Read the Bible in 2019
January 11, 2019 to January 19, 2019
7:00pm – 7:00pmCoordinator: Brian McDonnell
From Saturday January 12 through Saturday January 19, we invite you to join us in reading through the entire Bible together. You can sign up for one or more 20 minute reading times during the week.
Why are we doing this? There are quite a few reasons:
Celebrating the gift of God's word in our language
In 2018, Covenant Community Church raised funds for Faith Comes By Hearing, enabling them to produce a new audio recording of the Bible into the heart language of the Dendi people in Benin, a tiny country in West Africa. In a culture where many of the tribal people are illiterate, the Bible in audio form will be a powerful tool for sharing the gospel and discipling young believers.
Reading the Bible together in our language seems to be an appropriate offering of praise to God for the privilege we have enjoyed for years and now hope to share with others around the world.
Affirming the word of God as the foundation of our faith. Proclaiming the whole counsel of God
The grass withers, the flower fades,but the word of our God will stand forever. -- Isaiah 40:8
I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. -- Psalm 138:2
Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. -- Acts 20:26-27
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God[b] may be complete, equipped for every good work. -- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
When we read the Bible through from cover to cover, we affirm that all of Scripture is God-breathed and useful. We may better see how the entirety of Scripture fits together. We also grapple with difficult passages (that we might otherwise have avoided) and grow in our own understanding.
Seeking the Lord for 2019
...that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. -- Deut 8:3
At pivotal times in Israel's history (2 Kings 23, for example), the word of God was publicly read to the people. At times, this came after years of neglect and was a catalyst for repentance, reformation, and renewal. God speaks through His word, but in the busyness of life and amid 21st century distractions, do we take time to listen? Coming away to the chapel to read offers you a chance for a mini-retreat where you leave behind daily distractions and seek the Lord in a place that is uniquely dedicated to worship. We pray that the Lord will meet and direct you here.
Encouraging others to read through the Bible
Most of the reading will be streamed live on the CCC website, Facebook, and Boxcast. This offers a unique opportunity for you to read the Bible with family and friends who cannot be here for the event. You are not reading alone, as others will be listening in and reading along. Please use this unique opportunity to invite your friends to read along with you and commit to reading the Bible through in 2019 themselves!
Creating a memory. Leaving a legacy
This is the first new year for Saint Andrew's Chapel. We pray that for years to come, the chapel will be a place where people meet the Lord and are transformed by His word. When you join in, you will have a chance to record your name along with the others who first read from the new pulpit Bible in the inaugural year in the chapel. We hope that record of names will be kept as a list of those who came together to dedicate the chapel to the word of God and to the God of His word. Years from now, when you return to the chapel with your family, you will remember being part of first through-the-Bible reading held in this place.
How is this going to work?
According to Crossway, a person can read through the entire Bible in only 74 hours. We're allowing for more like 96 hours just in case. Sign up for one or more 20 minute time slots to read. Then be sure to put it on your calendar and show up! The Bible will be open to the place where the person before you left off. We are dividing the Scripture into eight daily sections so that the reading stays on pace. We may need a few brave stalwart readers who can read on into the evening if we fall behind. If you'd be available for extra reading at night, please let us know.
Who is invited to participate?
Members and regular attenders of Covenant Community Church, along with the staff, students, volunteers, alumni, and current and former Camp Arrowwood staff will be the first invited to read. We want as many people to participate as possible. At the same time, considering the safety and security of the students at the Ranch, we cannot make this a completely public invitation. Ranch staff will be available in the chapel and/or dining hall during the public reading hours.
What if I'm not a strong reader or have young chidren? Should we participate?
This could be a thorny question. On one hand, we want as many as possible to join in. At the same time, we have to consider the listeners and be sure they can follow along without distraction. Suggestions:
1) Pick a time when the content will be easier to read. The New Testament or Psalms will generally be easier than Leviticus or a long list of genealogies with hard-to-pronounce names.
2) Bring a friend who you know is a strong reader and divide the reading with them. If you stumble, invite your friend to take over. Together, you'll both be able to participate. Young children can read just a few verses, then let an adult or older child pick up where they leave off. You don't have to read for the entire twenty minutes if you have someone to share the time with.
What if I don't want to be on video?
If you don't want to be streamed on video, that is fine. We can switch the video feed to a placeholder screen where only your voice is heard.
The Bible Project has a collection of fast paced, tremendous videos that introduce various books of the Bible and highlight the key themes. This video collection can really help orient you as you plan for your reading.
Crossway produced an info-graphic showing the amount of time it takes to read various books of the Bible, through several different reading plans, and then compares it to the amount of time we often spend each day on other things like Facebook, television, hobbies, etc. It is eye opening!