen Indeed!

A Lenten Challenge – “take something on!”

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