by Major Curtiss Hartley
A challenge from General André Cox gives every Salvationist in the Central Territory the opportunity to join with the whole Army world in reading through the New Testament in 2015. Salvationists who sign up and commit to the weekly readings not only will receive a reading schedule and study questions but also a free English or Spanish Bible.
Just as countless Salvationists around the globe joined in Boundless…The Whole World Praying earlier this year, it is hoped they will participate in Boundless…The Whole World Reading, which begins January 5, 2015.
“We pray this initiative generates excitement and enthusiasm across the territory for reading God’s Word. I’m going to participate in the Bible reading challenge and hope you’ll join me,” said Commissioner Paul R. Seiler, Central territorial commander.
According to Lt. Colonel Paul Smith, territorial secretary for program, the Bible reading challenge is intended to be easy and flexible to fit all needs. Boundless….The Whole World Reading may be used as an individual Bible reading program or in small groups in corps or centers.
In order for the New Testament to be read from beginning to end, the program will cover five chapters of scripture each week. Receiving an age-appropriate Bible, children who participate will have one weekly reading and a simple activity based on the same chapters being read by adults. A printed study booklet outlining the reading plan will be available in English, Spanish, Korean, French and Portuguese. Additional commentaries and expanded resources will be available online through a dedicated website. Since congregations have different needs, they may also utilize additional local resources that would work best for their situations.
The Bible for participants in the Central Territory will be a gift from Territorial Headquarters. “We hope Salvationists will take their Bible to Sunday morning meetings and Bible studies at their corps and make it personal by writing in it insights they hear during worship service, Bible study or personal reflection,” said the territorial commander.
The territorial corps mission and adult ministries department, led by Major Carol Wurtz, will give logistical support to the Bible reading challenge.
It’s hoped as this wave of Bible reading sweeps across the Army world throughout our 150th anniversary year that God will speak to us individually and corporately.
Sign up online at salarmycentral.org today.