Challenge yourself, and your church – take one of our six month Bible reading challenges!
What better way to encourage regular Bible reading than to take a challenge together? The Six Month Bible Challenge and the brand new Essentials Bible Reading Challenge will challenge you and your friends to find space in your busy day to engage with God through the Bible. Just finding the time to pray and read the Bible can be a challenge, so committing to these reading plans will help you build a habit of doing this.
There are two reading challenges available, both taking six months to complete. Each however can be broken down into 30 day chunks, so you don’t need to do six months all at once.
Six months through some of the Bible’s essential passages
New for 2018, the Essentials Bible reading challenge will take you on a journey through six months of readings in selected passages – almost like a mini-highlights package. This plan starts with 30 days of readings in Genesis followed by 30 days in the Psalms and 30 days in Proverbs. The second half features 30 days of readings about Jesus (from the Gospels), 30 days in Acts and then finally 30 days with Paul through some of his letters.
The entire New Testament in six months
Here’s an easy way to read through the entire New Testament in short daily readings – just one or two chapters a day, for 182 days. This is a great opportunity to deepen your relationship with God through daily Bible reading.
If you’d like to, at the end of the challenge you can fill in the form below and we’ll send you a completion certificate.
To order your packs of six month reading plans, email us or call 0800 424 253.
A Nelson Anglican Church gets creative with the challenge!
Brightwater Community Anglican Church in Nelson (pictured right) is using social media to build a community around the Six Month Bible Reading Challenge. They’ve created a facebook Messenger group and send out each day’s scripture reading in the mornings. Rev. Martin Harrison says, “Once they have read it they can make a 1 to 5 word comment about the reading. Some have used emoji or stickers in response. Everyone gets to see the responses and this encourages engagement.”
Brightwater Community Anglican has been doing this for a month, and Rev. Harrison says it’s led to some great discussions.
Have you finished the six month Bible reading challenge? Fancy a flash certificate? Just fill in this form and we’ll send one to you. (This service is only available to New Zealand residents).
If you’re a church leader, and have a list of people who have completed the challenge together, you can email us the list and we’ll send you the certificates all together.
Try these tips to help you with the Six Month Bible Reading Challenges
PRAY – ask God to help you understand what you’re about to read.
READ AND LISTEN – read the passage slowly and carefully. Think about the parts that stand out for you. Read those verses again.
THINK / REFLECT – ask yourself some questions:
• What’s the main point of the passage?
• What does it say about God? Does it say anything about
what God wants for me?
• Is there something I need to learn? Is there an example to follow, or a warning? Is God giving me a promise?
• How does God want me to respond in my thoughts, words and actions?
WRITE / JOURNAL – it’s also good to write down your thoughts and the verses that really stood out for you in a journal so you can look back on what you’ve learned.
PRAISE – thank God for his Word and what you’ve learned today. If you find your Bible hard to understand, have a look at some advice on finding an easier to read Bible.