The world-wide Seventh-day Adventist community Sunday clocked five days into its 1,171-days-journey of reading all the 1,189 chapters in the Holy Bible.
The spiritual journey, aptly named 'Revived by His Word', was launched on 17 April and coincides with this year's Spring Meeting of the church. It will take Seventh-day Adventist Church members three years and three months to complete the Biblical journey the church hopes will go a long way in uniting its members.
'Revived by His Word' aims to encourage every church member to allow the Holy Spirit transform their lives as they mediate and pray over one chapter of the Bible each day.
Seventh-day Adventist Church World President, Ted N.C. Wilson, told the Seventh-Day Adventist Church: Euro-Africa Division newsletter that 'Revived by His Word' had the "potential to unite the entire church around God's word, make a difference in millions of lives, and act as a catalyst for regular and systematic Bible study.
"I would like to invite every church member to join the worldwide family of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in reading one chapter of the Bible a day, beginning April 17, 2012, and concluding during the General Conference Session in summer of 2015.
"I am confident that this journey through the Bible together will draw us closer to Jesus (Christ). As we prayerfully read and meditate upon God's word, each will be led to a renewed experience with the Savior as we look forward to His soon second coming," Wilson said.
Wilson hoped that, by reading one chapter a day and two chapters during the General Conference Session, millions of participating church members will be able to sail their way through the thicket of the Bible and understand it better.
And, to help those with access to the internet, an online component has been established and is being featured on the Revival and Reformation website. It is being sponsored by the world church's Ministerial Association, offering surfers the opportunity to share devotional thoughts.
The new initiative goes in tandem with the founding principles of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Among others, Adventists believe that their church owes its existence to the Bible, that they (Adventists) are a Bible-based, Bible-reading people.
According to the newsletter, the study of God's word has three major components that lead to revival: providing the foundation for true revival; stimulating, fostering, and sustaining true revival, and; counteracting false revivals.