Any pastor who believes in the authority of God’s word to not just change our lives, but to transform our lives will want his members deep into the study of the word of God. In my opinion, this is reason enough to encourage the church to read the Bible daily. The issue is: how can we accomplish this? I’ve got some suggestions below, but I also want to refer you to the Read the Bible for Life website for suggestions and resources.
Before August 1
Read the trade book, Read the Bible for Life
This book provides an excellent understanding of the desperate situation American Christianity is in and provides the backdrop for conducting a RTB4L strategy.
Present RTB4L to your church leaders
Include deacons, staff, and small group leaders and share the “why” and “how” of the RTB4L strategy.
During the fall semester
I would encourage you to use the leader kit in discipleship group settings. The more people you can get into these groups the better. For many people, the material covered in the leader kit and discipleship groups will be familiar territory. I have been through the leader kit with my family and this was my experience. However, I learned something new every week! For others, this 9 week study will be a fresh breath in their spiritual walk. Ask your veteran Bible scholars to be encouragers to people who are getting their first exposure to how to read the Bible.
Promote to the Church Family
Begin promoting the church-wide strategy to read the Bible through as a church body in 2012. Use posters and download the “initiative trailers” available on the RTB4L website.
Meet with your Sunday School or small group leaders a couple of times
Make sure that they understand that they are not necessarily replacing their usual group curriculum with RTB4L. Instead, ask them to use their groups as accountability groups to help people stay on track to read the Bible through in a year.
January 1, 2012 (Sunday)
Begin the church’s Read the Bible for Life initiative. Here are some ideas:
- Print copies of the chronological or 4+1 reading plans and distribute them to every person in worship.
- Encourage everyone to make a commitment to read the entire Bible in 2012.
- Consider preaching through the Bible in 2012 and base each sermon from that week’s reading text. This is the model that David Platt used at Brook Hills when they piloted Read the Bible for Life.
- Encourage your small group organization to help group members with their daily Bible reading.
For more resources, visit these locations on the Read the Bible for Life website:
I’ll be happy to answer any questions about RTB4L that you might have, just leave your questions in the comments section below.