We attend Blackhawk Church and this year we are working through the entire Bible as one large church community in a challenge called:
Blackhawk’s vision: “By reading the Bible every day, our hope is that we’ll become a people who are shaped by the Scriptures – people who are marked by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
I am incredibly excited!
There is an online reading guide, a 5 minute video to give an overview of how to read each book of the Bible, as well as a weekly reading guide for the chapters that are scheduled for reading that week. Each day is only a couple chapters and one psalm! There aren’t really going to be topical sermon “series,” instead the teaching pastors are going to speak on what was Bread the week before/after and expand on what the congregation has hopefully already read on their own or what they are going to be reading this coming week. For many people, reading the Bible can be intimidating and overwhelming, breaking it down into readable chunks (with the accountability of a whole church family doing it together) and knowing that those chapters are going to be relevant each Sunday, makes it really motivating to stick to the reading plan!
This year’s plan is to EAT THIS BOOK (follow the link for additional details, online sermons, the weekly reading guide, etc.)! You can find this past Sunday’s sermon (January 1st) here; this was obviously the first Sermon of the year-long, Bible reading game plan, so if you’d like to follow along, that is a great place to start.
It is only day 5, so there is definitely still time to get caught up (however, people are certainly welcome to join in at any point throughout the journey) or just simply pick up with today’s readings and go back at some point.
Another cool suggestion I received was writing down a key passage or concept that jumps out at me each day. My plan is to print out each week’s reading guide and write out my thoughts from each day’s reading on the back. By the end of the year, I should have 52 pages that reflect this year’s journey through God’s Word.
My prayer is that our family faithfully reads God’s Word, that we grow closer to the Lord as we learn more of His Character and that the Lord leads all those participating in this challenge!