Have you ever had a moment of inspiration or perhaps a New Year’s resolution to read the Bible? Maybe you even went out and bought one of those one-year Bibles or a 365-day devotional. But, if you are like me, no matter how determined your start and how sincere your resolve, the whole endeavor just becomes too overwhelming. This is why, for a lot of us, our Bibles sit unattended on the night stand, coffee table or book shelf, waiting for us to return. But don’t beat yourself up…know that you are in good company. How do we get back to it, and stick to it? Is there a way to read the Bible from cover to cover and make since of it all without getting overwhelmed?
This past Monday night, a group of us gathered to do what had seemed to be the impossible. Over the last 21 weeks we have been reading our way through the Bible. That’s right, the whole thing. Even the “boring” bits like Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. What we have discovered is that even these “boring” bits of the Bible are alive with inspiration. We’ve all heard that we should “love God with all our heart, soul and might” and the we should “love our neighbor as ourselves.” But never would we have expected these verses to be found in the Old Testament, in the seemingly tedious works of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. But, time and time again, tucked away in the creases of our Bibles, we’ve uncovered the story of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness.
The group that meets on Monday nights is on a journey called Disciple 1. This is a 24-week practice that takes you through the Bible, from beginning to end. If you are interested in a group like this, I’d love to talk to you about it. I’d love to tell you how Disciple 1 has changed the way I read scripture. I’d love to share with you how again and again I have discovered myself, both the good and the bad, in its stories. I’d love to tell you how my understanding of God’s love has expanded; how my faith in Christ has deepened. I’d love to share with you how different I am now that I am coming to the end of what seemed to be an impossible task. I will never see God, the world, my relationships or myself the same again. If you are interested in Disciple 1, or knowing more about my story, reach out to me at Matt.Bisel@cor.org