Goals for a New Year

Here are some resources for pursuing your goals this year:

Spiritual Goals

1.  Read the Bible daily.  Here are some reading plans.

5 Day Bible Reading Program

Read through the Bible in a year with readings five days a week.  Duration: 1 year

5 Day Bible Reading Program

52 Week Bible Reading Plan

Read through the Bible in a year with each day of the week dedicated to a different genre: epistles, the law, history, Psalms, poetry, prophecy, and Gospels. Duration: 1 year

52 Week Bible Reading Plan

5 x 5 x 5 New Testament Bible Reading Plan

Read through the New Testament in a year, reading Monday to Friday. Weekends are set aside for reflection and other reading. Especially beneficial if you’re new to a daily discipline of Bible reading.  Duration: 1 year

5 x 5 x 5 New Testament Bible Reading Plan

Foundations New Testament Plan

Another way to read through the New Testament, reading Monday through Friday.  Weekends are for reflection and memorization.  Duration: 260 days.

Foundations New Testament–260 Day Bible Reading Plan for Busy Believers

A Bible Reading Chart

Read through the Bible at your own pace. Use this minimalistic yet beautifully designed chart to track your reading throughout the year.  Duration: flexible.

A Bible Reading Chart

Chronological Bible Reading Plan

Read through the Bible in the order the events occurred chronologically.  Duration: 1 year.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan

The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan

Four daily readings beginning in Genesis, Psalms, Matthew and Acts.  Duration: 1 year.

The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan

ESV Daily Bible Reading Plan

Four daily readings taken from four lists: Psalms and wisdom literature, Pentateuch and history of Israel, Chronicles and prophets, and Gospels and epistles.  Duration: 1 year.

ESV Daily Bible Reading Plan

Every Word in the Bible

Read through the Bible one chapter at a time. Readings alternate between the Old and New Testaments.  Duration: 3 years.

Every Word in the Bible (3 year plan)

Historical Bible Reading Plan

The Old Testament readings are similar to Israel’s Hebrew Bible, and the New Testament readings are an attempt to follow the order in which the books were authored.  Duration: 1 year.

Historical Bible Reading Plan

Professor Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System

Reading ten chapters a day, in the course of a year you’ll read the Gospels four times, the Pentateuch twice, Paul’s letters four to five times, the Old Testament wisdom literature six times, the Psalms at least twice, Proverbs and Acts a dozen times, and the Old Testament history and prophetic books about one and a half times.  Duration: Ongoing

Professor Horner’s Bible Reading Plan

Robert Murray M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan

This is a popular plan.  Read the New Testament and Psalms twice and the Old Testament once.  Duration: 1 or 2 years.

Robert Murray McCheyne’s Bible Reading Calendar

Straight Through the Bible Reading Plan

Read straight through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  Duration: 1 year.

Straight through the Bible Reading Plan

Tabletalk Bible Reading Plan

Two readings each day, one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament.  Duration: 1 year.

Tabletalk Bible Reading Plan

The Legacy Reading Plan

This plan does not have set readings for each day. Instead, it has set books for each month and a set number of Proverbs and Psalms for each week. It aims to give you more flexibility while grounding you in specific books of the Bible.  Duration: 1 year.

The Legacy Reading Plan

Two-Year Bible Reading Plan

Read the Old and New Testaments once and Psalms and Proverbs four times.  Duration: 2 years.

Two-Year Bible Reading Plan


2.  Pray daily.

I would encourage you to download the PrayerMate app on your phone.


3.  For other spiritual disciplines, here is a book by David Mathis: Habits of Grace, David Mathis


Physical goals

1.   It is important to get regular exercise.

Six-Week Beginner Walking Plan, American Heart Association

2.   It is important to eat nutritionally.

Healthy Food for Life

3.   It is important to get regular check-ups from your doctor.


Relational Goals

1.   Make a new friend this year.

2.   Reconcile with someone who hurt you.

3.   Join a small group.

Guys, if you need help making conversation with your wife, here is Brad Hambrick’s 240 Marital Conversations.  240 Marital Conversations, Brad Hambrick

And here is a Healthy Relationship Checklist:  Healthy Relationship Checklist

Financial Goals

1.   Develop a budget.

2.   Get out of debt.

3.   Save some from each paycheck.

4.   Give generously.

Here are some helpful tools from Dave Ramsey:

Quick Start Budget, Dave Ramsey

Recommended Percentages, Dave Ramsey

Allocated Spending Plan, Dave Ramsey

Debt Snowball, Dave Ramsey


Emotional Goals

Guard your heart.  Pay attention to what you are thinking and how you feel.

Guys, if you have trouble naming your feelings, try the Feelings Inventory

I would encourage everyone to take the EHS Personal Assessment, Bird and Scazzero.


Mental Goals

Develop a reading plan.  Find some good books to read this year.  Plan to read 20-30 pages a day, at least.

Listen to podcasts (not just sports).  Take a seminary course on YouTube.

Find a mentor.



I hope this sparks some creative effort on your part to become a “new you in the new year.”  I desire that in my life and yours that we would see observable progress in our lives spiritually, physically, relationally, financially, emotionally and mentally.

For anyone who wants to read the sermon behind this blog post…

New Year, New You, Lamar Austin

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Lamar Austin

I've graduated from Citadel Bible College in Ozark, Arkansas, with a B. A. Then got my M. Div. and Th. M. at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, MD. I finished with a D. Min. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, but keep on learning. I pastored at Chinese Christian Church of Greater Washington, D. C., was on staff at East Evangelical Free Church in Wichita, KS, tried to plant an EFC in Little Rock, before moving back home to Mena, where I now pastor my home church, Grace Bible Church

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