St. David’s Bible Challenge
Begins Monday, March 6, 2017
(the sign-up link is at the bottom of the page)
Below you will find detailed information on:
- how the program is structured
- recommended Bibles for both children and adults
- using technology for the Bible Challenge
- where to sign up
How Does It Work?
The Bible Challenge is a program that empowers readers to read the whole Bible, cover to cover, in one calendar year. St. David's Bible Challenge Participants will follow the reading schedule outlined in Marek Zabriskie’s The Bible Challenge: Read the Bible in a Year.
Each day’s reading includes three chapters in the Old Testament (Hebrew Scriptures), one psalm, and one chapter in the New Testament, and only takes about 20 minutes to complete. Zabriskie’s book also provides a short, one-page reflection to assist our reading.
Participants will do their daily reading on their own.
There will be an optional check-in with fellow readers on the 1st Monday of each month from 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Sailer Room (beginning March 6)
What Do I Read / How Do I Get It?
You are welcome to use any Bible translation you prefer. The Bible translation that you hear read in church each Sunday is the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).
If you would like to purchase a study Bible, which contains extra notes and essays about the books of the Bible, we recommend The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha.
For the convenience of participants, we will be placing an order on Tuesday, February 20 for the following items. Please indicate on the sign-up sheet (link below) which items, if any, you would like us to order for you. Payment will be collected when you pick them up.
- The Bible Challenge: Read the Bible in a Year by Marek Zabriskie - $12, $14, or $18 (depending on quantity ordered)
- New Revised Standard Version (Oxford Study Bible, hardcover) - $30
- New Revised Standard Version (American Bible Society, basic softcover) - $7
What About Children?
If you are looking for Bibles more accessible for young readers, we recommend these:
For children ages 2 to grade 2:
For children for kids grade 3 to grade 7:
For youth and teens:
The Message by Eugene Petersen is a wonderful rendering of the New Testament in ordinary language. The New International Version Teen Study Bible contains helpful commentary and reflection questions for teens. Of course the New Oxford Annotated works well for teens, too!
Apps, Readers, and Audio Resources
There are lots of ways technology can aid your goal of reading the Bible in the calendar year.
- Order a Bible and The Bible Challenge for your Kindle
- Download a Bible app for your ipad or smartphone at bible.com
- Check out audio Bibles at biblegateway.com or listenersbible.com
How Do I Sign Up?
We all know that our lives, both individually and as a community, are transformed when we take time each day to connect with God and engage God’s Word. So we hope you will say YES by clicking on the "Sign Up Today!" button below. Please share this opportunity with family and friends, too!
If you have any questions, please e-mail us.