Ad nauseum I tell my church they need to be reading scripture. Forever we need to be in the discipline / habit of reading God’s word. The lack of scripture reading is among the leading problems with Christians and churches today.
God went to great lengths to make sure we have His word.
Overwhelmingly, I am convinced that if the majority of believers read scripture on a frequent basis that their lives would change, their churches would change, their communities / cities / states would change and eventually the nation and the nations would change due to the power of the living word. I believe that a lot of people’s Christian walk is stagnate because they are seeking God for Him to reveal what He wants them to do or they are waiting and listening for God to tell them something. These same people don’t read the scriptures as a source to hear from God. God went to great lengths to protect His word so that we would have it. Why? He has already said so much that applies to our lives today.
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:4-17
God has already given us all that we need to know for salvation and obedience toward Him. This is the sufficiency of Scripture. We either believer it or we don’t. If the bible really is inerrant and sufficient then why aren’t our lives invested more into the words on its pages. Instead most of our churches are filled with biblical illiteracy. Thom Rainer in a recent blog post gave us 3 benefits of a church that reads scripture.
The Results of Biblical Literacy
We know that we should be reading and studying the Bible. But what are the results when actually accomplish this? Let me share three results of increased Biblical literacy:
- We Grow Spiritually as Individuals. A 30-minute sermon once a week is not a sufficient time in the Word. If we expect to mature as followers of Christ, we must commit to a lifestyle of letting the Word of Christ dwell in us richly (Col. 3:16).
- Our Churches Are Healthier. Healthy churches are made up of healthy members. Church members who dwell in the Word overflow with the fruits of the Spirit. They are patient, loving, joyful, and others-focused.
- We Reach More for Christ. Biblical literacy is the foundation for evangelism and missions. We should not expect to be motivated to tell others about God’s love for them if we are not engaged in His word. Conversely, when we are dwelling in the Word and it is dwelling in us, we can’t help but tell others the good news of Christ.
There are many tools to help you read scripture. I urge you to find one. There are tons that are sent to your smartphone each day so you don’t even have to remember, you just have to read. We have no excuses, if its a long passage or one verse, read everyday!
Get in God’s word and read! Let the Holy Spirit teach you!
Thom Rainer’s Blog Post: http://thomrainer.com/2014/04/22/biblical-literacy-church-three-benefits/