Let’s admit it—the Bible seems long and boring. Large chunks of it feel irrelevant to everyday life. But what if there’s more to the Bible than inspirational stories and encouraging quotes to make us feel better? What if the Bible was meant to be hard? Is there really a payoff for pushing through the Bible’s confusion and complexity?

There most certainly is.

We believe the full library of Scripture, all 66 books, create one unified story that points to Jesus. Any investment you make will pay off. No discipline has the potential to impact your life more than spending quality time getting to know your Bible every day. Even (and maybe especially) the parts that are weird or hard to understand.

These Bible Engagement resources are here to help you take the next step in your Bible journey. As you read Scripture for yourself, you will not only discover its beauty and power, but our hope is that you will also grow closer to Jesus than ever before.

REAding plans

One of the best ways to stay engaged with Scripture throughout the year is to use a Bible reading plan. Find a plan that fits you online or in your local bookstore. We recommend the Read Scripture Plan or the M’Cheyne One Year Bible Reading Plan (available on YouVersion).

Read Scripture Plan

M’Cheyne One Year Bible Reading Plan

apps we like!

Here are four fantastic apps that allow you to take the Bible with you wherever you go. 

- Read Scripture (free) walks you through 16 inflection points of Scripture with videos from our friends at The Bible Project. 

- Fall in love with listening to the Bible with the Dwell Scripture listening app (free version and paid version available). 

- YouVersion is the Bible app (free). With hundreds of reading plans and devotionals, you can highlight, make notes and share insights with friends. 

- The Verses app is a great resource for meditating and memorizing scripture (free and paid versions available).

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Books we like

Understanding your Bible may be easier than you think. Tap into the wisdom of thousands of years of Bible study and scholarship through Bible commentaries and other resources. Here are a handful we recommend.

Podcast recommendations

You don’t have to read your Bible alone. Listen to the thoughtful consideration of the meaning of Scripture’s overarching storyline, key words and themes on The Bible Project podcast, hosted by Dr. Tim Mackie and Jon Collins. In addition, we think you’ll love Dr. Mackie’s sermon podcast Exploring My Strange Bible.

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Foundations: Understanding the old & New Testament

We have created two resources that we think can really help you understand your Bible. These resources are meant to be done with a leader who you can discuss what you are learning with and answer any of your questions. 

1) Understanding the Old Testament

2) Understanding the New Testament