Public Reading of Scripture

Public Reading of Scripture with Adventures in Odyssey

Listen along as your friends from Adventures in Odyssey introduce you to the powerful, biblical practice of public reading of Scripture!

Adventures in Odyssey characters read you the Bible!

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picture of Connie
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To help you and your family get started with the public reading of Scripture, we’ve got something special for you: a brand new, 30-day Bible reading plan, read to you by some of your favorite Adventures in Odyssey characters!

Listen along as Whit, Connie, and Jason from Adventures in Odyssey read to you from God’s Word. Each reading is the perfect length to listen to during a family meal, car ride, or anytime!

Listen to a quick introduction to the public reading of Scripture here:

To start listening to the 30-day public reading of Scripture plan with Adventures in Odyssey characters today, simply follow the instructions below for your preferred platform:

If you already have an account on the Focus on the Family app:

  1. Simply login to your account on the app.
  2. On the app home page, scroll down through the content menu and select Bring Your Bible 30-Day Public Reading of Scripture Plan.
  3. Start listening!

If you do not have an account on the Focus on the Family app:

  1. Download the Focus on the Family app from the Apple App or Google Play Store
  2. On the app home page, scroll down through the content menu and select Bring Your Bible 30-Day Public Reading of Scripture Plan.
  3. Before you can listen, you will be prompted to register. Create an account (it’s free) and start listening!

If you ARE already an Adventures in Odyssey Club member:

  1. Simply login to your account on the app, click Albums, and look for the cover art labeled Daily Bible Readings.
  2. Start listening!

If you ARE NOT already a Club member:

  1. Go to aioclub.org and either join the Club or sign up for the free trial.
  2. Once you’ve signed up through the website, download the Adventures in Odyssey Club app from the Apple App or Google Play Store
  3. Login to your account on the app, click Albums, and look for the cover art labeled Daily Bible Readings.
  4. Start listening!
  1. Download the Public Reading of Scripture app from the Apple App or Google Play Store
  2. Create an account (it’s free!)
  3. On the home page, select Featured Reading Plan
  4. Start listening!

What is the public reading of Scripture?

The public reading of Scripture is the simple but powerful practice of gathering together and listening to God’s Word read out loud.

Why should we do it?

In 1 Timothy 4:13, the Apostle Paul encouraged his young friend Timothy to be devoted to the public reading of Scripture. It was a tradition that started all the way back when God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. After God saved them, the Israelites gathered together and listened as Moses read God’s law to them for the very first time. This public reading of Scripture defined Israel’s story as God’s people.

The Israelites didn’t have Bibles they could just carry around to read. The public reading of Scripture was a huge privilege. It was an event filled with anticipation and wonder because it was the only way people were able to hear God’s word.

Later, when the Israelites returned from exile in Babylon, the people gathered and listened to Ezra read the Scriptures. Together, they responded to God’s Word and it healed their lives. When Jesus came, he read the Scriptures publicly to show that he was the Messiah foretold in God’s Word. The Gospel of John tells us that Jesus was the Word. Jesus brought an invitation to the kingdom of God through a relationship with Him.

God's Word is food for our souls

Jesus also told us that every word of God is like food to our souls. So, by listening to God’s Word regularly, we get the food we need to grow strong in our faith. And that’s why Paul told Timothy to be devoted to the public reading of Scripture.

The Bible is truly the most influential and powerful book in history. It tells the story of what God is doing for us and through us – with Jesus Christ as the center. Like a delicious meal, listening to God’s Word together can fill us up with strength, nourishment, and delight. Whether we are listening with our family or friends, we have a loving invitation to hear God speak to us through this amazing book. By listening to the Scriptures, we gain understanding, guidance, joy, love, and peace.

Family discussion guide

To help your family get the most out of this Scripture reading plan, we’ve provided a family discussion guide which will help guide your conversations after each reading. Download the guide below:

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