Back One-year Bible reading plan launches again in January 2012, accompanied by new book
November 18th, 2011
In the fall of 2010, our congregation embarked on a year-long journey through the Bible, using The Daily Walk. As we celebrate that first anniversary, we look ahead to what's in store for 2012 as we begin the journey once again in January.
Lindey Knox, one Brentwood Baptist member who took on the challenge last year, said, "I used to say that I couldn't read the Bible and still believe in God. I really said that. Really. There may be some truth to that—and by "some" I mean a small, small amount. But could I ever really know God if I wasn't in His Word? No. I may have believed in Him, but I wasn't living for Him. I told myself a lie. I tried to justify not reading His Word. I tried to justify my selfishness."
Nearly two years ago, Lindey was saved and started following Christ. Healing in her life began when she started reading the Bible, slowly moving chapter by chapter through the New Testament.
"A friend told me about The Daily Walk at Brentwood Baptist and I committed myself to reading the Bible every day," she said. "For the first time ever, I can say I've read through the entire Bible. I know him because I'm in His Word."
Like Lindey, many Brentwood Baptist members accepted the challenge. At the starting line, readers could take two paths through the 66 books of the Bible: sequentially or chronologically.
This new journey in 2012, the second time around, will be accompanied by a companion book called Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding & Living God's Word by Dr. George H. Guthrie.
On his website he says, "One writer has called the Bible America's favorite unopened book. Did you know that 83 percent of Americans say that the Bible is important for their lives. And yet, for those of us in the church, only 16 percent read the Bible every day, another 32 percent read the Bible once a week, and only 37 percent say that Bible reading and study have made a significant difference in the way they live their lives."
The book contains 16 conversations on how to read the Bible, how to understand and approach it, and how to apply it to life. According to him, most of us struggle with reading the Bible and understanding how the different parts fit together to make one big story. His book will teach us how to do that.
Are you ready for a renewed heart and life change? Put your running shoes on and join us as we begin the steady pace through God's Word over the next 365 days.
Get more information online and look for upcoming details on where to begin in God's Word starting in January 2012.
Story by Kaylan Christopher, Staff Writer