A New Bible Reading Plan for 2015
The new blog, Believe His Prophets, will include Bible chapters and passages from Ellen G. White.
By Andrew McChesney, news editor, Adventist World
(image)NEW BIBLE STUDY: A screenshot of the homepage for Believe His Prophets, a Web site that will host a new daily Bible reading from July 2015.
Revived by His Word, an online blog that tens of thousands of Adventists are using daily to read though the Bible, will not end when it reaches the book of Revelation in July.
Instead, the blog will relaunch under a new name, Believe His Prophets, and expand to include the writings of church cofounder Ellen G. White. People who follow the five-year study plan covering the 66 books of the Bible will also read though seven of White’s most popular books: Steps to Christ, Christ’s Object Lessons, and the five-volume Conflict of the Ages series.
“It’s going to be a wonderful blessing,” said Derek Morris, editor of Ministry magazine and an organizer of the daily Bible reading plans.
Morris, who announced the new plan this autumn during the Annual Council, a major yearly church business meeting, said e-mailed requests were piling up for Revived by His Word to continue long before the blog reached the New Testament in November.
“We have people saying, ‘Don’t stop. Maybe we could read it through again and read some Spirit of Prophecy,’?” Morris said. “So I believe that God is leading ahead, and we are following His leading.”
Revived by His Word, which was launched in 2012, couples each of the 1,189 chapters of the Bible with a reflective blog entry written by an Adventist Church leader or layperson. About 150 bloggers are expected to have contributed by the time the Bible reading wraps up at the General Conference session in San Antonio, Texas, in July.
Some blog entries from Revived by His Word will be republished under the new reading plan in a nod to readers who might have missed them the first time around. But White will become the primary “blogger” on days when her writings contain a nugget on the Bible chapter being read. In addition to the daily Bible chapter and blog entry, people will read one chapter a week from one of White’s books.
“Our ultimate goal is to inspire as many Seventh-day Adventists as possible to have a daily Bible reading process, to read through the Conflict series, Steps to Christ, and Christ’s Object Lessons,” said evangelist and project co-organizer Mark Finley.
Believe His Prophets got its name from 2 Chronicles 20:20: “Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”
The current reading plan, Revived by His Word, also encourages Adventists to read the Bible daily, and it was started with an aim of creating a positive online community, Finley said. Readers can comment after each daily blog entry.
“You can read some blogs and . . . some of them are quite negative,” Finley said. “But when you go on the Revived by His Word blog, positive, uplifting Adventists from all around the world are encouraging each other: somebody in Africa encouraging somebody in South America encouraging somebody in Europe. So there is this fraternity of family. We felt that this could not be just let go.”