In 2019, we’re encouraging Gateway Downtown members and friends to read the Bible together. If you haven’t yet, you might want to read Pastor Chris’s letter to the congregation. Below are some resources.

The Plan

The plan is a slightly modified version of a plan developed by Robert Murray M’Cheyne in 19th C. Scotland. It takes you through the New Testament and Psalms twice in the year and the rest of the Old Testament once by reading about four chapters a day. If that seems like too much, you can cut that in half and do the reading over two years.

You can download a print copy of the plan here.


It’s helpful to have an app on your phone when you’re on the go. Here are three good ones, all of which have the ability to subscribe to this plan:

On YouVersion, search for a plan called “M’Cheyne.” On the other two apps, you can connect directly with Gateway’s plan.


Part of the value of doing a Bible plan as a church is to spur conversations around the Bible. To that end, here are three great ways to engage with others:

  1. Start a discipling relationship with another Christian.

  2. Join a Growth Group.

  3. Connect with our church on Faithlife Communities.

This last one integrates tightly with the Faithlife Study Bible and Logos Bible Study Apps so that we can read the plan together. There is also an app for Faithlife Communities (iOS | Android). Hopefully the use of this platform can allow a broader range of conversations and study to happen.


Helpfully, New Testament scholar Don Carson has written two devotional guides for the plan we are working through. For each day, he writes a one-page reflection on the significance of one of the four passages. These are available in print from Amazon (Volume 1, Volume 2). However, they are also available for free as PDFs from The Gospel Coalition (Volume 1, Volume 2). You can read these as is or import them into your favorite book-reading app. Here are some guides: