Fresh From the Word 2018
Commit to a #FreshStart with your daily Bible reading in 2018
It’s that time of year when we start making lists of New Year’s goals such as losing weight, settling into an exercise regime, and, for many of us, finding time to read the Bible and grow in our relationship with God. Come February, how many of these goals will have been forgotten?
Our mission is to help Christians around the world to read the Bible daily, and with understanding. Which is why this January we have launched the #FreshStart Challenge to better equip and support people to make the daily reading of God’s word a lifestyle habit rather than a just resolution that gets dropped or forgotten.
In addition to promoting our own tips for helping you to stick to your Bible reading resolutions we are challenging others, including Christian bloggers and our social media followers to share their own tips at @IBRAbibleread on Twitter.
Here are our top 5 #FreshStart tips for sticking with your Bible this January:
1. Find a time that works each day and stick to it. There isn’t one time of day for everyone, but it’s important to find a time that works for you. Early morning or before bed, after the kids are off to school or before work or classes, make it a habit. Keep your Bible handy and set reasonable goals.
2. Use a daily devotional or annual plan to inspire and direct your reading. Giving the time you spend in your Bible purpose and direction, this can also be a great way to hear other perspectives on God’s Word and challenge you afresh. Fresh from the Word 2018 is a paperback book that provides 365 sets of notes, prayers and suggestions for action on biblical themes from theologians and biblical scholars; creative and inspirational writers from around the world.
3. Weave the Bible into other parts of your day. Bible reading is about a journey of transformation. Make sure what you are reading seeps into other parts of your day – how can what you have read impact your family, friends, colleagues etc. Fresh from the Word 2018 provides daily prompts of ways to further explore the readings and ways to put your faith into action.
4. Dig into the ‘other world’ of the Bible. The Bible is written in a world very different from our own. Be curious about jugs and chariots, scrolls and temples, kings, and palaces and armies. How were women treated? What was the ancient attitude to religion? Be curious and take a moment to look something up in a reference book or online.
5. Read the Bible with other people, people different than you. Find a Bible study group, a minister or pastor or friend at church you can have a chat with about what you have read. Alternatively, use a devotional like Fresh from the Word 2018 that includes diverse perspectives on scripture by featuring different international writers.
We'd love to hear how you get on with your Bible reading this January. Let us know @IBRAbibleread on Twitter!
2018 themes include:
Readings in Mark
Winning and losing
Holy Week and Easter
Going viral: communication in the Bible
and many more.
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