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 we 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. That’s why the Growing Disciples program does not allow members to ‘read ahead’ into future months. Instead, we want to enjoy each part of the bible in depth– rather than merely skimming across the surface.
To encourage and inspire you in your bible reading, a Daily Devotionals are published 5-6 days each week. The themes of these short videos relate broadly to each month’s bible readings. These Daily Devotionals will appear on the first page of this site.
At the top of the Bible Readings page you will find a series of picture-icons that link through to each month’s bible readings. Click on the pagenta coloured buttons to take you to the relevant readings, with their introductory materials. Alternatively, the main menu for Bible Readings has a drop-down sub-menu for each month.
Use the pagenta link at the very foot of this page to navigate to the Bible Readings page.