the whole story
What is this?
In 2019, Cornerstone Church will go through the entire Bible as a community. Through a tool called The Bible Project, we will participate in daily readings which go from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22 and, by Christmas Eve 2019, we will have read the entire bible through as well the Psalms two and a half times. Additionally, our messages on Sunday will line up with where we are in the reading plan. This is a year-long project that you can jump into at any time, and put as little or as much effort into as you want. The tools, readings, and plans will be provided for you. All that is required is your willingness to dive in. We will begin as a church on January 1st, 2019.
Start late, fall behind, or lose steam? Don’t sweat it! You can jump in at any time. Catch up through various videos, on the app, or by coming to any Sunday service!
Don’t know which translation to use? On Sunday mornings, we typically refer to the 2011 NIV. If you have children, or you prefer smooth reading, we suggest the NIRV or The Message. For those of you who love transliterations, we suggest the ESV. There are many translations and versions to learn from and grow in; find one that helps you understand and learn best!
Don’t have a smart phone? You can see every video on the Read Scripture YouTube channel! Access the videos about the Old Testament here, and the videos about the New Testament here. In addition, you can find the weekly reading plan here.
Want to learn more? Check out our YOB Resources page where you can find book recommendations, videos, and more to help you grow as a student of scripture.
Want to see the entire reading plan? Click here!
Why are we doing this?
We believe that scripture is alive, active, and powerful; and, in order to live out our mission of being a community shaped by the gospel for the renewal of all things, we need to know the whole story. Our goal is to link arms and go through the narrative together, coming out on the other side as a people truly molded and changed by the Word of God.
Where do I start?
Throughout the year, we will be using a tool called Read Scripture which was created by the Bible Project. You can learn about that here and download the app from the App Store. Here are some steps to get started.
Download the Read Scripture app on your smart device. In the app, you will have access to a daily reading plan, which will take 15 to 20 minutes, the scripture itself, and videos to watch that will teach you the context and meaning of the text. The app provides visuals and guided moments for a restful and nourishing quiet time. Every day you will read from either the Old Testament or the New Testament, and you will read a Psalm for devotional purposes.
Get a paper bible. We suggest reading along in a paper bible. This allows you to take notes, flip across the whole story, and be physically present with the Word of God. Don’t have a bible? We have one for you!
Develop a routine. It takes 30 days to make or break a habit. We suggest finding a time you can devote to getting into the Word everyday. Developing a routine can better equip you for consistency and growth. Mornings before work, at the dinner table with family, or right before bed are great places to start. Find a time that is right for you where you can focus and be present and mindful.
Get a reading partner. Whether it’s your spouse, a friend, your children, or a total stranger, having someone to read alongside and encourage you is a great step to take. Not only will you have someone to help hold you accountable to reading, but you will grow in community and friendship.