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This Fall we will resume our Immerse adventure in the Bible! Last Fall we read the entire New Testament together—preaching about it in worship, reading it on our own, and discussing it in small “book-club” groups. Many of you have commented how different that experience was from any Bible study you have ever done—and many of you have requested that we do more Immerse!

Immerse is different from other Bible reading because it is not a “study”—it is reading the Bible the way it was written—in large chunks so we can see and understand the flow of the story. Can you imagine reading any other book just a few sentences at a time? You could never remember where you were! For many of us, our Bible reading gives us that same problem. So with Immerse we will be reading a larger part of the Bible each day (ok, five days a week—you have two days to rest or catch up!), and discussing what stood out to you, what surprised you, what confused you, what it taught you about God and about how God is calling us to live.

This Fall we will be reading Immerse Beginnings –this is the first five books of the Bible—where everything begins. Many of the most famous Bible stories are
here: Adam and Eve, Noah, Babel, Abraham, the Exodus, Moses, the Ten Commandments. This is the launching pad of the greatest story ever told! I hope you will join us.

We will be launching Immerse Groups in mid- September. You will also be able to buy the Immerse Beginnings book. Like Immerse Messiah, this is a paperback book, and it is printed for reading, not research. No footnotes, no chapter or verse numbers (they were all added long afterwards!), just a clear flow of the story, and all in a very clear and understandable translation (the New Living Translation). Many folks said this was the most readable and accessible Bible they’d ever used. The book costs $10, but don’t let that deter you—if the cost is a barrier, please let us gift you with a copy.

I hope you will join us this fall and dive into Scripture in a new way!

If you are interested in an Immerse Group, in helping to facilitate or host a group, or in getting a copy of Immerse Beginnings please let the office know or sign up below!

For more information about this visit Beginnings Resources – Immerse Bible (tyndale.com)

The Immerse Bible uses the New Living Translation,

which is a reliable and very readable translation of the Bible.  This Bible also has a unique layout and book order.  The pages are laid out like a normal book, so we don’t get distracted by notes and numbers that can make the Bible feel like a reference book instead of a narrative we are licing in today. 

This site https://www.tyndale.com/sites/immersebible/beginnings-resources/ has short introductory videos and a free audio clip for each day’s reading!   It is very easy to listen to the passage, and follow along in your book.  Or listen while you are in the car or working in the yard!  You can also subscribe (for free) to the Immerse Messiah podcast in your favorite podcast app on your phone which gives you the same readings in a podcast form. 

You DO NOT need to buy an Immerse book to participate—you can read your own Bible, listen to the readings, or read the NLT on line (see, e.g., www.bible.com or www.biblegateway.com).  We will make a chapter and verse reading plan available to make this easier.  If you do want to get a copy of Immerse Beginnings, you can get an ebook from Amazon or Barnes and Noble, or you can get a hard copy from us.  They will cost $10.  If you’d like a book but can’t afford one, just let us know and we will get you one.  Some generous donors have already offered extra money to cover extra books!

You can get all the details at www.ImmerseBible.com.  

The key parts of Immerse are:  Reading in Community 

Reading –actually getting to read the foundational books of the first testament and see how the authors shaped their work and how God speaks to you is amazing.  You can read or listen to Immerse for free.  This schedule is doable!  Each week we only have 5 days of reading, so you can catch up if you miss.  If you get behind, you can jump ahead to the current reading and keep going!

–in Community!  This part is critical.  We will be walking through the readings in worship, but can only address a short part of the week’s reading in a sermon.  So the really essential part is gathering in groups to discuss each week’s reading.  This is more like a book club than a typical Bible study.  You do NOT need any other resources or any Bible background to do this!  Immerse works great whether you’ve read the Bible a lot, a little, or really never. 

So PLEASE join an Immerse group.  Some of our existing groups are choosing to do Immerse together, and some are not.  Many of our Nites Out groups are choosing to do Immerse, and we hope that many new groups will form to do this.  You do not need any special knowledge or experience—just gather some friends and talk about what you read! 

Families can do Immerse Together! 

We have a special guide for families with children to experience Immerse together.  Each day there is a shorter version of the reading (just about 2 pages or less) and a few questions to think about.

Beginnings Family Guide

Beginnings QuickStart Bookmark 

Beginnings Group Leaders Guide 

 

What to read when?  

Download the quickstart guide for the 8 week schedule. If you are reading along in a regular Bible, the chapter and verses for each day are listed in the Chapter and Verse reading guide.

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