Bible Month

According to 2017 Bible reading research, 37% of Christians in New Zealand over 13 read the Bible at least weekly.*

We want to see all Christians regularly engaging with the Bible. That’s what New Zealand Bible Month is all about.

We’ve produced a range of resources to help encourage Bible reading in your church.  Plus, during Bible Month 2017 we’ll release the latest New Zealand Bible reading research that will paint a picture of just how important the Bible is to all New Zealanders.

Mark July in your 2017 calendar as New Zealand Bible Month.  All your Bible Month resources are now available on this page, plus church packs have been posted to churches and include a DVD with the Bible Month videos.

If you’ve got questions about how your church can be involved, we’d love to chat with you.  Call us on 0800 424 253 to speak to one of our team.

*Research undertaken for Bible Society by Nielsen.


The Bible: Good for Life

To help your church encourage Bible reading this Bible Month, we’ve developed the Good for Life initiative. Good for Life is all about equipping Christians with the tools they need to ensure the Bible remains an important part of their faith. Our Good for Life resources include study guides, posters, videos and a six month Bible reading challenge.

Check out Good for Life…

Bible Month 2017 resources

2017 New Zealand Bible Reading Research

This random sample of the population will tell us the percentage of New Zealanders that own a Bible, and how often it is read.  We’ll also find out how often Christians read the Bible and whether or not it influences their everyday life.

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Six Month Bible Challenge

What better way to get into the Bible than to take a challenge together? The Six Month Bible Reading Challenge will help guide people in reading through the whole New Testament in six months. You can use the reading plan individually, in small groups or as a whole church.

Find out more

Inspiring Bible videos

We’ve also created a series of inspiring videos to encourage your church to read the Bible.  The Bible is foundational to the Christian faith and needs to be a core part of the Christian journey.  These videos feature real-life stories of how the Bible impacts us.

Watch the videos

Sermon notes

We’ve prepared some sermon notes on the Parable of the Sower from Matthew 13. These notes are designed to help you prepare a sermon for Bible Month  that will challenge and encourage your congregation. Feel free to cut and paste whatever you find useful to shape your own sermon.

Download PDF version free Download WORD version free

Children’s resources

Do you want to encourage the children in your church to get into the Bible? This Bible Month five week session plan especially for children’s ministry includes activities, key Scripture verses and discussion questions. Plus, for Bible Month 2017, there is a very special offer to get a free copy of The Big Little Bible for your church.

Check out the resources

Church posters

Want to make the message stick in your church? Then get one (or all three!) of these giant A1 sized posters. There are three to choose from and will not go unnoticed on any church wall! These posters are $6 each (plus shipping) and are a great reminder to others of the importance the Bible should have in their faith journey.

Check out the posters

Small group resources

There are four different small group Bible studies available for free download. These include a study through the Gospel of Luke for youth, plus some fresh and creative new studies through Exodus, 1 Timothy and the Parables in Matthew. These are all available as pdf documents and there are some explanatory notes to help you.

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Bible Month packs were sent to churches in early June.  If you have any questions, or would like to speak to someone about celebrating Bible Month in your church, give us a call on
0800 424 253 or email neels@biblesociety.org.nz