Iron Sharpens Iron: In God's Word Together

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. – Prov. 27:17

 

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word

that comes from the mouth of God.” - Matt. 4:4

Bible Reading Plan

What? Participate in our church-wide Bible reading plan alongside others at New Hope, starting anytime.

 

Why? 

  • If you have trouble keeping up with daily time with God in His word, this can help you build a habit.
  • If your Bible reading feels aimless and random, this can bring focus and breadth.
  • If you already meditate consistently on God’s word, this shared reading plan can create a bridge for Christ-centered conversations with fellow believers at New Hope.
  • If you are getting to know someone who is curious about Christianity, you can invite them to participate in the reading plan with you as discuss the passages and point them to Christ.

How?

  • Print version: Purchase by searching for “One Year Bible” on christianbook.com (different versions also available), or if you are part of New Hope, take a copy from the welcome table at the Sunday worship service (for $10 or whatever you can afford--check made out to "New Hope Church" with "One Year Bible" in memo line, and dropped in the offering box on the other welcome table or in the offering bags). Make sure to get The One Year Bible rather than The One Year Chronological Bible.
  • App: A number of people at New Hope are using the YouVersion app for The One Year Bible reading plan. Within the app, you can access the daily readings in various versions and listen to the audio Bible with various narrators. If you miss a day after you start, just do the readings for the next day so you stay on track with others at New Hope. If you are part of New Hope and want the link to New Hope's group reading plan on YouVersion (through which you can discuss the readings with others at New Hope), request to be added to the (private) New Hope Church Community Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/newhopechurchcommunity, where you can find the link
  • Online: You can access the readings by going to oneyearbibleonline.com and clicking on “Daily One Year Readings” and then the day’s date. There are also “What Now?” study questions for each day’s reading. 
  • Listen: You can purchase The One Year Bible on audible.com. You can also listen for free by going to oneyearbibleonline.com, clicking on “Daily One Year Readings”, and scrolling down to the audio option. You can also listen to the daily readings in various translations through the YouVersion Bible app (above).

Suggestions:

  • The readings for each day are several chapters; you might choose to read all or just a portion each day. 
  • If you miss a day, don't worry--just pick up with the current day. This will allow you to stay on track with others, and also help you not give up out of discouragement. 
  • Before and while you read, ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand His Word and apply it, and for Him to change you through it. Don't just listen to God's Word; do what it says. 
  • Let God's Word lead you to Jesus. In John 5:39-40, Jesus said: "You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life."
  • Discuss the passages you read with others at New Hope, with the goal of understanding God’s word, responding to it in faith, and spurring one another on as Jesus’ disciples.


Photo of Bibles by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

 

Pairs/Trios/Quads

What? Groups of 2-4 individuals who are doing the Bible reading plan, who regularly connect to discuss what God is teaching you through His word and to pray for one another.


How? Invite 1-3 others at New Hope to join you in connecting regularly around the passages, with the goal of building one another up towards maturity as followers of Jesus. If you would like help forming a pair/trio/quad, contact info@newhopebgr.org.


Suggestions

  • You may choose to meet in-person, form a group text message or email thread, or schedule a video call—whatever works for your schedules. 
  • However you choose to connect, make sure it is regular, sustainable, and enables trust to grow. If you don't make plans or keep up regular communication, it won't yield much fruit.
  • The goal of these pairs/trios/quads is to build one another up towards Christian maturity in a context in which increasing trust can develop over time. 



Small Groups

Coming soon. Email info@newhopebgr.org to express interest in participating and/or hosting a bi-monthly in-home small group.