For many in our churches the Bible has become tedious and toxic rather treasured, trusted and true. The aim of the Biblefresh initiative is to encourage a greater confidence and passion for Scripture across the Church.
For 2011, Biblefresh became a movement of hundreds of churches, agencies, colleges, festivals and denominations to encourage people, particularly within the church, to stop viewing the Bible as a toxic text, and find new ways to engage with passion with the Bible.
2011 was the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Version of the Bible and therefore the Evangelical Alliance identified a unique opportunity for the Church to focus its attention on the Word of God.
Investigate the archived Biblefresh resources and blog posts
Churches, and their members, were asked to look for opportunities to raise levels of Biblical understanding through the following four areas:
- Reading: Many Christian struggle to read the Bible regularly, especially ‘ingesting’ the message.
- Training: Attend online seminars, a Christian Festival, for refreshment and training in how to read the Bible
- Translation: The Bible Society and Wycliffe Bible Translators sought funding to translate the Bible for those in Burkina Faso.
- Experience: Experience the Bible in new ways, including more creative ways, or trips to the Holy Land.
The event definitely had an impact as many in churches around the country helped Christians to gain skills in handling the Bible and a passion for hearing and obeying God’s Word.
- Biblefresh: Was it a success? (Report, April 2012)
- The Biblefresh year in numbers (Infographic, April 2012)
The impetus for The Big Bible Project came from Biblefresh (as well as The Big Read in the NorthEast), especially drawing upon this aim:
Whilst we want to encourage personal Bible reading, we recognise that the Bible was written to be read in community. When we study the Bible together rather than alone, we are less likely to skew the message, as each person brings a different perspective.
When Biblefresh came to an end, we at The Big Bible Project thought that there was so much good material that we’ve agreed to archive the resources, and look forward to finding ways of building upon the materials that can now be widely shared.