We believe that one of the most important things that individuals can do to deepen their faith is to read God's Word, but we also know that many people have trouble understanding the Bible when they read it on their own, and that discourages them from continuing. With this in view, we want to do something different to help people within our church family to engage with the Scriptures.
We are going to foster a church-wide Bible reading experience through the New Testament early in 2020, and we are going to host weekly "book club" like discussions in small groups all across our community. We will all be using a naturally formatted Bible (no chapter or verse numbers), read the same text each week, and then gather with 8-10 other folks to have an unmediated discussion about what we have read.
HOW IT WORKS
A Bible Made for Reading
The Reading Bible is a unique six-volume Bible. The text is laid out in a beautiful single-column setting with chapters, verses, section headings, and footnotes removed, and with the content of each book displayed according to its literary genre.
Your church will use this unique reading Bible to read through large portions of the Bible eight weeks at a time
Once a week, community groups will engage in simple “book club” style conversations.
Your church will engage the Scriptures freely using 4 questions:
1. What stood out to you this week?
2. Was there anything confusing or troubling?
3. Did anything make you think differently about God?
4. How might this change the way we live?