Take the Bible Challenge!

Take the Bible Challenge!

by the Rev. Christine Leigh-Taylor, Chair, Christian Formation Commission

Bishop Beisner is inviting the entire Episcopal Diocese of Northern California to take The Bible Challenge with him, beginning Epiphany 2013. The Bible Challenge is a year-long commitment of daily Bible reading that will lead participants to easily complete the whole Bible in one year. Each day we will all be reading the same three chapters from the Hebrew Bible, a Psalm, and one chapter from the New Testament. The Bishop will not only be doing the daily readings along with participants, but will be supporting them throughout the year through e-mail, the website, prayer, and in other ways. There is no cost, and any Bible is suitable. Each day’s readings will be augmented by a brief meditation posted on The Bible Challenge web page (also available in pamphlet form for those who prefer a hard copy).

The kick-off for The Bible Challenge will be on Epiphany (January 6, 2013) when participants will bring their Bibles to church for a special blessing. The readings will begin on Monday, January 7, 2013. Pamphlets with readings for each date of the year will be available at Diocesan Convention.

What do you need to do to take The Bible Challenge?

Sign up now by sending an e-mail with your name, mailing address, e-mail and church that you attend to biblechallenge@norcalepiscopal.org. Or click here to download, print, complete and return The Bible Challenge flyer & sign up form (also available at all deanery convocations) by mail to: The Bible Challenge, c/o The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, 350 University Avenue, Suite 280, Sacramento, CA 95825.

9 comments (Add your own)

1. Rod Davis+ wrote:
This is a wonderful undertaking whose impact will be felt in the Diocese for many years to come. I hope that each one of us will extend this invitation to our non-Episcopalian friends.

Sun, October 7, 2012 @ 5:11 PM

2. Nicci Lawhun wrote:
I have been waiting, Im so excited !!

Mon, October 8, 2012 @ 7:43 PM

3. Deacon Susan Reeve wrote:
We are ready here in Rio Vista. Thank you, Christine for facilitating this adventure. Thank you, Bishop Barry, for being one of the commentators.

Tue, October 9, 2012 @ 10:37 AM

4. Martha D. Peterson wrote:
I have already been following the Bible reading plan of the American Bible Society, and have been a donner in the Bible-a -Month Club for many years. The ABS sends testimonies of peoples of different countries, telling what the Bible means to them, printed in their own language.

I suggest the Episcopal Church join forces with the American Bible Society...there is strength in numbers.

Also, the Bible study groups should emphasize living the scriptures to develop that mind 'that was also in Christ Jesus.'

Tue, October 9, 2012 @ 7:46 PM

5. Cindy Brown (Christ Episcopal, Eureka, CA) wrote:
We are discussing ways to open this opportunity up to our neighbors in our community. Do you have any suitable press releases or information on how to promote the Bible Challenge to the larger community? We would appreciate any ideas on how to make this idea "bigger" than just our church membership. Thanks!

Thu, November 1, 2012 @ 3:14 PM

6. Cindy Long wrote:
People in our congregation who speak Spanish are very interested in participating. Are the daily reflection readings also offered in Spanish? Thank you!

Sun, November 11, 2012 @ 7:59 PM

7. Ginny Leary wrote:
I, too, am excited about this challenge and pray I can see it through. I am sure we will benefit from it in unimagined ways. Thank you.

Thu, December 6, 2012 @ 3:19 PM

8. Marjorie E. Whistler wrote:
I am excited and looking forward to beginning this challenge. I am encouraging my friends at Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa, to join, too.

Thu, December 13, 2012 @ 2:39 PM

9. Joyce Crawford wrote:
This has been on my list of things to accomplish. Looking forward to a few group sessions too.

Sun, January 6, 2013 @ 3:09 PM

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