The Essential 100 Bible Stories in a Reading Plan

Years ago, this valuable Bible reading plan was posted on the YouVersion Bible app. The content is incredibly relevant and useful, because the Essential 100 Bible Reading plan guides its reader through 100 essential Bible stories that make the Bible more understandable without reading every single word, because some parts of the Bible can honestly be harder to read than others.

Essential 100 Challenge – Bible Reading Plan

The Essential 100 Challenge (E100) helps you get an overview of the Bible… without getting bogged down. The Plan guides you through 50 Old Testament passages and 50 New Testament passages — The Essential 100 — so you can see the big picture of God’s Word, and form a daily Bible reading habit in the process. E100 is an achievable way to have a “through the Bible” experience; it’s the Bible reading plan people love to complete. (100 days) Read it in the YouVersion Bible app or at

What is the Essential 100?

Former Scripture Union President Whitney T. Kuniholm longed for a way to connect his kids to the Bible. He started developing a short list of “essential passages” for them to read. That list continued to expand to 100 passages that tell the grand narrative and message of God’s Word.

The Essential 100 core material has grown into an incredible suite of life changing study material for all ages, including the Essential Jesus and the Essential Question, youth study guides, daily reading guides and more.

Buy E100 resources from Scripture Union.

And this description is mirrored from the YouVersion blog from 2010:

We’re incredibly excited to introduce a new reading plan to our awesome YouVersion users: The Essential 100 Challenge. It’s the 23rd addition to our diverse list of Bible reading plans, and has some great features that will help individuals benefit from their Bible reading time.

The Essential 100 Challenge is “built around 100 carefully selected Bible passages – 50 from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament. It enables [you] to get the big picture of God’s Word and in the process develop a daily Bible reading habit.” The topical, guided nature of The Essential 100 Challenge brings a unique approach to the lineup of YouVersion reading plans.

We’re thankful to Scripture Union for providing The Essential 100 Challenge and helping us make it available to the YouVersion community. Many people have recommended this plan after following it, so if you’re one of those folks feel free to leave a comment below telling us a little about your experience with The Essential 100 Challenge.


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