Summer 2016 Reading Challenge

Matthew, Greek on parchment, 15th c-croppedJoin your family and the University Presbyterian Church community as we take up the challenge to read the Book of Matthew this summer – together. 14 weeks — all 28 chapters. It is in Matthew that we learn about the extraordinary life of Jesus, from birth to death. There will be very familiar stories and some surprises for each of us. Why not join together with your family and church community, and take the challenge?

Click here or below to download the summer reading calendar. This calendar is meant to be used as a guide to help you read through Matthew over the course of three months. You may decide to do the weekly readings all in one sitting, complete the readings every other week, or follow the readings exactly as printed.

Summer can be a time of spiritual growth, whether you are in church or traveling. This reading challenge is a wonderful way to share Scripture with your family. Each day’s reading can be used as a morning or evening devotional. Your reading will be enriched if you use a study Bible containing background information and notes that help interpret difficult verses. Below is a list of good study Bibles.

A wonderful, readable commentary on Matthew is Matthew for Everyone, Parts 1 and 2, by N.T. Wright (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004).

Be sure to look out for weekly bulletin and e-mail announcements that will challenge you to dig deeper with questions and reflections based off of the weeks reading.

Begin your summer reading commitment on Pentecost Sunday, May 15 with an all-church BBQ and potluck. What could be better than being and doing together!

Click here to download the printable READING CALENDAR.
Click here to download the WEEKLY QUESTIONS.

Recommended study Bibles include:

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV):

  • Discipleship Study Bible (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008)
  • New Oxford Annotated Study Bible (New York: Oxford UP, 2007)
  • Harper Collins Study Bible (New York: HarperOne, 2006)
  • New Interpreter’s Study Bible (Nashville: Abingdon, 2003)
  • The Student Bible (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996)

The Common English Bible (CEB):

  • The Common English Study Bible (Nashville: ET Lowe Publishing, 2003)
  • The New International Study Bible (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011)

The New International Version (NIV):

  • The New International Study Bible (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011
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