We want to be a community that encourages one another in Scripture.
So often, with the busyness of life it can be easy to feel ashamed for ‘not keeping up’ with a reading plan. Can we give you permission to not be ashamed?! Below we have some reading plans for everyone – some are sizeable chunks of Scripture, others are more bitesize.
The Bible in one year.
New Testament/Psalms in one year.
Lectio 365 (devotional)
Bible Study methods
There are lots of good ways to read the Scriptures, inspired by good men and women of God. There is no shame in “not knowing how” to study the Bible. We, and our community are here to help! But here are a couple of frameworks:
Tips for enjoying Scripture
Quality, not quantity
The Bible is meditation literature. This means it’s meant to make us think, not just consume information (which is primarily how we’re taught to read in the ‘modern west’). As we meditate and reflect, it changes us. So, if you need to, take your time. Reflect. Enjoy.
Not a reader?
Fear not! For the first 1,500 years of the church, most Christians we unable to read Scripture for a few reasons. You can download the FREE Bible App and have Scripture read to you each day. We love the NIV read by David Suchet. Silky!
Doesn't make sense?
We’d encourage you to try the Read Scripture app. It includes super helpful videos by the Bible Project (whom we love!). You have a piece of daily reading interspersed with those videos.
Read in community
The Bible was originally, almost exclusively read as a communal activity. Why not find 2-3 people of the same sex and form a ‘Huddle’ where you can read together, support one another and share your lives together?
Want to go deeper?
There is a ton of great content you’ll find on the web. Podcasts, apps etc. Remember, don’t replace your local church with a podcast or app! But, we would recommend the Bible Project if you want to go deeper with Scripture.
ADapt our previous summer reading plans:
From summer 2022 [6 weeks]
From summer 2023 [9 weeks]
Reading Around Colossians
From September 2023 [1 week]
There are a variety of Bible apps with various Bible reading plans. Here are just a few of our favourites.
Combines a daily reading plan with videos guides from the Bible Project.
Lectio For Families
Designed to help families engage with Scripture through conversation and prayer.
App-based reading plan that helps your read through the Bible every day.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
Led by Nicky Gumbel, with versions for young people too!
The Bible App
Free, packed full of tools, translations and reading plans for you to try.
Go deeper into the big story
We believe the Bible is most clearly understood as a unified story that ultimately leads to Jesus, and tells us about who we are in light of this story. Here are a couple of books we think can really help you wrestle with how to read the Bible. The Bible is not a book – it’s a library of varied literature with one grand narrative.
The Drama of Scripture
Breaks the story of Scripture into a few ‘Acts’, like a play and invites us into that story.
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
The authors invite us in to the different types of literature in the Bible, and gives some great insight in to how to, and how not to, handle them!