“My hope is that people will fall in love with God’s word. That it is, within the pages, everything that we need to know how to live life abundantly. And that deep love for God’s word,” Harker said.
The groups, according to Andres, will gather weekly, mostly in Sunday school classes, to discuss that week’s reading. Organizers of The Bible in 90 Days at McFarlin hope that the small groups will bring many voices together allowing members to get a more comprehensive understanding of what the text is saying.
“Part of why I think that’s an important part to this is it provides accountability and support. One of the things that the church understands as part of it’s calling is that we do provide accountability and how it is God is revealing himself to us,” Andres said. “The people of God need to know God, and you know God best by being in God’s word.”
Launching the program in the summer was intentional, Harker said, hoping that the congregation will read the daily 12 pages as a family.
“Or if you travel during the summer or you are on vacation, everybody can do this together whether we are physically together or not. Our youth choir is going on tour as part of their mission and they have decided that is what they will do everyday; they will read 12 pages together. It seems every different area of the church has really gotten on board,” Harker said.
Andres has three hopes for the program.
“One of them is that people experience the value of being in scripture daily, whether that’s through a devotional book, whether that’s rereading the Bible. But that people experience new insight, new depth, new life in being in God’s word every day. I think I also have a hope that people who are not familiar with small groups or Sunday school experience what that kind of community can do in someone’s life.