Bible Month

The Bible was written for the whole community of God’s people.

While it’s important to read the Bible for ourselves, it’s also important we read it together in community. Reading it together allows people to see things from a different perspective, and encourage each other in the faith. It also helps people hear collectively from God about what he is saying and doing in their community.

Our Bible Month 2019 resources focus on encouraging people to open the Bible together.

We’ve developed a comprehensive Bible resource for small groups. It’s called LYFE, and it’s completely free.

In partnership with Scripture Union, we’re also making available an inter-generational service that will encourage children and adults to dig into the Bible together. We’ve also made available some sermon notes and a new Bible Reading Challenge.

If you want to remind your church of the power of reading the Bible, then look no further than Dave’s story (pictured). Dave was a regular at a number of New Zealand prisons before meeting Jesus. Since then, the Bible has been something he just could never live without. Dave’s story is coming soon.

We hope your church will celebrate the Bible this July. We’re here to help, so please get in touch with us if you’d like to speak to someone about Bible Month.

Church leaders

For church leaders – your 2019 Bible Month pack will be mailed to you on June 1. By then, all the resources will also be available on this website.

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.

Book a speaker

Fill in the form below if you’d like someone from Bible Society to visit your church or organisation. We’ll do our best to make someone available for you.

Bible Month resources (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 six 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

More inspiring testimony videos

We’ve created three new short films featuring everyday Kiwis and their journey with the Bible.  These are now available to play in your church, along with the six already released short testimony films.

Watch the videos

Sermon notes

We’ve prepared some sermon notes that reference John 5:36-40. Clearly, there is a way of reading, studying and memorising the words of the Bible which can completely (as the Message paraphrase puts it) “miss the forest for the trees.” That is, to be so focused on the words of the Bible that we miss the bigger picture… 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 what you need.

Download the pdf

Wall posters

Want to make the message stick in your church? Then get one of our large A1 or A2  sized posters. There are six to choose from, with two new ones (A2 size). The posters are $9.99 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

Ten tips for better public Bible reading

The Bible is read at some point in almost every church service. Reading the Bible can be and should be, a high point in the service. After all, the Bible is an important way in which God speaks! Here are some simple tips to help readers and hearers to understand Bible readings better.

Download the pdf

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.

Read more

Latest 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.

Read more

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