The Good Book Club: Read the Bible With Us During Lent/Easter 2018
Christ Episcopal Church hopes you and your family will participate in The Good Book Club with us this Lent and Easter. The Good Book Club is an invitation to all Episcopalians to join in reading the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts during Lent-Easter 2018. Episcopalians will start reading Luke on Sunday, February 11 and read a section of Luke’s Gospel every day through the season of Lent. The entire season of Easter will be devoted to daily readings from the Book of Acts. Already, individuals, congregations, and organizations have committed to being a part of the Good Book Club, and we hope you’ll join the journey too!
Why read the Bible? People who read scripture with an open heart grow in faith through their encounter with the sacred stories of the Bible. We know this to be true in our personal experiences — and we have research to back it up. RenewalWorks, a Forward Movement research-based initiative, has data from nearly half a million participants that identify scripture engagement as a key catalyst for spiritual vitality in congregations and for individuals. In other words, if you want to grow and strengthen your faith, reading scripture is the perfect exercise.
Why Luke and Acts? We love sequels, and Luke-Acts provides a wonderful two-part narrative. Luke tells the wondrous story of Jesus’ birth, ministry, teaching, death, and resurrection. Acts picks up where Luke leaves off and tells the story of the earliest disciples through the lens of Peter and Paul and the real star of the show — the Holy Spirit. Written by the same author, the books are accessible, and the story is a page-turner!
How will it work? Forward Movement has created a set of daily readings to divide Luke and Acts into 50 days each. Each day, participants will read a few verses of Luke or Acts. Readers of Forward Day by Day can easily follow along, with Luke and Acts guiding the reflections during Lent-Easter 2018. Make sure to follow Christ Episcopal Church on Facebook where we will share additional weekly resources for reflecting on the readings.
How much does it cost? The Good Book Club is free. You can download the reading list and read Luke and Acts for no charge.
Who is doing this work? The Good Book Club is an initiative of Forward Movement. In addition, many partners from across the church are joining in the project. Partners include The Episcopal Church, The Center for Biblical Studies, Episcopal Church Women, Acts 8, ChurchNext, Episcopal Church Foundation, and many others. Visit the partners page to see the full list—and keep checking as we expect to add more.