We best understand ourselves and our lives within the purposes of God. We are part of his grand narrative of creation, salvation and new-creation: grasping where we fit gives us the only perspective large enough to transform our inattentive busyness into satisfying relationship with Him. And so growing as a disciple of Jesus leads us to immerse ourselves in the bible. Each month, Growing Disciples provides a series of bible readings that will enable us to journey through the whole revelation of God in a year: you can choose how deep you wish to go. There are four options:
If a regular bible reading habit is new to you, I suggest you begin with the Key Moments, and then build on that each time, perhaps also Shedding Further Light on the Scene, and then reading Forwards and Backwards. Then, if you can commit to 20 minutes each day, add Reading the Whole Bible in a Year.
Discipleship is an unhurried endeavour. In his book The Shallows, Nicholas Carr says of his reading habits, “Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a jet ski.” His metaphor of full immersion versus superficial skimming is a good one– which applies not only to our reading, but to our engagement with God. Here, scuba diving is to be preferred over jet skiing! The good news is that changing the way we live is not impossible. This site is designed to help you find a new rhythm– a way to go deeper into God, like a sub diver investigating the ocean. For this reason, we encourage you to staying ‘in the program’, rather than reading ahead or ‘cherry-picking’ the bits you like.
With each of our monthly bible readings you will find embedded a parallel series of short Daily Devotionals. The themes of these short videos relate broadly to each month’s bible readings and aim to immerse us more deeply in the readings, and so, our relationship with God.