by Alan Walter
We also hope to encourage people who struggle to read God’s Word on a consistent basis. Although many of our people routinely read the Bible from cover to cover each year, the community plan takes a slower approach.
In addition to using the app, printing a Bible plan that allows for a few missed days will help everyone in the church to stay on pace.
Learning about the Bible is better with friends, too. Plans are great at helping to integrate God’s Word into your life every day. And talking about the Bible with trusted friends fuels your spiritual growth, even as it draws you closer to one another.
In the YouVersion app, “Plans with Friends” brings together the best of both. Complete each Plan on a shared schedule, then talk it over in a group-text-style discussion. Study the Bible together in a small group, or work through challenging issues with close friends, or simply invite friends to share meaningful conversation centered around Scripture. In whatever way you use it, “Plans with Friends” helps you discover things in God’s Word together that you might not notice on your own.
Talking about the Bible with trusted friends fuels your spiritual growth and helps you to discover things you might not notice on your own.
When planned thoughtfully, collective reading can encourage a culture of Bible reading at a church. The pastors, including myself, enjoy referencing the plan from time to time as we are in the pulpit; several sermons have been utilized to connect with the daily reading from God’s Word. In addition, the Church Board approved for us to break into small groups on several Wednesday nights each month to discuss what we are reading and to pray together.
We are praying that by reading the Bible together and praying for each other regularly, we will grow closer to God, learn more about the Bible, and support each other more as a church family. All in all, our goal this year is to become a more Biblical, spiritual, and relational church!