Three Bible agencies – the Bible Society, Scripture Union and Wycliffe – have joined forces to stimulate Bible reading across Britain and Ireland as part of Biblefresh in 2011. The challenge will be launched this autumn.
The ‘E100 Bible Reading Challenge’, based around 100 carefully selected Bible readings – 50 from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament – is designed to give people a good understanding of the Bible story from Genesis to Revelation. The E stands for essential; each of the 100 readings ranges from a few verses to a few chapters.
The programme is flexible and can be adapted to the context of the local church. Participants are encouraged to build a regular habit of spending time with God through Bible reading and prayer.
James Catford, chief executive of Bible Society, said, ‘We want to see people everywhere using, trusting and living the Bible. This provides a wonderful means of encouraging Christians to read parts of the Bible unfamiliar to them’.
Eddie Arthur of Wycliffe UK said, ‘E100 will not only give participants an overview of the whole message of the Bible, but they will also gain a sense of just how much God longs to communicate not only with them, but with people in every part of the world’.