Below you’ll find a summary of Frequently Asked Questions about our Bible study. In addition to this summary, there are a series of videos which go more in depth on each question as well as others. If you are already a member of our group, you can view the list of those videos by clicking here.
Do I have to be on Facebook to take part in this study? A Facebook account is required in order to take part in our daily discussion group. However, you can read along on your own by visiting SeekingScripture.com. Please note that you must request membership in the group during the admittance window, which takes place throughout the month of December. If you do not request to join during this window you will have to wait another year until membership opens again.
I have a friend who wants to join, how do they do that? Membership is only open for a small window of time each year as we begin together and end together. Currently, membership for the 2022 reading cycle is open December 6-31, 2021. New members are welcome to join us during this time. Please visit this link and request to join. When requesting, make sure you agree to the rules in order to be approved. Anyone requesting membership after December 31 will need to wait another year until membership opens again. We begin our new cycle January 3, 2022.
What Bible translation do I need? Our group has a firm policy that the best Bible translation is the one you’re going to read. Please feel free to use your favorite translation. You will notice that Christy uses ESV in her notes. This is not to denote ESV as superior to others but a single translation needed to be chosen in order to program the site to pull up Bible verses when mentioned in notes. In this study you will learn how to use your Bible translation as a jumping off point, utilizing free tools to dig deeper into other translations for greater insight. However, a single Bible in the translation of your choice is all that is needed.
What denomination is this group? Our group is made up of folks from all walks of the faith with a common goal of seeking to grow closer to our Father through study of His word. You can read the author’s faith statement here.
What do I need to take part? Your Bible. A seeking heart and a positive attitude are great bonuses, though!
How does the group work?
Readings are posted in the group each morning at 4:00 AM so that they are available at whatever time works best for you. Each day group members need to visit the group directly at a time they choose to find a link to the readings and notes pinned at the top of that group. Of course, we love it when you take time to greet the group on the thread so please do that if you can. You are also welcome to take part in the group discussion on that day’s thread as well. You’ll find this group is welcoming, encouraging, and very insightful.
Weekend readings: Each day of the year that He is our God, we are His child and therefore we spend time in His word. However, weekend readings are handled a little differently to allow our admin team time to rest and spend with their families. Therefore, weekend readings are posted around 4:00 PM Friday afternoon and comments are turned off in the group for the weekend (with the exception of the prayer thread, which is always open). Note that all times mentioned are always in the Central time zone.
I suggest choosing a set time each day to help develop a pattern of daily reading.
Important note: it is not Facebook’s job to remind us to read our Bibles. Please do not rely on a facebook notification to let you know the readings have been posted but rather make a habit of visiting the group yourself each day.
What if I get behind? Things happen, we understand. If you find yourself getting behind in the readings it is strongly encouraged that you not try to catch up but instead, jump right back in where the group is. You can catch what you missed on the next go around but we’ve found that trying to get caught up just piles guilt upon guilt. You got behind due to lack of time and it is unreasonable to assume you could then allot double or triple the amount of time to getting caught up. Often, this guilt ends up pulling you out of the reading cycle altogether. Instead of that, show yourself some grace and dive right back in where we are.
What reading plan will we be using? Each year we read through the entire Bible in one year. Printable readings plans are available at this link.
Is there a prayer thread? We have a prayer thread that is always open 24/7, for requests. The entire group frequently prays over these requests but we also have a dedicated prayer team who prays over these requests as well. Note that information on the prayer thread is privileged information. Anyone who shares this information outside of the group will be removed from the group.
What are the group rules? For a group of this size, it is vital to have clear and easy to follow rules. As these are very simple, it is expected that each group member follow them at all times.
Kindness And Manners Are Required- If you can’t say something nice, this isn’t the place for you. We spend our energy studying the Word and loving one another, leaving no time or energy left to judge how our siblings walk.
No Political Talk – This includes topics that have been politicized. Our goal is to read the wholeness of the Father’s Word so that we can grow closer to Him and live according to His ways over our own. I know avoiding politics gets hard sometimes so I recommend sitting on your hands to keep them from typing until the urge passes. Grace is shown once. Repeat offenders won’t last much longer than that.
No Bad Language Or Bad Behavior- This includes inflammatory, unkind, or demeaning remarks. With a group this size, we simply don’t have time to watch over folks who kick up trouble.
No Links To Gofundme Or Similar Pages Allowed – Please share these on your personal wall rather than the group. Any links such as these will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be removed from the group.
Prayer Thread – Prayer requests are welcome! Please share your prayer requests to the Prayer Request thread. You can add your requests at any time as this thread is always open for comments. By adding prayer requests to this thread it enables us to see them all and your request won’t get lost in the shuffle.
Arguing : Fruit Check –We will not argue with one another. Respectful discussion is wonderful and we are all free to do that, but we will do so in a way that lines up with the fruits of the spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
Bible Translations – We will be respectful and kind with regards to Bible translations, knowing that we all have different preferences. It is the policy of this group that the best Bible translation is the one you will read and we leave it at that.
Respect For Brothers and Sisters – We will respect one another’s differences in how we walk out our faith and obedience to God, knowing that will look different for each of us.
Season Your Words With Grace And Kindness –We want to encourage our brethren in their reading of the word. Tone can be difficult to convey in text so please make every effort to be kind, gentle, and grace filled in your comments. If your comment comes across as brash or unkind, it will be removed and you then have an opportunity to rephrase it in a gentler manner. If we have to remove repeated comments over a period of time you may be removed from the group.
Extra-Biblical Books, Etc – Please avoid extra-Biblical books, links to other sites (other than known Bible sites), social media teachings, youtube, etc. This can cause confusion & discouragement for first time Bible reader
Each member of the admin team has full authority to enforce these rules to the extent they deem appropriate to any given situation. We may show discretionary grace but there remains an expectation of adherence to group rules.
Our 2022 Reading Cycle begins January 3, 2022. Make sure you get your request in before the December 31 deadline and set a reminder to tune into the group each day beginning January 3.