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Last updated 4th March 2019

Bishop's Bible Challenge

A Message from Bishop Julian

At the heart of Vision 2026 lies the call for Christians to be first and foremost disciples of Jesus Christ. That entails in part a deeper commitment than attendance at services of public worship, a more generous giving of time, talents and money in promoting the Gospel and growing God’s Kingdom, and a better knowledge of the Scriptures, God’s revelation of who He is, what He has done and what He requires.

On the latter point and starting in 2019, I am encouraging us to learn key verses of Scripture, to create a kind of internal treasure store of the promises and command of God. The major launch will be at the Primary Visitations of Churchwardens in May, but as from the beginning of January 2019 there will be a verse at the top of the prayer diary for each day.

Twelve verses (one a month for a year) have been chosen for each of three themes of making disciples, being witnesses and growing leaders, hence 36 verses in all. The idea is that in 2020 we shall find a way of concluding this Bible Challenge. I commend it to the Diocese as a way of growing as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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