FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Indianapolis, IN, June23 , 2022 According to the American Bible Society’s 2020 State of the Bible report, only 9% of survey respondents read their Bible regularly, and Bible engagement had been consistently decreasing over the few years leading up to the survey.
The Three Chapters Project (the Project) was conceived to affect this trend by encouraging Bible-believing Christians to engage with the Bible by spending time reading and listening to three or four chapters daily. Every day the Project will send an email, to everyone who enrolls, with a link to a video of three or four chapters being read,along with the written words; so, by listening and reading along daily, a person will have heard and read the entire Bible over the course of a year.
A typical day’s readings will include a chapter from the Old Testament, a chapter from the wisdom or poetic books, and a chapter from the New Testament. The plan starts with readings from Genesis 1, Job 1, and Mathew 1, and works through those divisions in order. Because the math doesn’t work out perfectly, there will be days with two Old Testament chapters and either a poetic or New Testament chapter; and, there will be some adjustment days that will include readings from four chapters.
So that people can join throughout the year without starting their reading plan in the middle of the Bible, the Project is launching a new course on the first of every month. A course simply refers to a year-long period during which the Bible is read from beginning to end. The Project is registering in June and July for its inaugural course, which starts on August 1, with Day 1 of the plan. The next course, for those that don’t get signed up for the August Course, is the September Course, which will start on September 1, also with Day 1 of the plan – and so on.
While individuals are welcome to sign up, the Project hopes church, small group, and ministry leaders will see the Project as a tool they can use to exhort their members to read the Bible as a group – even families are encouraged to sign up as a group. The system is set up so that if a church, small group, or ministry registers with the Project, they will receive a link to a registration form that is unique to their church or ministry. When shared with their membership, everyone registering through that link will automatically be associated with their organization and enrolled in the course they are following.
Once a church or ministry is registered, all that is required for individuals registering to follow along with them is a first name and email address. Although registration is free for anyone who wants to participate, the Project is looking at potentially hefty costs of streaming video to subscribers 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. They are hoping to cover the initial streaming and other costs through a crowdfunding campaign at givesendgo.com/threechaptersproject, with the ongoing cost being borne by those users who can afford to support the Project out of their abundance.
Example video: https://threechapters.org/daily-video/day-1
Fundraising campaign: https://givesendgo.com/threechaptersproject