God’s Word, the Bible, is central to our faith and spiritual growth. Regular intake of Scripture is crucial for seeing God’s trustworthiness and drawing on his enabling grace (favorable help) to live an authentic Christian life.
“Read Scripture” App: GradCru is encouraging (challenging!) everyone to join with us to read through the entire Bible in 2018. We’re using the “Read Scripture” smart phone app (iOS and Android) developed by Francis Chan Ministries to help organize your reading and keep us all together. Reading 3-6 chapters each day for 15-20 minutes enables you to complete the entire Old and New Testaments in less than one year. All Scripture is the English Standard Version (ESV).
Besides organizing your reading, the “Read Scripture” app has some engaging and very helpful short videos overviewing each book of the Bible that you can view when you start reading that book. Each video explains how that book fits into Scripture overall. And a bunch of additional videos attached to certain biblical passages that are interspersed throughout the reading plan which highlight some major themes, like: “Heaven and Earth,” “Holiness,” and “The Law”.
View this 3.11 minute video that overviews the Read Scripture reading plan. Definitely watch this!
We hope you will join with us on January 1, 2018 to begin the reading plan. But if you want to join with us later in the year — even many months later into 2018 — you can download the Read Scripture app and then start reading at the same place in Scripture that GradCru currently is reading. Then in January 2019 go back to the beginning and keep reading daily till you reach where you started in 2018. That works!
We also created a “GradCru Read Scripture” GroupMe so group members at times can share their thoughts and insights from their reading. We can encourage one another to keep reading — especially when the semester is crazy-busy — and hear from one another about ways that the Lord is teaching us and we’re trusting him. A year from now you will look back and see how your biblical understanding and faith have immensely grown!
Be sure to join the GradCru Read Scripture GroupMe, because now and then through the GroupMe we’ll send important information to the entire group of readers. Periodically we’ll offer some suggestions and have some incentives to help you keep reading — and a celebration party at the end of the year.
First, click here to join to the GradCru Read Scripture GroupMe. Then go to your app store on your smart phone to search for and download the free “Read Scripture” app. You’ll want to go into the Settings to turn on notifications and set a daily time to be reminded.
Encourage others to read the Bible with you, including those in your Bible Study group, housemates, Group of 3, GradCru friends and others — maybe even non-Christians!