As church leaders, how do we help people take Bible reading seriously and get more out of it? Because sadly, Bible reading is decreasing in the United States.
Some of the greatest challenges people encounter when it comes to Bible reading include finding the time to read, understanding what they’ve read, and staying motivated. Yet another issue is that fewer and fewer people believe there is value in reading the Bible.
Let’s talk about the different approaches to Bible reading and how to help your church members grow deeper in the Word.
TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:
1:40 How often do people read the Bible?
5:03 Motivation for Bible reading
7:28 Scheduled reading plans or spontaneous approach?
9:28 Types of reading plans
11:19 How can churches help?
How often do people read the Bible?
Motivation for People to Read Their Bibles
Just 20% of US adults believe the Bible is the actual word of God. While 49% believe it’s the inspired word of god, 29% believe the Bible is an “ancient book of fables.”
When it comes to Christian adults, the numbers shift slightly. About 25% of Christian adults believe the Bible is the actual word of God, 58% believe it’s the inspired word of God, and 16% believe it’s a book of fables.
Scheduled reading plans or spontaneous approach?
There are advantages and disadvantages to structured reading plans and the free-flowing or spontaneous approach to Bible reading.
Types of reading plans
- Bible in one year (or 2-3 years)
- Using a Bible study book or devotional
How can churches help?
- Providing Bibles
- Reading plans (church app or others)
- Emphasis on the Bible in service
- Bible study classes and groups