At St Thomas’ Church, we are spending 2017 getting to grips with the Big Story of the Bible.
Although made up of 66 books written over thousands of years, by different authors, we believe that the whole Bible is one, unified story that leads to Jesus and has profound wisdom for the modern world.
You are invited to join us in committing to read through the Bible in a year and helping one another discover this amazing story in a new way.
We will explore the Bible together in three ways, and you are encouraged to join in with all three as far as is possible for you:
Commit yourself to reading a passage from the Bible each day. Each day there is a passage from the Bible to read and think about as well as a psalm to read and use prayerfully.
It should take you around 15 minutes a day.
There are also suggested short videos to watch which explain the outline of each book of the Bible or explain major themes in the Bible that will help you to understand it more. Some of these videos will be shown in church week by week. The videos are available to download in HD at thebibleproject.com/resources/ or follow the links below to watch them on youtube.
If you miss a day, don’t be legalistic about catching up! Just read today’s passage and only fill in the blanks if you have time.
As we are all reading the same passages each day, take the opportunity to chat about what you’ve read with your friends over coffee or after church or whenever you meet.
>>>>> Download the daily reading plan here. <<<<<
If you have an android or apple phone or tablet, you can download the ‘Read Scripture’ app which will help you keep tabs on your journey through the reading plan and enable you to watch the videos on your device. This app is available from Google Play or the apple app store.
Youtube Videos covering our journey so far…
Introduction to Genesis: Part 1 (Genesis 1-11), Part 2 (Genesis 12-50)
Torah Series: Genesis 1-11, Genesis 12-50
Introduction to Exodus: Part 1 (Exodus 1-18), Part 2 (Exodus 19-40)
Torah Series: Exodus 1-18, Exodus 19-40
Introduction to Leviticus
Torah Series: Leviticus
Introduction to Numbers
Torah Series: Numbers
Introduction to Deuteronomy
Torah Series: Deuteronomy
Introduction to Joshua
Introduction to Judges
Introduction to Ruth
Introduction to 1 Samuel
Introduction to 2 Samuel
Introduction to 1 & 2 Kings
Introduction to Isaiah: Part 1 (Isaiah 1-39), Part 2 (Isaiah 40-66)
Small groups in church such as house groups and Refreshment Group will provide opportunities to review what you’ve been reading and share the journey with others who are reading the same things. In this way we can encourage each other on our journey and share the encouragements as well as help each other understand the difficult bits.
If you’re not part of a small group, why not join one for this year? They are currently fortnightly on a Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday evening and monthly on a Wednesday evening. If there’s not a group that suits you, let the vicar know and we’ll try to start a new group if it would suit a number of people.
Our Sunday services throughout the year will be looking at the big picture of the story of the Bible as well as examining important themes in the Bible and grappling with some of the bits that are hard to understand. You will get the most out of our sermon series if you are able to join us regularly for worship through the year.