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Reading Challenge 2017

Reading God's Word. Growing Together.

20&17 Reading Challenge

The Challenge

From 2014 through 2017, we want to challenge and encourage the whole church to thoughtfully read through the Bible and memorize 80 scripture verses.


The Bible is God's Word and essential to the transformation of a follower of Christ. As we read, reflect, struggle with, and put into our hearts God's Word, we will see our lives transformed to impact our world. Reading the Bible as a whole allows us to have a complete picture of God's love and redemptive plan for His creation. This year we want to look at memorizing scripture through systematic theology. That sounds intimidating but it simply means studying the doctrines of our faith in an orderly, rational, and coherent manner. It takes the topics of Christianity (e.g. God, Man, Sin, Jesus) and attempts to summarize them and put them in order. Theology is the study of the science of God. We seek to understand God and His creation, particularly us and our condition, and God’s redemptive working in relationship to us. It asks the question: What does the Bible teach us?


Easy! In 2014, we memorized 20 verses and read 14 books. In 2015, 20 verses and 15 books. In 2016, 20 verses and 16 books. In 2017, 20 verses and 17 books. We encourage you to memorize 2 verses each month, February - November, and to read the plan as a church body, using the following questions as we go to really grasp God's truth.

Five Questions

  • Who was the original audience for this book/passage? Why is that important?
  • What does this book/passage say to a contemporary audience?
  • What is the main truth of this book/passage?
  • How does this truth affect your life or how should this truth transform your life?
  • How can I apply this truth today to my life?

We will be using the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible for all print, digital media and congregational recital.

20&17 Books and Verses

Books to Read 


1 Chronicles          

1 Corinthians        

2 Chronicles          





2 Corinthians        









Verses to Memorize 

February:  John 5:39 Psalm 1:1-2

March:  Exodus 3:14 Proverbs 16:9

April: Genesis 1:27 Isaiah 43:7

May:  Psalm 51:3-4 Ephesians 2:1

June:  John 1:14 John 8:58

July:  John 11:25-26 Galatians 5:1

August:  2 Corinthians 5:1 Ephesians 2:4-5

September:  Ephesians 1:13-14 Acts 1:8

October:  Ephesians 5:25 Ephesians 4:12-13

November:  John 14:3 Philippians 3:20-21

Bonus verses and a printable version of the books and verses can be found HERE.