AT MUNGER WE TEACH PEOPLE THE BIBLE.
And we believe that there is no better way to be filled with the love, wisdom, and joy of Christ than to read, learn, study, memorize, and savor the Bible.
In the words of Psalm 1, the person who “meditates day and night” on God’s law will be
like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that that person does, he or she prospers.
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN | DAILY BIBLE READING PLAN
What you are about to read is a priceless treasure, a masterpiece, a work of beauty, mystery, and incendiary power. John’s Gospel has been studied by candlelight, smuggled into prisons, and treasured in the memories of people who wanted to learn more about one man, Jesus of Nazareth. John tells fewer stories about Jesus than the other Evangelists, but the stories he does tell he tells in greater detail. John is like a master portraitist: he illuminates a few key scenes from the life of Jesus, wanting you to really see what this luminous man was like. Why? What was John’s purpose in writing his Gospel? He tells us:
Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:30-31)
Why did John create this extraordinary, beautiful masterpiece? So that we would believe. May his purpose be realized as we read our way through the Fourth Gospel.
Pick up a John booklet, with daily devotionals written by The Rev. Andrew Forrest, at the church or download it below. Subscribe to our pastor’s weekday blog posts on Mark: www.andrewforrest.org
OUR PASTOR’S DAILY BIBLE BLOG AND MAILING LIST
Each weekday our pastor, Andrew Forrest, writes a brief thought about that day’s assigned reading. The posts are mailed out every weekday morning at 4:00 AM central. See it and sign up here.
WHICH BIBLE TRANSLATION SHOULD I READ?
The short answer: it doesn’t really matter.
The longer answer: every translation is an interpretation, and every English translation of the Bible has strengths and weaknesses.
For example, the NIV translation is slightly more readable and colloquial as compared to the ESV translation, which is more rhythmic and faithful to the older English cadences—it sounds more “biblical” at times. Which is better? It depends on what you are wanting.
A Bible with cross-references (often called “a reference Bible”) is essential, as it will allow you to see the connections between biblical passages.
Some people find a study Bible (one which includes notes and commentary from various scholars) to be helpful—just remember that the notes are still someone’s interpretation.
Our pastor uses the Cambridge ESV Clarion Reference Black Goatskin Bible.
Visit Logos Books in Person!
Although the links above are Amazon links, we highly encourage Mungarians to check out which Bibles they like best by visiting Logos Books, an excellent, family-run Christian bookstore in Snider Plaza, University Park. They carries dozens of Bibles in stock, and only when you really open up a Bible and hold it in your hand can you tell if it’s the right fit for you.
In summary, pick whatever Bible you’ll be most likely to read, and be sure to compare and contrast bindings and sizes and formats, etc.
MUNGER AND THE BIBLE
We have seen growth and blessing since we started making the reading of scripture a priority in our church.
We first started reading the Bible together in 2017, when we distributed and then read through the One Year Bible.
In 2018, we read through the Bible again, using the Bible Project one year plan and app.
In 2019, we slowly read through the four Gospels.
In 2020, we read through Genesis, the Psalms, Ezra-Nehemiah, and Revelation.
In 2021, we are focusing on Paul and his letters.
(In 2022, we are going to begin the year reading through Exodus!)