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making the connection | January 7, 2018

January 5, 2018

Although our culture may shift, and the ways we reach people may be adjusted, one thing that remains the same is the truth of God’s Word. As a church body we should be engaging with God’s Word because we know that “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) We engage with God’s Word corporately on Sunday mornings and in various Bible studies and discipleship classes throughout the year. But we should also be engaging with God’s Word as individuals. Below are some suggestions to help you do just that.

If you’re new to reading the Bible

YouVersion Bible app and website
If you’re not a big reader, use the YouVersion Bible app or website (bible.com) to have scripture read to you. You can do this while you’re getting ready, driving, cooking, or whenever makes sense for you. You can also use the Bible app/site to find specific studies and reading plans that fit you. They offer hundreds of studies, but a great one for new believers is called What’s Next?

Start in the right place
Another important step in studying God’s Word is to start in the right place. There are 66 books in the Bible so it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and confused about where to begin. A good starting place is the book of John (one of the four accounts about Jesus) and a good starting pace is to read one chapter a day.

If you need some inspiration or a new format for your regular time in God’s Word

First 15
This is a daily guide you can access online (first15.org) or sign up to receive via email. This resource pairs reading God’s Word with a devotional, prayer, reflection, a worship song, and a call to action. This is a great option if you want a variety of ways to engage with God’s Word.

Bible app studies
The Bible app/site has hundreds of studies on just about any topic you can think of. Spend some time browsing though to find a study that sounds like the right fit for you. A few WCC staff suggestions are: Doing Things that Matter, Move Toward the Mess: Curing Boredom in the Christian Life, Addicted to Busy: Recovery for the Rushed Soul, and 7 Laws of Love.

If you’re ready for a more advanced option
A great option for you would be to read the Bible in a year. To do this you can purchase a One Year Bible that will guide you through this goal, use a Bible app plan like Bible in One Year 2018, or find a reading guide online to print out and use with your own Bible. You could also read the Bible chronologically this year. To do this, you can purchase a chronological Bible, use a Bible app plan like Chronological or find a reading guide online.

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