Challenge yourself, and your church – take our six month Bible reading challenge!
What better way to encourage regular Bible reading than to take a challenge together? The Six Month 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 this reading plan will help you build a habit of doing this.
There are two versions of the reading challenges available, both taking six months to complete. Each however can be broken down into one month 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 2019, the Six Month Bible Reading Challenge will take you on a journey through readings in selected passages – almost like a mini-highlights package. In this Bible reading challenge you will be taken through a selection of Bible readings about Old Testament characters and their stories. There are two versions (adult and youth), both containing the same material.
If you'd like to, at the end of the challenge you can fill in the form in the "Completion Certificate" tab and we’ll send you a completion certificate.
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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.
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.
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.