Ways of Engaging with Scripture

Read the Bible in one or two years
Author: Robert Murray McCheyne
Published by: The Lausanne Movement, 2008

God reveals himself to us in Scripture. As we read the Bible daily, he gradually works on our thinking, our will and our emotions so we
can love him 'with all our mind, our strength, our soul, our heart'.

The McCheyne Bible Reading Plan will take you through the New Testament and Psalms twice, and the rest of the Bible once, each year.

Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-1843) urged Christians to grow in their faith by reading Scripture daily. He developed this system to help build a habit of reading in more than one part of the Bible each day. In this way its users would grow in their understanding of God’s great plan of salvation, stretching from Genesis to Revelation. It is used by countless Christians around the world.

This edition of McCheyne's plan is published by The Lausanne Movement and is available to purchase as a booklet. It can also be downloaded for free from the Lausanne website. It contains encouragements from a number of Christian leaders.  [more...]

Author: Pauline Hoggarth
Published by: Lausanne Global Conversation

"Jesus loved metaphors and so did the Old Testament prophets. They knew their power to expand people’s limited imaginations or straighten out distorted understandings. They knew how metaphors enable people to glimpse another reality."

In this article, Pauline Hoggarth encourages us to mull over the metaphors we find in the epistle to the Ephesians: "When we think about the Bible’s powerful ability to expand our imagination, few of us have the New Testament letters in mind! We tend to forget their nature as human, pastoral documents. We receive them as theological treatises, flat text on the page, forgetting that they were listened to as ’performances’, probably recited from memory by the person bringing them, in front of their intended audience. In such performances, Paul’s metaphors were crucial for communicating key ideas that he wanted people to remember."  [more...]

Author: Colin Marshall
Published by: The Briefing, Issue 143 (September 1994)

If I had to hazard a guess as to how many Christians engage in one-to-one Bible reading and prayer, I would say less than 1%. I have no data on this; it's just a hunch. This seems strange if it is such a simple and convenient way of spurring each other on in the faith. Why don't we do it?

In this practical article, Colin Marshall explains the WHY, the HOW and the WHO of one-to-one Bible reading.

...think about the long-term effects of meeting like this. The two friends will know the Bible better, pray regularly and deepen their friendship. They will encourage each other to deal with God and his word with integrity. As they open their lives to each other before God's word, they will “spur one another on towards love and good deeds” (Heb 10:24-25).

“Then their [our] eyes were opened…”
Author: Silvia Regina de Lima Silva

"In Latin America the interpretational situation is shaped by the community dimension - so we talk about reading communities. We affirm that the community is the context (literally ‘the lap’) in which the meaning of the text can rest and express its full implications. This is a passionate reading in which people study the text and explore it deeply with body, soul and emotions… ‘Were not our hearts burning within us?’"

Grassroots or ‘Popular Bible Reading’ (PBR) is a space for reflection that takes as its starting point a dialogue between life and the Bible. In this article, Silvia Regina de Lima Silva uses themes from the Emmaus Road story to describe this community-based Bible reading approach which began among the poor and marginalized over thirty years ago.  [more...]

Talk outlines for Bible teachers around the world
Author: Phil Crowter
Published by: The Good Book Company

Pray Prepare Preach (PPP) is a series designed to help Bible teachers worldwide explain God's Word clearly and accurately. Each guide provides basic sermon outlines, written in simple English.

They provide:

  • a study section to help the preacher understand the passage context.
  • a basic talk outline, with suggestions for headings, illustrations and application.

Three titles are now available, to download for free as PDF documents or to order as printed booklets: Preaching Mark, Preaching Philippians, Preaching Job, Preaching God's Big Story.  [more...]