We all remember that radio transmission from Apollo 13, “Houston, we have a problem.” Well, America has a problem…an illiteracy problem… Biblical illiteracy to be precise. A recent LifeWay Survey reports only 22% say they spend time reading God’s Word on a daily basis. A third of Americans never read the Bible on their own.
*Fewer than half say the Bible is accurate in all it teaches
*Half say the Bible was written for each person to interpret as he or she chooses
*Three-quarters disagree with the idea that every sin deserves to be punished.
So what do we do? Here are three ways to tackle the problem of Biblical illiteracy.
*Get people into God’s Word on a daily basis. Our people need exposure to the life-changing power of the Word of God. Reading the Bible is the number one predictor of spiritual growth.
*Encourage people to get involved in small group discipleship studies. People grow spiritually by being around believers. Living in community with other believers, wrestling with real issues, etc., is transformative.
*Help people become familiar with all of God’s Word. As Paul admonishes, “Preach the whole counsel of God.”
Partial understanding can lead to partial obedience. Pastors need to preach expository messages.
(Adapted from Ken Braddy, Discipling in an Age of Biblical Illiteracy, Facts and Trends, Summer 2017, pp.24-25)
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