Bible in A Year 2023

During 2023, Beverley Baptist Church plans to dig deeper into God’s Word by going on a journey through the Bible in a Year (BIAY). We will be using the Tyndale Chronological Reading plan, which arranges the text of the Bible into date order, to give a better understanding of the story of God’s love and grace as it unfolds. There are lots of different ways that you can take part in our journey – you can choose those which will be most helpful for you. Please click on the questions below to find out more.

How can I connect with Bible in a year?

Services/sermons

Throughout 2023 we will journey chronologically through the Bible in our Sunday morning services, starting with an all-age introductory service on 1st January 2023. Our services will take us from Genesis through to Revelation over the year, although we will take a break from the BIAY plan for important festivals like Easter and Christmas. As far as possible, the Sunday services will link in with the daily reading plan. As usual, we will be videoing our weekly services and they will be available to view on the website, so you can catch up if you miss a week.

Daily readings

If you want to join us in reading the whole Bible in a year, we will be sharing the full daily reading plan here on the website, and publishing each week’s readings in our email newsletter, “Buzz”. The daily readings are typically about 4 chapters long and will take you about 20 minutes to read. If you think that is going to be too much to manage, we will also be sharing a summary reading for each day. These will typically be about one chapter, or 5 minutes reading, and will take you through the main stories of the Bible text, in parallel with the main reading plan (you can mix and match!)

Tyndale offer the full New Living Translation reading plan, for free, via the Youversion Bible app too, or you can follow One Year Bible Online on Twitter or Facebook.

Families

As well as the daily readings, we will share family-friendly, multimedia resources to explore throughout the year, so that families can journey through the Bible together. 

Children’s groups

We are creating a brand-new Sunday School programme for 2023 that will follow the same journey as the adults, in an age-appropriate way.

Discussion Group

For those who want to dig deeper, there will the opportunity to get together once a month to talk about a key theme from that month’s readings. It’s also a chance to share what we’ve learnt over previous weeks, and to talk about passages we have found more challenging. We’ll be meeting at The Armstrong Centre on Sunday afternoons, on the third Sunday of each month, beginning on Sunday 15th January at 4pm.

Resources

All the readings and additional resources will be available online here on the church website. If you are aware of any other useful resources as we go through the year, please share them with the church office (office@beverleybaptist.com) and we can add them to the website. 

General Resources

The following are general resources which may be helpful throughout the Year in order to help you in your reading and understanding of the Bible. They come from a range of theological traditions and perspectives; while we believe they will be useful we do not endorse every word, and we always remember that the only truly authoritative Word of God is the Bible applied to our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

http://bible.com/r/2oV provides the Tyndale Chronological Reading plan for the YouVersion app which is available on Android, iphone/ipad, or Kindle Fire devices.

The Bible Project has many useful videos, including introductory overviews of every book of the Bible, and several key themes. Direct links to many of these will be featured at the appropriate place in the reading plan.

Enduring Word Commentary is often a helpful starting point if you are struggling to understand the meaning of a particular passage.

American Catholic priest Mike Schmitz produces a daily podcast of scripture readings and reflections covering the Bible in a Year. Please note that he uses a different reading plan to ours, but the search function on the site should help you find the episode for the appropriate passage.

Saddleback Kids, cover much of the Bible with their video stories. The channel can be a little tricky to navigate, but we will link to many of their videos in the daily resources.

The Bible Project: What is the Bible?
The Bible Project: The Story of the Bible

Genealogy of Abraham

World of the Patriarchs Map

The Book, “Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes,” by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien is a helpful introduction to how we can bring our own cultural assumptions to the Biblical text, and shows how a better understanding of the culture of the day can open up the Biblical text in new and unexpected ways.

Readings for the week 1st – 7th January

General resources for this week
The Bible Project: What is the Bible?
The Bible Project: The Story of the Bible
The Bible Project: Genesis 1-11
The Bible Project: Genesis 12-50
The Bible Project: Chronicles

Daily Reading Plan
Date: Sunday 1st January
Main Reading: Genesis 1:1 – 3:24
Shorter Reading: Genesis 1:1 – 2:3
Children: Creation: Genesis 1-2 video, Creation: Genesis 1-2 another video
Families question: Does it make a difference knowing that we exist because of God, not just random chance?
God saw that all he had made was good. What difference does this make to how we treat the world?

Date: Monday 2nd January
Main Reading: Genesis 4:1 – 5:32; 1 Chronicles 1:1-4; Genesis 6:1-22
Shorter Reading: Genesis 3:1-24
Children: Adam and Eve Sin
Families Question: Why does it matter if we don’t do what God tells us to do? How does it affect our relationship with him?

Date: Tuesday 3rd January
Main Reading: Genesis 7:1 – 10:5; 1 Chronicles 1:5-7; Genesis 10:6-20; 1 Chronicles 1:8-16; Genesis 10:21-30; 1 Chronicles 1:17-23; Genesis 10:31-32
Shorter Reading: Genesis 7:6-16; Genesis 8:13-22
Children: Noah’s Ark , Noah
Families Question: Do you think it was easy for Noah to build the ark? What might have made it hard?

Date: Wednesday 4th January
Main Reading: Genesis 11:1-26; 1 Chronicles 1:24-27; Genesis 11:27-14:24br>
Shorter Reading: Genesis 11:1-9
Children: Tower of Babel (Genesis 11),
God’s Story: Tower of Babel
Families question: Why did the people try to build a tower to heaven? How do we sometimes act the same way?

Date: Thursday 5th January
Main Reading: Genesis 15:1 – 17:27
Shorter Reading: Genesis 12:1-4; Genesis 15:1-6; Genesis 17:1-4
Children: Abraham and Lot (Genesis 12-13)
Families question: If someone asked you to follow them but didn’t say where you were going would you follow?Why was Abraham right to follow God?

Date: Friday 6th January
Main Reading: Genesis 18:1 – 21:7
Shorter Reading: Genesis 18:1-15; Genesis 21:1-7
Children: Abram to Abraham (Genesis 15-21), Sarah laughs
Families question:Are there things God has said (maybe in the Bible) that you find hard to believe? Can the story of Abraham help you?

Date: Saturday 7th January
Main Reading: Genesis 21:8 – 23:20; Genesis 11:32; Genesis 24:1-67
Shorter Reading: Genesis 22:1-18
Children: Sacrificing Isaac (Genesis 22), Abraham’s Big Test – The Bible App for Kids
Families question: This is a difficult story. What would Abraham have felt when God told him to sacrifice Isaac? The book of Hebrews tells us that he believed that God had promised Isaac to him so even if Isaac died God would somehow bring him back to life. Are there hard decisions you face where remembering God’s promises could help? And which promises might you want to remember?

Readings for the week 8th – 14th January

General resources for this week
The Bible Project: Genesis 12-50
The Bible Project: Chronicles

Daily Reading Plan
Date: Sunday 8th January
Main Reading: Genesis 25:1-4; 1 Chronicles 1:32-33; Genesis 25:5-6, 12-18; 1 Chronicles 1:28-31, 34; Genesis 25:19-26; Genesis 25:7-11
Shorter Reading: Genesis 25:19-34
Children: Bible Lessons: Isaac and Rebecca, Bible Stories for Kids: Isaac and Rebecca
Families question: God had promised to bless the world through Abraham’s family. But the family still had a part to play in helping that promise to come true. Can you think of things we can do to help bring God’s promise of blessing to the world?

Date: Monday 9th January
Main Reading: Genesis 25:27 – 28:5
Shorter Reading: Genesis 27:1-29
Children: Esau gives away his birth-rights
Families Question: Esau and Jacob both acted in ways they shouldn’t have done. Can you list some of them? How should we act towards other people in our family?

Date: Tuesday 10th January
Main Reading: Genesis 28:6 – 30:24
Shorter Reading: Genesis 28:10-22
Children: Jacob and Esau
Families Question: How does it make you feel to know that God still wants to bless us even when we do some bad things? Perhaps there are things you need to say sorry to God for and ask his forgiveness.

Date: Wednesday 11th January
Main Reading: Genesis 30:25 – 31:55
Shorter Reading: Genesis 30:25-43
Children: Jacob’s Ladder
Families question: God met Jacob in an ordinary place, while he was asleep. Can you think of ordinary actions and places that sometimes help us feel near to God? Some of you may have memories of specific times and places where God has seemed particularly close to you, and have been in that sense a gateway to heaven.

Date: Thursday 12th January
Main Reading: Genesis 32:1 – 35:27
Shorter Reading: Genesis 32:22 – 33:11
Children: Jacob and Rachel
Families question: How do you think Jacob felt when he found he had been tricked? It can be difficult when we feel we have worked hard at something and it hasn’t gone to plan. How should we respond to this disappointment?

Date: Friday 13th January
Main Reading: Genesis 36:1-19; 1 Chronicles 1:35-37; Genesis 36:20-30; 1 Chronicles 1:38-42; Genesis 36:31-43; 1 Chronicles 1:43 – 2:2
Shorter Reading: Genesis 35:1-15
Children: Jacob and Esau make peace, Jacob wrestles with God
Families question:Can you think of a time where you have been scared to do what you know is right? Sometimes we fight God even though we know his way is best. Does it make a difference to know that God wants to bless us and fight for us not against us?

Date: Saturday 14th January
Main Reading: Genesis 37:1 – 38:30; 1 Chronicles 2:3-6, 8; Genesis 39:1-23
Shorter Reading: Genesis 37:1-36
Children: Jacob and Esau
Families question: Following feedback, we will be providing a ‘catch up’ night approximately once per week to enable families to catch up if they have missed a night. If you have missed part of the story of Jacob and Esau you could watch it tonight. Alternatively the video above from Saddleback Kids tells the whole of the story – you could watch this and think about what is your favourite part of the story, and what you have learnt from the whole story of Jacob and Esau.

Readings for the week 15th – 21st January

General resources for this week
The Bible Project: Genesis 12-50
The Bible Project: Job

Daily Reading Plan
Date: Sunday 15th January
Main Reading: Genesis 40:1-23; Genesis 35:28-29; Genesis 41:1-57
Shorter Reading: Genesis 39:1-23
Children: Joseph and his coat (Genesis 37)
Families question: Joseph and his brothers all did things they shouldn’t have done, can you list some of them? What can we learn about how we act towards each other?

Date: Monday 16th January
Main Reading: Genesis 42:1 – 45:15
Shorter Reading: Genesis 41:1-36
Children: Joseph in Egypt (Genesis 39-41), Bible stories for kids: Joseph in Egypt
Families Question: Joseph ended up in some really bad places but God helped him to do well in those situations. How does God want us to live when we find ourselves in places we would rather not be?

Date: Tuesday 17th January
Main Reading: Genesis 45:16 – 47:27
Shorter Reading: Genesis 42:1-17
Children: Joseph interprets dreams in prison
Families Question: The chief cup-bearer forgot about Joseph once he was released from prison. Do we sometimes take help from other people for granted? Are there people we need to remember to thank?

Date: Wednesday 18th January
Main Reading: Genesis 47:28 – 50:26
Shorter Reading: Genesis 45:1-15
Children: Joseph interprets Pharoah’s dream
Families question: God was with Joseph even through the really touch times in his life, and eventually brought him to a place of blessing. How can this help us at times when we are face difficulties or are struggling to see what God is doing?

Date: Thursday 19th January
Main Reading: Job 1:1 – 4:21
Shorter Reading: Genesis 47:1-12
Children: Joseph Forgives (Genesis 42-45)
Families question: How do you think Joseph’s brothers felt when they found out who he was? How might they expect him to react? What difference did it make to them that Joseph forgave them, and how might this encourage us to forgive others?

Date: Friday 20th January
Main Reading: Job 5:1 – 7:21
Shorter Reading: Job 1:1-22
Children: Genesis overview- as we finish our first book of the Bible, and it’s one of the longer ones, take chance to talk about what you have enjoyed, and what you have found difficult. Perhaps pick your favourite story and watch the video again
Families question: What was your favourite part of Genesis and why? What bits did you struggle with and why? What have you learned about God from the book of Genesis? What have you learned about people?

Date: Saturday 21st January
Main Reading: Job 8:1 – 11:20
Shorter Reading: Job 2:1-13
Children: The book of Job is different from the book of Genesis.
Most of it is people speaking rather than telling the story. So instead of telling a bit of the story each day, we will look at the whole story in increasing depth over the next week. This first video gives a brief summary of the story as Job experienced it. Job: Old Testament Stories for kids
Families question: Sometimes sad and difficult things will happen in our lives. God told Job that even in the bad things God is there for us and we can trust him. How does this help us to get through difficult times? Maybe you are finding something hard at the moment and you can ask God to help you to know he is with you.

Readings for the week 22nd – 28th January

General resources for this week
The Bible Project: Job

Daily Reading Plan
Date: Sunday 22nd January
Main Reading: Job 12:1 – 14:22
Shorter Reading: Job 3:1-26
Children: This version of the story of Job goes into more detail of what is going on behind the scenes. Job: Animated Bible Story for kids (Apologies about the watermark but it is hopefully still a useful video
Families question: Job couldn’t understand what was happening because he only saw part of the picture. How does it help us to know that God sees the big picture and wants the best for us?

Date: Monday 23rd January
Main Reading: Job 15:1 – 18:21
Shorter Reading: Job 7:1-21
Children: Over the next 3 days we will see the whole story of Job as told by the TV series Superbook. The video will be the same for each day, but we will watch it in 3 parts. For today watch the first 10 minutes: Superbook: Job
Families Question: Everyone is surprised that Job still praises God even after all the terrible things that have happened. How can we help one another to keep our faith even when it is difficult?

Date: Tuesday 24th January
Main Reading: Job 19:1 – 21:34
Shorter Reading: Job 11:1-20
Children: The second part of the Superbook episode, watch from 10 minutes through to about 16:11: Superbook: Job
Families Question: Job says that the hard things he has suffered are worth it because he knows that if he keeps faithful he will see God. Does this bigger picture help us to see things in a different way?

Date: Wednesday 25th January
Main Reading: Job 22:1 – 25:6
Shorter Reading: Job 19:1-29
Children: The final part of the Superbook video, from 16:10 to the end: The second part of the Superbook episode, watch from 10 minutes through to about 16:11: Superbook: Job
Families question: God forgives Job and his friends and blesses Job. How does it help us to know that God always wants the best for us even when things don’t always go right?

Date: Thursday 26th January
Main Reading: Job 26:1 – 29:25
Shorter Reading: Job 20:1-11
Children: Job was suffering, but not as a result of anything he had done. His friends weren’t much help. Many in the world still suffer for reasons outside of their control, but the church can help them to see how God is with them and to improve their situation. This video is one example of how Tearfund is helping many including children.
Families question: How can we pray for people around the world who are suffering today?

Date: Friday 27th January
Main Reading: Job 30:1 – 31:40
Shorter Reading: Job 23:1-17
Children: This is a catch up day, an opportunity to watch any videos you have missed, or to re-watch your favourites.
Families question: What have you learned from the story of Job which will change how you view the things that happen in your life, and what God does for you?

Date: Saturday 28th January
Main Reading: Job 32:1 – 34:37
Shorter Reading: Job 27:1-6; 28:1-28
Children: We are going to move onto our next Bible book now (a little bit ahead of the main reading plan).  This is the beginning of the book of Exodus. Baby Moses | Stories of the Bible
Families question: For Moses to be saved lots of people had to do some brave and difficult things. Can you name some of them and what they did?

Readings for the week 29th – 4th February

General resources for this week
The Bible Project: Job
The Bible Project Book overview: Exodus 1-18
The Bible Project Torah series: Exodus 1-18
Map of the Exodus

Daily Reading Plan
Date: Sunday 29th January
Main Reading: Job 35:1 – 37:24
Shorter Reading: Job 32:1-5; Job 35:1-16
Children: Moses and the burning bush
Families question: Why do you think it was so hard for God to convince Moses that he would be with him? Why do we sometimes find it hard to believe what God is saying to us?

Date: Monday 30th January
Main Reading: Job 38:1 – 40:5
Shorter Reading: Job 38:1-18
Children: Moses and the Exodus
Families Question: Why do you think Pharaoh was so stubborn about not letting the people go? Can we sometimes get stubborn about doing something a particular way even it’s actually not the best idea?

Date: Tuesday 31st January
Main Reading: Job 40:6 – 42:17
Shorter Reading: Job 42:7-17
Children: The plagues, part 1
Families Question:

Date: Wednesday 1st February
Main Reading: Exodus 1:1 – 2:25; 1 Chronicles 6:1-3; Exodus 3:1 – 4:17
Shorter Reading: Exodus 1:8-10; Exodus 1:22 – 2:10
Children: The plagues, part 2
Families question:

Date: Thursday 2nd February
Main Reading: Exodus 4:18 – 7:13
Shorter Reading: Exodus 3:1-22
Children: Today’s video explains more about the Jewish feast of Passover, why and how it is celebrated today.
Families question: The Jewish people celebrate Passover every year as being set free from slavery in Egypt was a key moment in their history. What meal do we regularly celebrate as Christians, and are there links between this and Passover?

Date: Friday 3rd February
Main Reading: Exodus 7:14 – 9:35
Shorter Reading: Exodus 7:1-13
Children: Crossing the red sea
Families question: The Israelites had no way out, but God made a path for them through the sea? Think if there are things in your life where you are not sure which way to go, and ask God to make a clear path for you.

Date: Saturday 4th February
Main Reading: Exodus 10:1 – 12:51
Shorter Reading: Exodus 12:1-16, 29-30
Children: This is a catch up night, an opportunity to watch any videos you have missed, or to review parts of the story of the Exodus from Egypt.
Families question: God worked powerfully to set his people free from slavery. How can this encourage us if there are things in our life which make us feel trapped?

Readings for the week 5th – 11th February

General resources for this week
The Bible Project Book overview: Exodus 1-18
The Bible Project Torah series: Exodus 1-18
The Bible Project Book overview: Exodus 19-40
The Bible Project Torah series: Exodus 19-40
Map of the Exodus
The Bible Project podcast: The ten commandments

Daily Reading Plan
Date: Sunday 5th February
Main Reading: Exodus 13:1 – 15:27
Shorter Reading: Exodus 14
Children: Moses in the Wilderness
Families question: The people were not grateful for what God had done, but complained about the things they felt were wrong. What can help us be thankful rather than complaining?

Date: Monday 6th February
Main Reading: Exodus 16:1 – 19:25
Shorter Reading: Exodus 15:22 – 16:18
Children: God’s Story: The Wilderness
Families Question: How many things can you think of which God did for the people, which should have convinced them he was with them? In what ways does God show himself to be with you?

Date: Tuesday 7th February
Main Reading: Exodus 20:1 – 22:15
Shorter Reading: Exodus 19:1-9, 16-25
Children: Bitter water made sweet
Families Question: Moses couldn’t understand why God had brought the people to a place where the water couldn’t be drunk. But God had a miracle planned. Are there things you don’t understand about what God is doing in your life, where you need to ask him to help you see something special?

Date: Wednesday 8th February
Main Reading: Exodus 22:16 – 24:18
Shorter Reading: Exodus 20:1-21
Children: The battle against the Amalkites: Video 1, Video 2
Families question: The Israelites only won when Moses, Joshua and Hur worked together. What does this teach us about needing to work with others for God’s will to be done?

Date: Thursday 9th February
Main Reading: Exodus 25:1 – 28:43
Shorter Reading: Exodus 24:1-18
Children: The ten commandments
Families question: How do you think Moses felt meeting with God on the mountain? Do we sometimes forget how amazing it is to be able to meet with God?

Date: Friday 10th February
Main Reading: Exodus 29:1 – 31:18
Shorter Reading: Exodus 25:1-22
Children:
Families question:

Date: Saturday 11th February
Main Reading: Exodus 32:1 – 34:35
Shorter Reading: Exodus 32:1-21
Children:
Families question: