If you haven’t started already, you’re one day behind in a year’s worth of Bible readings.
Prince Albert’s First Baptist Church is one of many churches encouraging their congregations to take part in daily Bible reading schedules this year.
“I think people will be strengthened and blessed by reading through the scripture,” Rev. Michael Engbers said. “It’s a natural time to start something like this.”
So far, he counts about 50 people having accepted reading packages from the church, which outlines three different ways to take in the Bible this year.
A family reading package has people read 20 verses per day, five days per week. Another package has people reading one chapter per day, while the most ambitious package has people read through the entire Bible with a unique chronological twist.
“Since the Bible’s not a chronological book … it takes different passages and puts them together in a historic context, so you get a little more sense in how the different scriptures fit together and how it fits into history,” Engbers said.
“It gives a little better flow in the series of events and how some of the other scriptures fit into that.”
With the framework of how people look at the world determined by what they see, read and absorb in other capacities, throwing the Bible into the mix is important, he said.
“I think there are a lot of things in this world that will distract us … so it’s just saying let’s challenge ourselves to make scripture part of our daily routine and part of our practices and habits as a way of keeping that focus.”
I think people will be strengthened and blessed by reading through the scripture. - Prince Albert First Baptist Church Rev. Michael Engbers
In today’s world of “complications and brokenness and struggle, heartache, and a lot of confusion,” Engbers noted that scripture provides a better framework of how to see the world.
“I think the scripture has a lot about who God wants us to be and how he wants us to live in the world,” he said.
There are many ways that people can experience the Bible, including children’s versions, the New Living Translation, and if you’re able to read it, the King James version.
A newer version, called The Story, reads more as a modern-day novel than it does a Bible.
“We wouldn’t quite consider it a Bible, but it does give some sense of the story,” Engbers explained.
Whipping out his iPad, Engbers has even downloaded an application, which reminds him daily of which passages to read in his 365-day program. The application, “You Version,” is free to download on iPods and iPhones.
The First Baptist Church’s Bible reading challenge 2013 schedule is also available online, at www.fbcpa.net.