Bible Resources

Being in God’s Word

In the book of Acts, some believers were considered “more noble” because “they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:11).

We want everyone to read the Bible for themselves and discover the truth and beauty of God’s Word. Scripture is God’s gift to us, lighting up our paths and drawing us into relationship with him.

At HMCC, we use the English Standard Version (ESV), a more literal and yet beautifully readable English translation of the Bible, in our preaching and teaching ministry, but the use of different translations and resources in personal Bible reading and study are also helpful.

Mobile Bible Reading Apps

YouVersion Bible

The YouVersion Bible app has over 1,000 Bible versions in hundreds of languages, audio streaming in select versions, hundreds of reading plans, and enables you to add your own Verse Images, highlights, bookmarks, and public and private notes.

ESV Bible

The ESV Bible app includes the English Standard Version Bible, audio streaming, interactive reading plans, and free access to the ESV Global Study Bible, which gives quality, accessible commentary alongside the biblical text.

Read Scripture

The Read Scripture app includes a year-long Bible reading plan, supplemented with amazingly creative videos produced by the Bible Project (see below) that explain every book of the Bible, major theological themes of the gospel, and tips on how to read the Bible.

Bible Reading Plans (BRPs)

There are a variety of interactive Bible Reading Plans available within the YouVersion Bible App and the ESV Bible App. However, the following Bible reading plans are available as PDF downloads for easy printing.

The Discipleship Journal One-Year BRP

The Discipleship Journal One-Year BRP provides four readings for each day, two from the New Testament and two from the Old Testament. 

To prevent the frustration of falling behind and to provide some reflection time, each month consists of only 25 readings.

Available as PDF here.

Book-at-a-Time One-Year BRP

The Book-at-a-Time One-Year BRP provides two readings for each day. The first reading alternates between Old and New Testament books, giving you three or four chapters a day. The second reading takes you through a chapter or so of the wisdom literature and Isaiah. The Gospels are spread throughout the year.

To prevent the frustration of falling behind and to provide some reflection time, each month consists of only 25 readings.

Available as PDF here.

M’Cheyne One-Year BRP

The M’Cheyne One-Year BRP provides four readings for each day–two from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, and one from either the Psalms or the Gospels.

In one year, you’ll read the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice.

Available as PDF here (365 days) and here (by month).

M’Cheyne Two-Year BRP

Don Carson adapted the M’Cheyne One-Year BRP to be spread over two years.

Available as PDF here.

Others

The ESV has also curated several other printable BRPs:

  1. Daily Bible Reading Plan (365 days)
  2. Chronological Bible Reading Plan (365 days)
  3. M’Cheyne One-Year (365 days)
  4. Daily Light on the Daily Path (366 days)
  5. 6-Month New Testament (182 days)
  6. A Psalm a Day (150 days)
  7. A Proverb a Day (24 days)
  8. 30 Days in the New Testament (30 days)
  9. ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible (30 days)

Available as PDFs here.

Online Bible Study Resources

Bible Gateway

Read and research Scripture online in multiple languages and translations with advanced searching capabilities which allow you to find and compare particular passages in Scripture based on keywords phrases or Scripture reference.

Available at biblegateway.com.

ESV Global Study Bible

The ESV Global Study Bible is a free quality, accessible commentary alongside the biblical text.

Available at esv.org.

Knowable Word

Knowable Word helps readers experience the fullness and joy that comes from studying the Bible for themselves through the Inductive Bible Study method (also known as the OIA method for its three-step process of Observation, Interpretation, and Application).

Summary of the OIA method available here.

Details of the OIA method available here.

The Bible Project

The Bible Project produces amazingly creative videos that explain every book of the Bible, major theological themes of the gospel, and tips on how to read the Bible.

Available at thebibleproject.com/explore and youtube.com/thebibleproject.