Reflecting On and Continuing Community Bible Experience
This past summer, we had nearly 1,300 people pick up New Testaments here at CrossRoads. We did the Community Bible Experience, reading the entire New Testament together in eight weeks (or so). Many people got together each week to discuss what they were reading in small groups. Others read and then talked with family, children, or friends about what God was teaching them through His Word.
We heard lots of stories of people reading the New Testament for the first time or learning new things in the Books of the Bible format with no chapter or verse markings.
Here are just a few of the thoughts people sent us about their experience:
“I told my husband, if the phone rings, I’m busy—this is my time with the Lord! I am really enjoying it.”
“Our reading is going well. I follow along in the Bible as my husband reads the passage. We have shared our experience with others and through this unique Bible have been able to have courage to share what we are reading with other family members who don’t read the Bible or go to church.”
“We are so loving reading through this Bible. We have read through the Bible yearly for the past 10-12 years, but this just ramps up our understanding like never before.”
(From one of our youth pastors) “There was a lot of discussion between the students. It was really encouraging for me to just chime in and say, ‘would anyone else like to jump on what [name] has said?’ And to my surprise a lot of youth shared, encouraged and played devil’s advocate on some of the things we talked about. Jr. High students are reading Scripture!!!!! Retaining it and were prepared to bring forth some questions they had!”
“I was challenged by the mercy Jesus gives. If He can give mercy to the demon Legion, by sending them into pigs… why can’t I be more merciful to my sister.”
Overall, we’ve had an amazing summer learning more about God’s Word and the amazing things He has done!
If you’re interested in continuing the Community Bible Experience, Biblica has more options for you. Your next step would be to read the Covenant History, the books of Genesis-Kings in this same format. You can order the Bibles for you or a group by visiting Biblica.com and then choosing “Books of the Bible” from their Bible link.
If you are interested in facilitating a group of people in doing the Community Bible Experience this fall, you can email Verna at VernaV@CrossRoadsChurch.Ca. Or if you’d like to join a group, keep an eye out for the groups catalogue coming soon!