Reading through the Bible together
Historically, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has founded its existence in the Bible. Adventists are a Bible-based,
Bible-believing, Bible-reading people. A new Seventh-day Adventist world church initiative titled “Revived by His Word,” coordinated by the Revival and Reformation Committee, is aimed at strengthening the spiritual experience of each church member.
“My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your Word.”
“Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible through the word of God which lives and abides forever.”
“And now brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”
“The study of God’s Word leading to a life-changing experience with Jesus is at the very heart of revival.”
Mark Finley, assistant to the world church president for evangelism.
“Nothing can possibly replace listening to God speak to us through His Word.” Armando Miranda, vice president for the world church.
“There is nothing more calculated to strengthen the intellect than the study of the Scriptures. No other book is so potent to elevate the thoughts, to give vigor to the faculties, as the broad, ennobling truths of the Bible. If God’s word were studied as it should be, men would have a breadth of mind, a nobility of character, and a stability of purpose rarely seen in these times.
Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ, pg. 90
Nothing can replace listening to God speak to us through His Word. Prayerfully meditating on scripture is a primary source of spiritual strength.
Church members are encouraged to read or listen to one chapter of the Bible each day beginning April 17, 2012, the first day of Spring Meeting.
The reading plan begins with world church President Ted Wilson joining the division presidents in reading Genesis 1 responsively. The presidents will conclude the initiative by reading Revelation 22 during the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas.
During the 1,171 days from Spring Meeting 2012 through the beginning of the General Conference Session on July 2, 2015, participants will cover the 1,189 chapters in the Bible. By reading one chapter each day and two chapters during the General Conference Session, millions of participating members will complete their journey through the Bible. An online component, featured on the Revival and Reformation website and sponsored by the world church’s Ministerial Association, allows participants to share devotional thoughts.
“Revived by His Word” will become much larger than reading or listening to one chapter of the Bible each day. It will direct the attention of the entire world church to the importance of knowing Jesus through His Word and encourage families to read the Bible together. In cultures where the Bible is not readily available, this initiative will encourage elders to gather the church family to read the Bible aloud. It is simple, practical and affordable.
“Revived by His Word” can unite the entire church around God’s Word and make a difference in millions of lives. It can be a catalyst for regular, systematic Bible study. The goal of “Revived by His Word” is to encourage every church member to allow the Holy Spirit to transform their lives as they meditate and pray over one chapter of the Bible a day. “I would like to invite every church member to join the worldwide family of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in reading one chapter of the Bible a day, beginning April 17, 2012, and concluding during the General Conference Session in the summer of 2015. I am confident that this journey through the Bible together will draw us all closer to Jesus. As we prayerfully read and meditate upon God’s Word, we each will be led to a renewed experience with the Savior as we look forward to His soon second coming.”
Ted N. C. Wilson