Throughout 2011 the Methodist Church is encouraging churches and individuals to deepen their discipleship by focusing on the Bible. This particular year marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, which brought the Scripture to people in the English langage and, when read aloud, had a dramatic effect on church attendance and people's lives.
What better opportunity then to celebrate Scripture as a gift from God and take up the challenge of encouraging people to read the Bible; engaging with it in fresh, life-changing ways to become effective disciples of Jesus Christ in the 21st century. We want people to live Bible lives with confidence and compassion in their relationships, workplaces and communities.
This focus on the Bible is a starting point for becoming more serious about our discipleship and reminding us of our roots as a disciple-making movement. John Wesley said we were raised up by God to bring "Scriptual Holiness" to the land. we want to learn how to do this in ways that deepen our love of God and neighbour and make the Bible more accessible to others.
Here are some links to Biblefresh resources that you might be interested in:
The Biblefresh Big Ideas book : available from www.biblefresh.com
New Methodist Discipleship webpage : www.deepeningdiscipleship.org.uk
'Discipleship...and the people called Methodists' by The Revd Dr Martyn Atkins : available from www.methodistpublishing.org.uk
The Methodist Prayer Handbook : available from www.methodistpublishing.org.uk
'Glimpses of the Word' by The Revd Alison Tomlin : available from www.methodistpublishing.org.uk
Festival Planning Pack : www.deepeningdiscipleship.org.uk
LICC Tool Kit : www.licc.org.uk/engaging-with-culture/licc-toolbox
CODEC - exploring the interfaces between the Bible, the digital environment and contemporary culture : www.dur.ac.uk/codec
DISCIPLE - becoming disciples through Bible study : www.methodist.org.uk/disciple
A Word in Time - an online BIble study following the lectionary of the Methodist Prayer Handbook : www.methodist.org.uk/bible
The Big Read - find out more information at : www.deepeningdiscipleship.org.uk
The Methodist Art Collection : www.methodist.org.uk/artcollection
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