Reading (or listening to) your Bible with prayer is a crucial part of a growing spiritual life with God. Below are some resources that’ll help your congregation connect with and get a better understanding of the Bible. There are some great video resources, printed booklets to give away and Bible reading challenges for groups who want to delve deeper through reading and learning together.
The Big Picture
Experience the Bible story as you've never experienced it before! The Big Picture is a stunning short film that tells the overall Bible story, from creation, the fall of people into sin and then God’s forgiveness and redemption. The Big Picture is a great way to inspire young people to find their role in God's great story. This free DVD comes with companion booklets.
The E100 Bible Reading Challenge
The E100 Bible Reading Challenge features 100 carefully selected readings designed to give participants a good understanding of the overall Bible story.
The E stands for Essential and each of the readings ranges from a few verses to a few chapters.
It’s a personal challenge that encourages participants to build a regular habit of spending time with God through the Bible and prayer. It includes 50 readings in the Old Testament and 50 in the New Testament.
There’s a fantastic range of resources to help your church or small group take the challenge including a small group study guide.
Watch the video to find out more about what the E100 Bible reading challenge is, what resources are available and how it can help your church develop a regular Bible reading habit.
Or visit www.e100nz.org.nz to register and order resources.
The Essential Jesus Bible Reading Challenge
Essential Jesus is another great group reading challenge that features 100 readings through the Bible. Focusing on Jesus, there are 25 readings from the Old Testament and 75 from the New Testament.
Shorter readings than E100, Essential Jesus is aimed at really challenging participants to get out there and be Jesus in your community!
Drink it, Think it, Live it, Give it.
This is a short 5 minute film using the theme ‘Drink it, Think it, Live it, Give it’ to encourage people to get into reading God’s Word. It includes discussion questions for groups/youth.
Dusty Bible is a booklet designed for younger Christians to help them overcome common barriers to Bible reading and develop a regular Bible reading habit.
It’s a free resource available to churches and youth groups in New Zealand.
As a little girl, Mrs Bala wanted to learn to read and write, but owing to her family’s poverty she was unable to. Now, at the age of 75 she has been attending Bible Society literacy classes at the Chourkhuli Church of Bangladesh in Kotalipara in southwestern Bangladesh.