New Frontiers & Scripture Union Bring Bible-Reading Guide Online

|PIC1|Newfrontiers and Scripture Union have gone into partnership to encourage Bible reading. The Newfrontiers’ website ( now contains the contents to Scripture Union’s Bible-reading guide Closer to God and access to the material is free to all users. The Newfrontiers’ online shop will also have the printed guides available for sale.

The venture reflects a growing relationship between Closer to God and some of the newer Charismatic/Evangelical churches, which has involved the recruitment of Newfrontiers leaders Terry Virgo, David Holden and John Hosier as contributors.

Closer to God Editor Phil Andrews is excited by the prospect of more people being able to read God’s Word through the Bible-reading guide: ‘We’re delighted to be working with Newfrontiers to promote the importance of regular Bible study. We’re both in the business of communicating the life-changing power of the Bible in a Spirit-led way, so it makes sense for us to team up. We feel that it’s a very timely message, as despite the plethora of material now available Bible reading seems to be a habit in decline.’

This decline is highlighted by the fact that only 25% of people surveyed thought the Bible was the unique word of God.

Terry Virgo of Newfrontiers is enthusiastic about the partnership: ‘It’s difficult to overstate the value of systematic Bible reading. To do so with the aid of helpful notes from a gifted Christian teacher simply multiplies the blessing. Let me encourage you to take advantage of Closer to God and “discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness” (1 Timothy 4:7 NASB).’

[Scripture Union]