covenant COMMUNITY BIBLE EXPERIENCE
Starting at West Hills Covenant Church, Sunday, February 19, 2017.
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN?
What would happen if we actually read the Bible? Not a verse here or there, but the whole New Testament?
What if, instead of going it alone, we could have a real conversation about the Bible—one anyone can join, no matter where they are in their faith journey?
Covenant Community Bible Experience is about reading the Bible as it was meant to be read—whole books, in community. It will take you beyond Bible study, beyond reading in fragments, and beyond reading in isolation.
Discover the complete story. For eight weeks, let’s read big, read real, and read together.
WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT
During the Covenant Community Bible Experience, you’ll read from a revolutionary presentation of Scripture called The Books of the Bible.
When you open your copy, the first thing you’ll notice is that this is no ordinary Bible. There are no chapter or verse numbers. No study notes or cross references. No red lettering.
That’s because none of these features are original to the Scriptures. Most were added centuries later to help us find things. But the Bible isn’t a reference book; first and foremost, it’s a story. It’s a collection of books, each of which was meant to be experienced as a whole. Modern Bible formatting imposes a different structure on the text, one that encourages us to read in fragments.
The Books of the Bible is designed to be read from beginning to end. We’ve stripped away centuries of artificial formatting, leaving behind nothing but pure Bible text in a presentation that’s easier to read and understand.
We’ve formatted each book so you can see the natural section breaks put there by the authors. We’ve rearranged the books for easier understanding—for example,
putting Paul’s letters in a more chronological order (instead of longest to shortest), so you can follow along more easily.
The Books of the Bible features the complete text of the New Testament in the NIV®, the most widely read contemporary English translation of the Bible.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Want to participate? Great! You can get a print copy of The Books of the Bible New Testament at West Hills after church on Sundays for $5. You can also take advantage of the free audio version, kids' audio version or eBook (epub link).
Be sure to sign up so you can receive daily emails and links to audio and video files. West Hills is doing this for Lent, so select that start option.
SOUP & SCRIPTURE
SUNDAYS @ 6 PM - FEBRUARY 26-APRIL 9
Everyone is welcome to gather on Sunday evenings for a simple soup and book club-style discussion. This is a great time to invite your friends, family, and neighbors to join in experiencing God’s transforming love. Just show up at 6 pm in the West Hills Fellowship Hall and you'll be fed some yummy soup before breaking into groups and discussing that week's readings.