I had a call yesterday from one of our Oklahoma education ministers (I was going to say one of our top Oklahoma ME’s, but OK has got an abundance of great ME’s!) asking about the expense of leading his church into Read the Bible for Life in 2012. He had totaled up product resources and it came to about $60/person!! We had a great visit on the phone and I realize that I need to communicate some things about a Read the Bible for Life churchwide strategy.
Before I go through an overview of resources and my suggestions, let me state one thing:
All you need to read the Bible for life is a Bible…
and some resolve to actually do it!
Now, with that said let’s do a quick overview of RTB4L resources.
Read the Bible for Life tradebook (Retail: $14.99)
This book is the basic book that the pastor and staff needs to read and discuss. The book is the building block for doing a RTB4L strategy in 2012. It has an appendix with both chronological and 4 +1 Bible reading plans, and the book is the most comprehensive of the RTB4L resources.
Read the Bible for Life Leader Kit (Retail $99.00)
The RTB4L Leader Kit has the following:
- Read the Bible for Life trade book
- Read the Bible for Life workbook (9 sessions)
- Read the Bible for Life DVD’s (3 DVD’s with 3 sessions each). Each video on the DVD’s is approximately 30 minutes in length
Read the Bible for Life workbook (Retail: $11.95)
The Read the Bible for Life Workbook is the companion piece for use with the DVD’s in the Leader Kit. The workbook is 9 chapters long, corresponding to the 9 videos on the DVD’s. Each chapter has 5 daily readings per week. Each day’s reading includes Scripture and some thought and reflection. I have been doing RTB4L myself (I’ve just finished Week 7) and it takes about 15-20 minutes a day.
RTB4L has two reading plans with it; the chronological reading plan and the 4+1 reading plan (2 OT passages, 2 NT passages + 1 Psalm). These plans can be found in the appendix of Read the Bible for Life trade book, and the chronological plan is online here.
Reader’s Guide to the Bible (available September 1)
The Reader’s Guide to the Bible parallels the chronological reading plan. It will be available this fall. The Reader’s Guide gives a brief commentary into that day’s Bible reading and is meant to deepen the reader’s understanding of the passage.
Tomorrow we will look at some options for a churchwide Read the Bible for Life strategy.