How is Immerse different from a Bible study?
Immerse is designed to draw people into a broad reading of the Bible, developing a familiarity and fluency with the entire text. Think of it as reading more for awareness than personal application. In this way they gain an understanding of the overarching story of the Bible. They also gain a better understanding of biblical context and see the big picture!
It is designed to engage people in community, interacting with each other and the Bible. There is no “teacher,” no workbooks or additional reading material. It’s simply reading and discussing the Scriptures together, more like a Book Club than a Bible study.
This in turn creates a desire to study the Bible more carefully. Pastors report an increased interaction with their preaching, and interest in Bible studies grows as people take time to “read big.”
Immerse is not a replacement for Bible study. In fact, it is proving to be a catalyst for more Bible study.
How is Immerse different from other Reading Bibles?
Simply stated, Immerse is much more than just a Reading Bible. It is supported by a carefully thought-out reading plan, along with free additional resources (weekly videos, a custom audio edition, Family Guides, etc.) to enhance the experience.
It’s geared to give whole churches an intentional plan to read the entire Bible together and to establish a regular rhythm of Bible reading in the life of the church. The goal is to ignite a new passion for reading the Bible together in community in churches around the world. It is more than offering a product–it’s growing a movement.
It also uses the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, a clear and faithful rendering of God’s word in contemporary English.
How is Immerse different from The Story? (Zondervan)
The Story is an abridged, chronological Bible that reads like a novel. Immerse is a clear presentation of the entire Bible, using formatting that displays the natural literary structures of each book. And while The Story is a 31-week campaign that takes churches through an abridged version of the Bible, Immerse is broken up into 8-week segments that take churches through large portions of the Bible (like the New Testament) in their entirety.
How is Immerse different from Bibliotheca?
Bibliotheca is an artistically-driven, limited edition of the Bible, and is priced high due to its high level of craftsmanship. It also uses the American Standard Version translation (1901) with limited updates to the language specifically for this project.
While Bibliotheca is a beautifully crafted Bible, it has no accompanying program to foster a community experience. Immerse combines a clean Bible format with an organic community reading program.