One of the things I’ve noticed in my career in ministry is that people genuinely want to study the whole Bible – to understand its history, geography, and stories AND how it relates to their own lives today. However, lots of obstacles tend to get in the way – busy schedules, difficulty with some passages, discipline of staying on a reading schedule, etc.
I want to try an experiment this Fall. I want to lead a group of folks through a 12-week program called Disciple Fast Track. Here’s how it would work:
We would covenant together to reading 3-5 chapters of the bible each day (using a study guide). On Sunday mornings from 9-9:45 a.m. during the Sunday School hour, we would meet together to watch a short (5 minute) video lesson, and I would facilitate a guided group discussion about what we’ve read. We would also covenant to pray with and for one another during these 12 weeks.
The class would have an orientation at 9 a.m. on September 9, and then meet every Sunday morning except for November 25 (Thanksgiving weekend) through December 9. When we’ve completed the 12 weeks, we’ll have had an excellent overview of the Old Testament and developed or honed a personal habit of daily bible reading.
We’d take the rest of December off, and then beginning January 6, those that wanted to would continue with the 12-week New Testament track. We’d take off March 10 (the first Sunday of Spring Break), and we’d wrap up by March 31, just in time to get ready for Easter. Those that complete both tracks will have an excellent overview of the whole biblical story in just 24 weeks. But more importantly, we’ll have deepened our discipleship in Jesus Christ and our commitment to one another.
There are some costs involved. The study guides are $16 each (one for OT and one for NT), and it would be ideal if each participant had their own guide to write in, etc. rather than sharing with a partner or spouse. A good study bible would also be ideal (rather than say an antique King James family heirloom bible), and if you’re interested, I can make some recommendations there.
It would also require a commitment of time for keeping up with the daily reading assignments and participating in the Sunday morning group discussions.
I’m not looking to cannibalize or interrupt our existing Sunday School classes. If you’re happy with what’s being offered in other classes, please don’t feel obligated to participate just because the pastor e-mailed you.
But if you’re interested in this short-term experiment, you can find more information and register below.
As always, I’m happy to answer questions.
Peace be with you,