Do you have questions about how Community Bible Experience might work for you and your church? Please check out our FAQ’s below, or contact us with any further questions you may have.
Has Community Bible Experience been designed to replace other forms of Bible reading/study?
Absolutely not. ‘Reading big’ is never a replacement for ‘digging deep’ or meditating on a few verses – it is complementary to them both. Each of us might be more familiar or comfortable with one style over another but we should never limit ourselves to one approach (or translation) when it comes to engaging with God’s word. We must immerse ourselves in the breadth and depths of this incredible gift from God.
What Community Bible Experience offers is an excellent opportunity for anyone at any stage of their journey to engage with the full picture of God’s story! This provides a great foundation and context for more detailed study of chapter and verse. It also helps develop a love for God’s word and his people. After all, whenever we study a book the first thing we do is read it – all of it – before digging down into the detail of key messages and characters etc.
There is a lot of reading involved – what if I or others in my group fall behind?
If you’re not used to carving out time to read the Bible (or any other book), reading 12 pages a day might appear too big a challenge, but it is possible – even for non–readers. The support and accountability of your community group is hugely important and can help you get back on track if you’ve missed a few days – the free days over the weekend allow for this. However, if you fall behind significantly we would suggest that you jump to the page the rest of your group are on and read the section you missed at the end. You could also catch up using the mp3 audio. Also, if you have members of your groups for whom reading is difficult they may wish to go through the whole New Testament using the mp3. Using the audio is not a ‘cheat’ it is how most people have experienced the Bible for much of history.
Can it be used with non–Christians?
Very much so. Community Bible Experience is very well suited for use with non–Christians. The simple formatting of the text and book club style provides a non–threatening way for people who have never read God’s word to engage with His story and discuss it with others.
One of the videos on the Biblica Europe YouTube channel – Jim’s Story – speaks of how a non–Christian husband and father came to faith through Community Bible Experience.
What about children?
There are Community Bible Experience resources just for children so that families can take part together. Each day the children can listen to their own audio version and read along using an accompanying transcript (in the NIrV), if able. There are even notes for the parents to help guide chats about that day’s reading. A number of churches have integrated this very successfully into their adult campaign and we would be very happy to discuss ideas with you.
What about young people?
Some churches have chosen to have their young people read the whole New Testament alongside the adults (the NIV has a reading age of 12), others have used the Luke–Acts resource instead which requires less reading each day and is completed in 6 weeks. Whichever way you choose to do it, we would highly recommend that you include your young people. It is so important that they develop a good understanding of God’s story and a love for His word early in their journey.
What if we don’t think we can meet every week?
There is no doubt that small groups meeting weekly will cultivate the community aspect of Community Bible Experience most effectively. Encouragement, accountability and shared learning is vital to the campaign. Individuals or groups meeting less frequently will find this hard to replicate and it may have a negative impact on the overall Bible reading experience.
However, there is more than one way to achieve this. A number of churches who didn’t have existing weekly small groups have come up with creative ways to address it and we would be more than happy to chat through what would work best for you. Also, as CBE develops there will be new and exciting opportunities to use it in ways that may look a little different from the ‘traditional’ church small group and we would love to hear your ideas and feedback on this.
Why do you ask us to ‘sign–up’ – what do you mean by this?
Community is a fundamental part of Community Bible Experience. Listening to others, learning from their insights and being encouraged by them, is essential as we seek to read and live the Bible well. This is also true of building a movement of change more widely across the Church. We want to join with others as we further explore and develop Bible engagement that is both meaningful and transformative. We seek to provide tools for this journey but this will only be possible if developed in relationship with churches and ministry providers on the ground. We hope to build these relationships as we serve the local church by subsidising the cost of resources and supporting leaders embarking on this journey.
We at Biblica will:
Provide all the resources a church/group will need, including print copies of the Programme Book, for every participant at the subsidised cost of £5 per copy.
Offer unlimited access to all our digital supporting materials, including the Welcome Pack, eBook, audio files, videos and more.
Walk with the church/group in this journey, ready to answer questions and hear feedback at any stage. Supporting the church/group through
Community Bible Experience and beyond.
Pray for your church and community!
A Participating Church will…
Champion Community Bible Experience, with the goal of getting as many people as possible to read together. Over the last few years, we’ve learned that Community Bible Experience works best when it’s treated as a “whole church” campaign, even when the main focus is on outreach.
Share the Community Bible Experience story at the start of your campaign in order to help your community catch the vision for reading big, reading in context, and reading together.
Share their group’s experience with us and others, including individual stories and the overall impact of reading the Bible in this way. And of course any challenges you faced along the way.
How do we sign up?
You can sign up on our website or contact the Biblica Europe office and a member of staff will discuss with you how Community Bible Experience could work in your church.