Come Follow Me Reading Schedule: New Testament

21 March 2023

This reading schedule takes the weekly reading assignments from the Come Follow Me scripture study program‘s table of contents and puts them into a weekly chapter checklist, lined up side-by-side with a calendar that shows which week those chapters are read. This allows you to check off both the chapters and the days as you read. It can be especially helpful to see at a glance whether the week’s reading has many chapters or few, to pace yourself.

Come Follow Me Reading Schedule: New Testament
(Small / One-page)

StoryGuide Scriptures reading chart, Book of Mormon 2024

I’ve also enlarged it into a two-page version (you can thank my Mom for the nudge). 

Come Follow Me Reading Schedule: New Testament
(Large / Two-page)

StoryGuide Scriptures reading chart, Book of Mormon 2024

The calendar’s dark grey days indicate on which Sundays wards will hold Sunday school classes (the first and third Sundays of every month). The alternating bands of grey and white show which weekly assignments will be combined and taught together in a single lesson, during each of those Sunday School class sessions. For example, during the week of Aug. 21–27, the reading is 1 Cor. 1–7. During the next week of Aug. 28–Sep. 3, the reading is 1 Cor. 8–13. Sunday school will not be held Aug. 27 (a fourth Sunday of the month), but it will be held Sep. 3 (because it’s a first Sunday of the month). During that class session, the teacher should cover the reading assignments for the previous two weeks, or 1 Cor. 1–13.

Structure of the New Testament Books

Note that most chapter numbers are colored according to the stated author:

  • Matthew
  • Mark
  • Luke 
  • John
  • Paul

These same colors are used for other books written by that author. I.e., the chapter numbers for Acts are also green, because Luke wrote Acts. The chapter numbers for the letters of John and the book of Revelation are also blue, because John wrote those books. The chapter numbers for the letters of Peter are yellow like the gospel of Mark, because there is a fairly strong tradition that Mark was the personal assistant of Peter, and thus Mark’s gospel may have included a lot of input from Peter during its composition. Hebrews is not shaded purple because it’s uncertain whether Paul wrote it; for one thing, the book itself never claims Paul as its author. The remaining two authors (the brothers James and Jude) are left white. 

Also note that this is the same color scheme used in the StoryGuide Scriptures Reading Chart for the New Testament to show the same authorship information. The StoryGuide charts also go further to portray the higher-level divisions between books, as well as a couple levels deeper into the structure of some larger books.

Conclusion

Note that in parts of the world where they don’t meet on Sundays, they’ll have to tweak this schedule somewhat.

We’ve been instructed, of course, that the reading schedule is flexible and is only a general guide. A reading schedule like this can be helpful, though, so people can pace themselves and know in advance which passages will be likely be discussed during any given Sunday school class session.

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