Discover the whole story ... so you can live a new story
We have more Bibles than ever, but fewer of us are reading. What if we could change that?
For eight weeks, NEW LAIGH KIRK will journey through the New Testament together. We’ll read five days a week and share the journey with one another through weekly groups on Sunday afternoons or Wednesday mornings.
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We’ll immerse ourselves in the complete story— you’ll be amazed at its riches, the best library you’ll ever read!”
Look out your Bibles and begin reading on Monday 6th March 2017
Reading Plan Week 1 - 6th to 10th March
Your Community Bible Experience
You’ll read five days a week, Monday through Friday. The average reading is 12 pages long and takes around 30 minutes to complete. Some readings are longer or shorter, because the reading plan follows the natural section breaks within each book.
Week 1: Luke-Acts
Luke consists of a prologue and three main sections which tell the story of Jesus as he ministers in Galilee, journeys to Jerusalem, and lays down his life—only to rise again and be- come Saviour of the world.
- Day 1 page 1-11 or Luke 1 - 4:13 read until “...he left them until an opportune time.”
- Day 2 page 11 -25 or Luke 4:14-9:50 read until “...whoever is not against you is for you.”
- Day 3 p. 25-33 or Luke 9:51- 13:21“...worked all through the dough.”
- Day 4 p. 33-43 or Luke 13:22 -19:27 “...and kill them in front of me.”
- Day 5 p. 43-54 or Luke 19:28-53 end of the Gospel of Luke.
Reading Plan Week 1 - 6th to 10th March
Welcome to the second week of our New Testament journey!
This week, we’ll read Acts, the follow-up to Luke’s gospel. Luke and Acts are two volumes of a single work covering the life of Jesus and the movement he ignited. We’ll end the week by reading two of Paul’s earliest letters, written to one of the churches he founded.
Remember to read for distance. Instead of getting bogged down in all the details, concentrate on the big- picture story.
Meet for anhour in Church on Sunday 19th March at 3.00pm or Wednesday 22nd March at 10.00am
Acts (days 6-9) has six parts, each describing a successive phase in the expansion of the church outward from Jerusalem. The apostle Paul’s first two letters, 1 and 2 Thessaloni- ans (day 10), were written to encourage a Christian community facing persecution and to assure them of their coming vindication.
- Day 6 p. 55-64 or Acts 1- 6:7 read until “...priests be- came obedient to the faith.”
- Day 7 p. 64-75 or Acts 6:8 -12:24 read until “...word of God continued to spread and flourish.”
- Day 8 p. 75-86 acts 12:25 - 19:20 read until “...spread widely and grew in power.”
- Day 9 p. 87-102 or Acts 19:21 read until the end of Acts
- Day 10 p. 103-115 1 and 2 Thessalonians
Reading Plan Week 4 - 27th to 31st March
Welcome to the fourth week of our New Testament journey!
This week, we'll continue with the letters of Paul. You may notice a softer side to Paul in his final letters, particularly those written to encourage two of his partners in ministry, Timothy and Titus. As you read The Books of the Bible, pay close attention to the book introductions. They contain vital information to help you unpack the context and literary structure of each book. Enjoy the journey!
Happy reading! Meet for an hour on Sunday 2nd April 3.00pm or Wednesday 5th April 10.00am in the church
The rest of Paul's letters address various challenges facing churches in different parts of the Roman Empire. These letters, which are presented in the order they were most likely written, also include Paul's personal cor respondence with three individuals: Philemon, Timo thy, and Titus.
- Day 16 p. 177-188 Romans Ch 8 - Ch 16 read until the end of Romans
- Day 17 p. 189-195 read all of Colossians
- Day 18 p. 197-210 read all of Ephesians to the end of Philemon
- Day 19 p. 211-226 read all of Phillippians until the end of 1 Timothy
- Day 20 p. 227-238 read Titus until the end of 2 Timothy
Reading Plan Week 3 - 20th to 24th March
Welcome to the third week of our New Testament journey!
This week we’ll read four more of Paul’s letters to churches:
1-2 Corinthians, Galatians, and Romans. Traditionally, Paul’s letters are arranged from longest to shortest. But in The Books of the Bible, we get to read them in the order they were most likely written. As you read, you may find yourself retracing Paul’s steps from the book of Acts.
Be sure to create space for each day’s reading. Resist the temptation to multitask. Instead, try to carve out time each day so you can devote your full attention to the text. Happy reading! Meet for an hour.....
On Sunday 26th March 3.00pm in the church Or Wednesday 29th March 10.00am in the church
1 and 2 Corinthians (days 11-13) address a number of problems facing a dysfunctional church in a cosmopolitan city. Paul wrote Galatians (day 14) to refute the claim that Gentile Christians had to observe Jewish customs in or- der to be saved. In his letter to the Romans (day 15), Paul insists the good news of Jesus is for everyone, Jew and Gentile.
- Day 11 p. 117-126 read until “...I too have the spirit of God.” Or 1 Cor ch 1- ch 7:40)
- Day 12 p. 126-137 read until the end of 1 Corinthians (from Ch 8- Ch 16)
- Day 13 p. 139-153 read until the end of 2 Corinthians (Ch1 - Ch 13)
- Day 14 p. 155-163 read until the end of Galatians
- Day 15 p. 165-177 read until “...the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans Ch1-Ch 8)
Reading Plan Week 5 - 3rd to 7th April
We’re halfway through our New Testament reading campaign! This week, we’ll read the gospel of Matthew.
If you find yourself “hitting a wall” this week, don’t worry. It’s only natural. We’ve covered a lot of ground, but we still have some distance to go. If this happens to you, try changing your routine. Read during a different time of day, listen to the audio for a chance of pace, or take your reading outside (if it’s nice out!). Whatever you do, keep at it. You’re only four weeks away from having read the entire New Testament!
Meet for an hour on Sunday 9th April 3.00pm in the hall or Wednesday 12th April 10.00am in the church
Matthew tells the story of Jesus from a distinctly Jewish perspective. This gospel is arranged into five major sec- tions (not unlike the Torah, the first five books of the Jewish Bible). Through a combination of story and teach- ing, each section highlights a different theme of Jesus’ life and ministry.
- Day 21 p. 239-251 read until “...and not as their teachers of the law.” Matthew ch 1 - 7:29
- Day 22 p. 251-262 read until “...new treasures as well as old.” Matthew ch7:30 to ch13:52
- Day 23 p. 262-270 read until “...forgive a brother or sister from your heart.” Matthew ch13:53 to ch18:35
- Day 24 p. 270-283 read until “...but the righteous to eternal life.” Matthew ch19 to ch25:46
- Day 25 p. 283-290 Matthew ch26 read until the end of Matthew
Reading Plan Week 7 - 17th to 21st April
Only two weeks to go in our journey through the New Testament! This week, we’ll cover 1-2 Peter, Jude, and the last of the four gospels: John.
We are passionate about the Bible & that people would read and live it well - confident that Community Bible Experience will help you do just that. Small groups meeting weekly have cultivated the community aspect of Community Bible Experience most effectively. Encour- agement, accountability and shared learning is vital to the campaign. The book club style provides a way for people who have never read God’s word to engage with His story and discuss it with others. Let’s continue to do that. Happy reading! Meet for an hour on Sunday 23rd April 3.00pm in the hall or Wednesday 26th April 10.00am in the church.
Many believe that Mark’s gospel (week 6) recorded the memoirs of Peter. The next two books (days 31-32) are letters from Peter himself, encouraging believers in what is now Turkey to hold on to their faith and assuring them Jesus will return. Jude’s brief letter (day 32) contains many similarities to 2 Peter. John’s gospel consists of two main parts: the “Book of Signs” (days 33-34), chronicling seven miracles performed by Jesus, and the “Book of Glory” (day 35),detailing his death and resurrection.
- Day 31 p. 351-358 read all of 1 Peter
- Day 32 p. 359-368 read all of 2 peter until the end of Jude
- Day 33 p. 369-382 read Goepel of John ch1 - ch 6 until “...was later to betray him.”
- Day 34 p. 382-395 read until “...what the Father has told me to say.” John ch7- ch12
- Day 35 p. 395-408 from John ch 13 read until the end of John
Reading Plan Week 6 - 10th to 14th April
This week, we’ll cover Hebrews and James. Like Matthew, these books offer a uniquely Jewish perspec- tive on our faith. We’ll also read the action-packed gospel of Mark. You will have some questions and would value some discussion on what you have read, remember we meet like a book club to do just that. These gatherings are a chance to immerse ourselves in the story together. They’re not about finding all the right answers or settling every interpretive debate. We honour each person’s questions and insights—and encourage one another in your reading! Happy reading!
Meet for an hour on Wednesday 19th April at 11.00am in the church
Like Matthew, the books of Hebrews and James are addressed to a predominantly Jewish audience. Hebrews is a plea for Jewish believers to stay faithful to the Messiah (days 26-27), while James (day 28) is a collection of practical wisdom, much like the Old Testament book of Proverbs. Mark’s gospel (days 29-30) presents the story of Jesus as a two-part drama, with each part containing three acts.
- Day 26 p. 291-297 read until “...to whom we must give account.” Hebrews up to end of ch 4
- Day 27 p. 297-309 read from Hebrews ch 5 until the end of Hebrews
- Day 28 p. 311-318 read the book of James
- Day 29 p. 319-334 From the beginning of Mark read until “...not to tell anyone about him.” Mark ch 8:30
- Day 30 p. 334-350 from Mark 8:31 read until the end of Mark
Reading Plan Week 8 - 24th to 30th April
We’ve come to the final week of our Community Bible Experience. This week, we’ll read 1-3 John, followed by one of the most unique books in the New Testament: Revelation. After this week’s reading, you’ll meet one more time with your group. Spend some time reflecting on your journey. How did God speak to you? How did your reading affect your understanding of Scripture? Share your experience with our congregation. Write something for the magazine or the website. Finally, take a moment to celebrate what you’ve accomplished. Reading the entire New Testament is a major achievement! WELL DONE
What do you do now - start again!!!!!
Meet on Sunday 30th April at 3.00pm or Wednesday 3rd May at 10.00am in the church
John’s first letter emphasises the importance of believing that Jesus came in the flesh, while his second and third letters instruct churches on how to deal with false teachers and faithful ministers of the gospel, respectively. Revelation is an apocalyptic book meant to encourage persecuted believers to endure to the very end.
- Day 36 p. 409-423 read 1 John, 2 John until the end of 3 John
- Day 37 p. 425-431 read Revelation ch 1 to end of ch3 until “...what the Spirit says to the churches.”
- Day 38 p. 431-444 Rev ch 4 -ch 16 read until “...because the plague was so terrible.”
- Day 39 p. 444-453 Rev 17 read until the end of Revelation