In 2021 we focused on The Whole Story by encouraging our members to read the entire Bible throughout the year, some perhaps for the first time. In 2022, we want to encourage everyone to repeat their reading journey of The Whole Story. This page contains resources to help you. Links to the sermon series is available for you. You'll also find other resources, including multiple Bible reading plans for you to choose from.
Here are some things to help you create consistency and to regroup when you get behind.
- Creating healthy habits takes time, patience, and planning. Make a plan for consistency that is slightly outside your normal pattern of behavior.
- Designate a specific time and space for you to do your Bible reading each day.
- Set a timer. Most people can read through the entire Bible in as little as 10 minutes a day. Time yourself to create a bench mark, then read for a time period slightly longer. Not only does this give you a cushion if you miss a day, but at the end of each week you should be ahead.
- Don't stress if you get behind. Make a clean cut and skip ahead to rejoin the schedule.
This is a great resource that gives you daily Bible reading recaps. If you've missed a few days, you can listen to the corresponding episodes to catch up. You can also use this daily with your Bible reading as a way to get quick background information and insight to the scriptures you recently read.
EPISODES ARE NO MORE THAN 10 MINUTES LONG
Ways to listen:
The YouVersion Bible App is the #1 Bible app for Andriod and iPhone. With over 455 million installs worldwide, YouVersion offers over 2000 Bible versions in 1,372 languages. This app is free and without ads, thanks to generous donors that support the mission of YouVersion.
In addition to offering any translation you would like to read, many of the most popular translations have professional narration available. This app can track your progress and send you notifications to remind you to do your daily reading. You can even connect with others who have the app installed for accountability. YouVersion also has a kids version of their app for little children.
To download the app, search for the Bible App by YouVersion in your app store, or click the links below.
Everyone should have a good study Bible. Study Bibles are filled with commentary notes, cross references, maps, and more, which explain and provide scholarly insight into the scriptures. As you are reading through the Bible in 2021, there may be passages to which you'd like a little more explanation. Your pastors are ready and willing to help you with these questions. However, a good study Bible might give you those answers quickly and satisfactorily. Remember, commentary work is the result of human scholarship, and as such it is not infallible. What you find in a study Bible should not be treated as scripture, and it is okay to disagree with another person's interpretation. If you have any concerns or questions always contact your pastors.
Below are a few study Bibles that are recommended by your pastors. If you'd like to preview one of theirs, feel free to ask.
The ESV Study Bible ranks at the top of the list of the most comprehensive study Bibles ever published. It was created by an outstanding team of 95 leading Bible scholars and teachers from 9 countries, nearly 20 denominations, and 50 seminaries, colleges, and universities. The ESV Study Bible features a wide array of study tools equivalent to a 20-volume Bible resource library, making it an invaluable resource for serious readers, students, and teachers of God's Word.
To inspire you to grow in your understanding and love for God’s Word, the CSB Study Bible, includes an award-winning array of study resources including over 16,000 study notes, tools, and word studies—each tool presented on the same page as the verses it refers to. Whether you are preparing for future Bible studies or daily readings, this study Bible for men and women is the ideal resource for lifelong discipleship.
The MacArthur Study Bible is perfect for serious study. Dr. John MacArthur has compiled more than 20,000 study notes, and numerous charts, maps, outlines, and articles to create The MacArthur Study Bible. No other study Bible does such a thorough job of explaining the historical context, unfolding the meaning of the text, and placing it within a theological framework. It also has an abridged topical index and an NASB concordance.
Available in NKJV, ESV, NASB, and NIV.