Bible Reading Drive 2023
Dear brothers and sisters-in-Christ, a warm welcome to the Wesley Bible Reading Drive (BRD) 2023! The Reading Drive was officially launched in 2016 to encourage all of us to read God’s Word every day as a spiritual discipline. BRD is part of one of the five faith environments (Significant Circumstances, Scriptural Obedience, Spiritual Relationships, Spiritual Disciplines and Sacrificial Service or C.O.R.D.S.) in which we can experience spiritual growth in our faith.
BRD will follow our church’s theme of Intentional Discipleship 2021-2024. As such we will be reading through the whole Bible over 4 years. For each year, we will read a good mix of Old Testament and New Testament books, covering narrative, prophetic books, a gospel, and epistles. There will also be a daily reading of Psalms. For 2023, our church theme is Intentional Discipleship in the Family, and our BRD will include the reading of Genesis, the Sermon on the Mount (Matthews) and 1 Corinthians, amongst other books.
In our daily reading of scriptures, we are encouraged to journal our reflections following the Read, Observe, Apply, Do (R.O.A.D.) format. Details of this format can be found in the next segment. We are also encouraged to close our time of reflections with a short prayer. The goal of BRD is for each of us to live out the Word of God in our lives and be transformed into the image of Christ. Pastors and leaders of our church will also be posting their personal reflections following the daily BRD (except Sunday) in Wesley Telegram. On Sundays, we are encouraged to reflect on the Psalms and on the sermon preached.
Jesus says in John 3:63, “the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life” (NASB). Let us dive into God’s Word together and nourish our souls and our lives!
Have a blessed 2023!
Chan Wai Lup
(Chairperson, Discipleship & Nurture)
On the R.O.A.D
What do you write in your journal?
- Use the R.O.A.D. format (below) to Read, Observe, Apply and Do what God is saying to you through the Scriptures.
- Read the Bible for formation, and not purely for information. In formational reading, you will be reading the Scriptures to discern and respond to what God is saying to you.
- Ask yourself what God is calling you to do or to be. How may you grow in Christ? What lessons of Christlikeness are there to be learnt? What examples of Christ are there to follow? What promises of God are there to claim? And what commands are there to obey?
- Write your feelings, thoughts and reflections down in your journal and then commit to put them into practice in your life. Allow God’s Word to transform what you do and how you live.
Using the R.O.A.D. Format
As you do the readings, use the R.O.A.D. (Read, Observe, Apply, Do) format to help you hear and respond to what God is saying to you through the Scriptures. Write your entries in your journal.
READ… or listen to the scripture readings for the day, inviting the Holy Spirit to give you understanding. Read it slowly. It is best to read through all the prescribed Bible passages. Then go back and read the passage/verse that you feel God wants you to focus on and which resonates with your spirit. Read that passage/verse a third time, slowly. Be willing to stay with portions of the text that seem to be speaking to you, and allow for times of silence and re-reading.
OBSERVE… what the passage/verse is about. When and where did the event happen? What was the context? Who were the people involved? What was the main message the writer had for the people of that time? As you re-read that particular section, take note of what you observe in that passage. In this segment, we want to also hear and explore more deeply the specific words, images or phrases through which God may be speaking to you. Allow these words to sink into our consciousness and to examine our relationship with God. Record your observations.
APPLY… the passage/verse to your life. What relevance has this passage/verse to your life? What are the lessons to be learned? What promises are there to claim? What examples are there to follow? What commands are there to obey? Look for all the possible applications for your life arising from what you understand the passage is saying. Here is when you move from information to revelation.
DO… what God has revealed to you. Choose one of the applications and commit yourself, with full dependence on God, to work out the application that very day. It may be to respond in worship, to act in faith on something, to trust in God’s promise, to correct a behaviour, to restore a relationship, to share the revelation with someone else, to serve someone in need, etc. When you do what is revealed to you, you move from revelation to transformation. Once you have carried out what God has purposed you to do, record your experience in obeying God’s revelation to you.
Be sure to develop a healthy habit of spending time daily with God.
On the Wesley Church App (Plans available in Jan 2023)
Download and Install
Click here and navigate to the “Download and Install” tab for instructions.
Accessing the BRD2023 Reading Plan
Click here and navigate to the “Using the App” tab for instructions on how to access the Reading Plans are also found on this link.
On iOS Platform (iPhone/iPad)
Go to App Store and search for “Reading Plan” by James H. Price.
Go to “Settings” by tapping on the icon with 3 horizontal lines at the top right corner of the screen.
Tap “Reading Plan”, and “View Available Plans”.
Scroll down the page listing all the available plans and locate “WMC-BRD2023”. Tap the “Download” button.
Tap “Done” to go back to “Reading Plan” in “Settings”. Select “WMC-BRD2023” by tapping on it.
Go to “Settings”. Tap “Bible Links” to choose the Bible App (e.g. YouVersion, Bible Gateway) of your choice.
Go to “Settings”. Tap “Start Date” and set the start date to “1 January 2023”. Click “Done”.
On Android Platform
Search and download “Quick Bible” from Google Play Store.
Tap on the icon with 3 horizontal lines.
In the drop-down list, tap “Reading Plan”.
On the next screen, tap on the “+” icon to get to the “Download” screen.
Click on the tab “BY ID”. Type in “wmcbrd2023” (case-sensitive).
After download, tap on the name “WesleyMC BRD2023“ to select the reading plan.
Next, tap on the date “Day 1: XX XXX XXXX”, and in the drop-down list, tap “Set Starting Date” and set it to “1 Jan 2023”.
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