What is the Public Reading of Scripture?

The Public Reading of Scripture (PRS) is a biblical practice where groups read and listen to the Bible together.

PRS has four key pillars:


Revelation 1:3
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.


1 Timothy 4:13
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.


Psalm 1:2
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.

Whole Bible

Matthew 4:4
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” (Jesus quoting Deuteronomy 8:3)

How to do PRS

We recommend starting and ending by praying a Psalm. After praying a Psalm, read and listen to passages from both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

We also recommend using the Reading Plans in the PRS app to guide you through different books of the Bible. There are 20-minute, 30-minute, 45-minute, and 60-minute reading plans.

Pray a Psalm
Read Old Testament
Read New Testament
Pray a Psalm

How much of the Bible to read annually?

Old Testament

77 hours

1-2 times

New Testament

21 hours

2-3 times


6 hours

2-3 times

That equals 2.5–4 hours per week or 125–225 hours per year!


Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.
Hebrews 1:1-2

The Public Reading of Scripture App

With built-in reading plans, embedded videos, and high-quality production, this app makes the public reading of Scripture easier than ever before.

Experience a virtual public reading of Scripture by joining one of our weekly groups via Zoom.