2020 Bible Challenge


Bishop Lewis has been encouraging the clergy and laity of the Virginia Conference to read the Bible in a year since 2017. Each year has featured a different way of reading. 

• 2017- read the Bible straight through
• 2018- read the Bible chronologically
• 2019- read the Bible in a blended style; a mixture of Old Testament readings and New Testament each day.

For 2020, Bishop Lewis is challenging the entire conference to read the Bible with a thematic reading plan.
The thematic plan is found on www.intentionalbygrace.com and Bishop Lewis has selected the following themes below for 2020. Links are provided below as well to access the Bible readings for each theme . 
• January 1-January. 21 (21-day plan): Seeking God’s Presence  (Click here for pdf of Scripture)
• January 22- February 11 (21-day plan): Knowing God  (Click here for pdf of Scripture)
• February 12- March 3 (21-day plan): Intentional Living  (Click here for pdf of Scripture)
• March 4- March 24 (21-day plan): Redemption   (Click here for pdf of Scripture)
• March 25- April 14 (21-day plan): Fruit of the Spirit: Love   (Click here for pdf of Scripture)
• April 15- May 5 (21-day plan): Fruits of the Spirit: Joy  (Click here for pdf of Scripture)
• May 6- May 26 (21-day plan): Fruit of the Spirit: Peace   (Click here for pdf of Scripture)
• May 27- June 16 (21-day plan): Fruit of the Spirit: Patience  (Click here for pdf of Scripture)
• June 17- July 7 (21-day plan): Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness   (Click here for pdf of Scripture)
• July 8- July 28 (21-day plan): Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness   (Click here for pdf of Scripture)
• July 29- August 18 (21-day plan): Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness   (Click here for pdf of Scripture)
• August 19- September 8 (21-day plan): Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness   (Click here for pdf of Scripture)
• September 9- September 29: Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control   (Click here for pdf of Scripture)
• September 30- October 20: Trust   (Click here for pdf of Scripture)
• October 21- November 10: Mercy   (Click here for pdf of Scripture)
• November 11–December 1: Bearing Fruit   (Click here for pdf of Scripture)
• December 2-December 23: Cares of this world   (Click here for pdf of Scripture)
• December 24- January 13: Rest   (Click here for pdf of Scripture)

There are 18 plans to cover this year. Each is 21 days long. Start at the beginning and work through the year (and a few days into January 2021)!
In this new year, challenge yourself to study the Bible and strengthen your faith in the process.

Tips on reading the Bible daily:
• Start reading the Bible today.
• Set aside a specific time and place each day. Set your schedule and then stick to it. Mornings are great; but feel free to use any time that works consistently with your schedule.
• Get a good study Bible to help to illuminate the meaning of the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek text.
• Choose a translation to use during your reading.
• Say a short prayer to God before you begin, asking the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and understanding.
• Dive in and enjoy the richness of God’s Word! Apply God’s Word to your life. Bible study should be practical and applicable. These seven steps will help you begin a journey in becoming a “lifelong learner” of God’s Word.

 

The Cross and Flame is a registered trademark, and the use is supervised by the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of The United Methodist Church. Permission to use the Cross and Flame must be obtained from the GCFA, Attn: Legal Department, PO Box 340029, Nashville, TN 37203-0029; phone 615-369-2334; fax 615-369-2330

Background photos courtesy of VDOT.

The Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church
10330 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5606
(804) 521-1100
Click here for directions to the Center