If you’re going to make a New Year’s resolution, let it be reading the Bible every day. 

Let’s face it, reading the Bible every day, let alone every page of the Bible, including all 27 chapters of Leviticus is hard. And yet reading the Bible is one of the main ways we abide in Christ, know and grow in God (John 15:1-17). To help us become better disciples we must better know, understand and apply what God says, from Genesis to Revelation (not just our favourite verses).

That’s why we’ve decided to work together as a whole church to read the Bible in two years.

Together we can encourage each other to abide in Christ as we read, chew and discuss the same passages together, supported by an evening service sermon series, Jesus on Every Page, preaching into one of the Sunday readings and taking Q&A at the end of each month. As a church we believe in making disciples, and so we hope this will give us all a deeper appreciation and richer understanding of the whole counsel of God. Throughout the year we’ll suggest further Bible study resources and commentaries to help you dig deeper into particular books, letters and themes of Scripture.

We’ve decided on two years so it’s a realistic amount for busy Londoners to read every day. There are also catch up days toward the end of each month if you fall behind.

The programme we’re using has been put together by the Gospel Coalition. You can get hold of a printed copy in church or you can download it here. You can also join our group on The City, and get a weekly reminder, direct to your inbox with that week’s readings.

Need further reasons to read the Bible?
1. Reading the Bible helps us to know God better (Hebrews 1:1-3; John 5:38-41).
2. Reading the Bible teaches us to imitate God (Ephesians 5:1).
3. Reading the Bible helps us discover our next step (Psalm 119:105).
4. Reading the Bible keeps us from sin (Psalm 119:11).
5. Reading the Bible helps us to renew our minds so we can know God’s will (Romans 12:1-2).
6. Reading the Bible enables us to be certain of what God said. The Bible is our final authority (John 17:17).
7. Reading the Bible gives us courage to obey God (Joshua 1:8-9).
8. Reading the Bible helps us to be fruitful (Psalm 1:2-3).

Stay tuned for more advice and tips on how to get the most out of your daily readings, and for updates on where we’re at, and what God is teaching us. We really hope you’ll enjoy journeying through the Bible with us in 2016-17. If you haven’t already made that Christmas Wish List, why not ask for a brand spanking new Bible, or a fancy Bible app (with study guide, perhaps?)? Bring on January 1st… we can’t wait to get started!