04 January 2015

The General and Commissioner SilviaThank you for joining us on this journey through the New Testament, as tens of thousands of Salvationists worldwide unite to read Scripture together.

Whether you are using the booklet, the website, mobile app or social media to follow the programme, our prayer is the same: that each one of us would meet with God through his Word.

We are reminded in Hebrews 4:12 that the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword.

To be truly effective in our ongoing mission we must be armed with a thorough understanding of God’s mission. Our international vision of One Army, One Mission, One Message (‘We see a God-raised, Spirit-filled Army for the 21st century – convinced of our calling, moving forward together’) can only truly be realised through our first mission priority: We will deepen our spiritual life.

The Whole World Reading is exciting because it allows us to do just that. We urge you to set aside a few minutes every day to read these life-changing words, to ponder them, to pray about what they mean in your own local, national and international context and for us as a potent Salvation Army.

We encourage you to share your experience too. Speak the Scriptures, in the oral tradition described in Deuteronomy 11:19: Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Talk about them during your family meal times, in small groups, with prayer partners and with friends – either in person or with people worldwide via social media (use the #boundlessbible hashtag!).

May 2015 be a truly blessed one for you and for The Salvation Army right around the world, as we unite in this Bible reading challenge and discover – or rediscover – the wonderful treasure that God has given us.

God bless you.

General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox