As a church we want to respond to the challenge of growing in our relationship with God this year. One way that we can do that is to intentionally engage with God through his word – The Bible.
You may never have read your Bible on a regular basis, or even at all or perhaps you’ve been reading it regularly for years, either way there is always something new to discover when we intentionally read God’s word and invite the Holy Spirit to join us!
Some of you will already use Bible reading notes, or are following a similar scheme to ensure you get a daily dose of truth. That’s brilliant – keep going!
For the rest of us, there is a great resource produced by Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) called the Bible in One Year, which we would highly recommend. Each day is split into 3 readings from the New Testament, the Old Testament and the Psalms/Proverbs, with a separate commentary provided by Nicky Gumbel. A small investment of time each day in reading God’s word will be an important part of our growth this year.
Why not commit to taking the Bible in One Year challenge with us? Starting on the 1st February undertake to follow the daily reading each day for the next 12 months. You can do this alone, as a couple or as families
How do I get involved?
- Subscribe to the daily email, with the bible passage and links to the commentary http://www.htb.org/bioy
- Download the Bible in One Year (BiOY) app, to your mobile phone or tablet which comes with bible passages and commentary all in one place http://www.htb.org/bioy
- If you don’t have internet access, then you can follow the plan in the booklet we have prepared, available from the info desk, the only drawback is that you won’t get the commentary notes.
We would love to hear your stories and testimonies throughout the year as God speaks to you as you journey through his word, so please tell us and/or post something on social media using #OG_BiOY.
Let’s get God’s word trending?!
Helpful Tips for using the Bible in One Year
- Try and set a regular time to read and pray. Establishing a rhythm is always best for forming healthy habits. Consider whether you are a mornings person or whether you burn the midnight oil when you make your decision!
- There’s quite a lot to read, but make the main focus the Bible and not the commentary, if you’re finding it too much try just doing the new Testament or New Testament and Psalms/Proverbs sections
- If reading is not your thing, by accessing the BiOY via the app, you can have it read to you – just sit back and listen with a cup of coffee or listen whilst on the way to work/school
- If you get behind, don’t feel you need to try to catch up. You can if you want but it’s probably best to pick up with the reading for the current day.
- We are doing this for our sake and nor for God’s sake. Reading the bible is not a religious exercise, but a relational one
- A useful tool to use as you read the Bible is “SOAP”:
S = Scripture Write down / type the verse or verses that stuck out to you in your reading.
O= Observation What did you observe about the scripture that struck you? This can be one sentence or a whole book.
A = Application How can you apply the observation so that it affects your life today?
P = Prayer Write out a prayer to God based on what you just learned and ask him to help you apply this truth in your life