Bible Month

According to 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.  You can celebrate Bible Month in July, or any other month that fits with your church schedule.

All your Bible Month resources will be available on this page from June 1, plus church packs will be posted then too. The church pack will include a DVD with ten different Good For Life testimony 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 in 2017. Available here.


The Bible: Good for Life

To help your church encourage Bible reading this Bible Month, we’ve developed a range of Good for Life resources. 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 two different Bible reading challenges.

Check out Good for Life…

Bible Month resources

2017 New Zealand Bible Reading Research

This random sample of the population tells us the percentage of New Zealanders that own a Bible, and how often it’s 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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Coming for Bible Month 2018 – Essentials Bible Reading Challenge

Last year more than 5,000 people participated in the Six Month Bible Reading Challenge. This year we’ve produced a new reading challenge with essential readings broken down into manageable 30 day chunks. The Essentials Bible Reading Challenge features six months of readings, broken down into 30 day sections. Start with 30 days in Genesis, then move onto Psalms and Proverbs. The second half of the challenge features 30 days with Jesus, then Acts and finally 30 days with Paul.

The Six Month Bible Reading Challenge

Coming for Bible Month 2018 – More inspiring Bible videos

We’ve created three new short films featuring everyday Kiwis and their journey with the Bible.  These will be available, along with the six existing short films on the DVD sent to churches on June 1, plus also on our YouTube channel.

Watch the videos

Coming soon for Bible Month 2018 – Sermon notes

We’re preparing some sermon notes on a passage from John 5. 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 2017 Bible Month sermon PDF version free Download 2017 Bible Month Sermon WORD version free

Coming soon for Bible Month 2018 – new Church posters

Want to make the message stick in your church? Then get one of our large A1 or A2  sized posters. There are three to choose from, with two new ones (A2 size) coming soon. The A1 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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Any month can be Bible Month. 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 Steve on smcrobie@biblesociety.org.nz