As a culture we place a high value on academic education and intellectual knowledge, but sadly we have almost completely forgotten the necessity and treasure of Bible literacy.
Some shocking thoughts and statistics:
- Only 3 out of 5 Christians read their bible weekly. – Lifeway Research
- In their research, the Barna Group, summarizes the situation this way:
“Americans revere the Bible–but, by and large, they don’t read it. And because they don’t read it, they have become a nation of biblical illiterates.”
Still, even more poignant on the status of Bible literacy is this excerpt from the Holman Bible Handbook:
“While Medieval Christians were separated from the Bible by ecclesiastical authority, many modern Christians are separated by apathy. Herein lies the first and most vital principle about the Bible for Christian living. In order to guide faith and life, the Bible must be read and used. The most potent enemy of Christian life has always been neglect of Scripture.”
If we don’t read and use our Bibles, Satan wins.
So how do we as women respond to this situation of Bible illiteracy ?
We talk about it.
We are honest with ourselves about the true value we place on scripture in our lives.
We educate ourselves on what Bible literacy actually is.
Then we take actionable steps in our lives to make God’s word central.
I am not suggesting that you make Bible reading a BIGGER check box on your “Christian Should Do List.” I am simply saying that we become what we behold and may what we behold be Jesus Christ our Lord!
Bible literacy is essential to the life of a Christian.
We need to believe that Scripture is important, that God’s Word is alive and active, that it’s more than just reading the Bible but it’s also studying it and allowing it to soak into our hearts.
We have to be women of the word, and that’s why I want you to join us!
Join us for the Women of the Word Book Club!
I don’t want to just lay this burden of Bible illiteracy out there for you to chew on and then just walk away. No, I want to partner with you on this journey. I want to grab hands with women all over the world and seek Him together – to know Him and to make Him known.
Victoria from Creative Home Keeper carries the same burden in her heart, and as a result we are joining together to become Women of the Word by taking part in a 9-week book club discussion because we believe it’s that important.
You’re invited to join in the conversation every Tuesday afternoon at 3pm EST as we talk about How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds.
Join Victoria and me, your hosts, on Blab for some afternoon fun and discussion about one of our favorite things – God’s Word!
We will be using Jen Wilkin’s book, Women of the Word, as our discussion guide. In her book, Jen walks us through how to study God’s word for ourselves.
She is one of the better Bible teachers I’ve had the privilege of hearing teach and her book is the perfect tool for spurring deeper discussion about Bible literacy and how we can start being a solution to the problem.
What You Need to Know:
Each Tuesday, starting March 8th, you’ll meet us on Blab at 3pm EST. Be sure to follow me (n10tionalgrace) and Victoria (CreativeHomeKPR) on Blab so you’ll receive a notification when we go live. Not sure what Blab is – see the section below, What is Blab & How Do I Use It?
The Book Club Schedule:
Book Club #8 and #9: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 @ 3PM EST/2PM CST
Topic: Chapter 8 (Pulling it All Together) & Chapter 9 (Help for Teachers & Conclusions)
The Discussion Guide
Though simply reading the book is enough, if you want to be able to think through the discussion questions before hand, we’ll be using Crossway’s Study Guide for our discussion guide.
What is Blab and How Do I Use It?
Blab is relatively simple to use once you get set up. Instead of me doing all the explaining, I thought it best to send you to a great tutorial. If you’re not sure how to use Blab, then read this article. It has you covered.