The Salvation Army is inviting people to take on the New Testament Bible Challenge to read the whole book in a year.
Starting with the gospel of Matthew from Monday 4 March 2013, the challenge is to read all 260 chapters of the New Testament, one chapter each weekday, over 12 months.
The New Testament Bible Challenge initially ran at Hythe Salvation Army church in 2010, as an idea from corps officers Captains Phil and Karen Layton. Recognising other reading plans tackle the whole Bible, the corps chose instead to read the New Testament only.
The experience transformed the worshipping congregation who were joined by other churches and Bible study groups through the UK and the world thanks to the internet.
After taking a year off, Phil was approached by The Salvation Army’s leadership to run the challenge again in 2013, this time for members and friends of The Salvation Army throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Phil says people shouldn't be daunted by the task of reading the entire New Testament: "The Bible has only 260 chapters so, for the 52 weeks in the year, people need to read only five chapters a week. It is a perfect plan even for those with busy schedules as it is easy to catch up on missed weekday chapters at weekends.
"The challenge is for everyone whatever your age, background, faith, or previous experience of the Bible. You can read each chapter on your own, with friends, or link up with your nearest Salvation Army centre to find a local Bible study group."
There are online reading plans and discussion notes for the New Testament Bible Challenge as well as a Bible Challenge app designed for use on both iPhones and Android devices, or by emailing: Bible.Challenge@SalvationArmy.org.uk