The Institute for Bible Reading is committed to putting our research into action by creating real resources to catalyze the Bible Reading Movement. So we partnered with Tyndale House Publishers to create Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience, our signature program and our best work yet.
Immerse is designed to help churches make regular, intentional Bible reading a core piece of their community’s identity. Using a Bible designed for reading at length, churches are invited into 8-week experiences that take them through large portions of the Bible together. By participating in two experiences per year, churches can read through the entire Bible together in three years.
It’s not a Bible study. It’s ultimately an invitation to a vibrant, transformative relationship with God and with each other through his Word.
“In this culture the screen always wins, they say. But when the Messiah New Testament is opened up in our class…you can hear a pin drop.”
Nathan SmithBible Teacher, Calvin Christian
“What a blessing. What a tremendous benefit it has brought to the Brooklyn Tabernacle.”
Jim CymbalaPastor, The Brooklyn Tabernacle
“People said this is the greatest thing this denomination has done in a long time, or as long as they can remember. I got comments like that.”
Michelle SanchezEvangelical Covenant Church Denomination
“It built community alongside of them being instilled in the Word.”
Melissa WallLead Pastor, DeerGrove Covenant Church
It starts with a new kind of Bible. Using all of the latest research on typography and page design, we created a Bible with one goal in mind: to provide the best reading experience possible.
Immerse: The Reading Bible restores the Bible’s text to its natural literary form: stories look like stories, songs look like songs, and poetry looks like poetry. Rather than traditional chapters and verses, each book is formatted based on the natural literary structures the authors incorporated when the books were first composed.
No chapters, verses, or other modern additives
Line spacing and filigrees indicate natural literary sections
Chapter and verse ranges included for reference at the top of each page
Books that were separated, such as Luke and Acts, have been put back together
Generous margins and line spacing make for a comfortable reading experience
Line length and number of characters have been scientifically determined for the optimal readability
Immerse uses the extremely readable New Living Translation (NLT)
In some cases we reordered the books in a way that makes more sense for cover-to-cover reading. For example, we rearranged the New Testament so that all four Gospels aren’t bunched at the front, and Paul’s letters are in approximate chronological order rather than the traditional order of longest to shortest.
A New Rhythm For the Church
Once we have a Bible made for reading, the best thing we can do is read it together. Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience is a whole-church program built on three core ideas: reading a naturally formatted Bible, reading at length, and having unmediated discussions about it together.
It’s how the church interacted with the Bible for centuries, only to be lost recently. We’re bringing it back.
Year 1 – Book 1 Immerse: Messiah New Testament
Year 1 – Book 2 Immerse: Beginnings Genesis – Deuteronomy
Year 2 – Book 1 Immerse: Kingdoms Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel-Kings