When Do We Start?
Our congregation read through Immerse: Messiah, the first of the Immerse Reading Bibles on September 30th, 2018, and concluded this portion of the journey on the week of November 18th.
We then read through the next portion, Immerse: Beginnings, in the Spring of 2018. Immerse: Beginnings covered the first five books of the Old Testament.
We are planning the next section to be Immerse: Kingdoms in either May or Sept of 2019. Kingdoms presents a new and unique journey through the story of Israel from the time of its conquest of Canaan (Joshua) through its struggle to settle the land (Judges, Ruth) and the establishment of Israel’s kingdom, which ends in a forced exile (Samuel–Kings). The nation of Israel, commissioned to be God’s light to the nations, falls to division and then foreign conquest for rejecting God’s rule.
To Immerse yourself in this journey, make sure to sign up on one of the sheets in the back of the Narthex at church. You can also send a message to the church office using the form at the bottom of this page. The congregation will order all the books for those who signed up, purchasing them at a discount and with free shipping. The cost per Immerse Bible is $14.00. IF FINANCIAL CONCERNS ARE PREVENTING YOU FROM PARTICIPATING, PLEASE SPEAK TO PASTOR. GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE TO COVER THE COST.
We tend to reserve the Parish Hall on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:00 pm as a ‘default’ meeting time for discussion groups. We will gather there and break into groups of 10-12 people to hold our discussions. ANY GROUP THAT WISHES TO MEET SEPARATELY AT A DIFFERENT TIME IS WELCOME TO DO SO.
What can I do to get the most out of it?
1. Commit to reading each volume of Immerse: The Reading Bible as you would any other
book, from start to finish. The first goal here is to experience the different books of the Bible as
complete and unique writings. The more books you read, the more you will see the overall story
emerging. The point is to have a fresh experience of the Bible in this simple, natural format.
2. Read the assigned readings each day. Don’t skip the book introductions; they help
set the stage for your reading. Many people say reading and listening to the audio version at the
same time is very helpful. Try to make your reading a part of your daily schedule. See it as an
opportunity and not a task.
3. As you read, think about the questions that you will use to begin your discussion. You
can find these at the bottom of the Quick Start Guide that comes inside the book. Feel free to
make notes in the book or in a separate journal. Write down your observations, questions, and
4. Meet once a week in community groups to talk about what you’ve read. Treat these
gatherings more like a book club—open, honest conversations about your reactions to that