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LifeWay Research recently surveyed 1,000 Americans about their view of the Bible and found that, while most believe the Bible is filled with good moral lessons, more than half have read little or none of it. Even among Christians who attend church regularly, less than half read their Bible daily.
According to LifeWay Research’s findings, there are 6 reasons why Americans don’t read their Bible:
- They don’t prioritize Bible reading
- They don’t have time
- They’ve read the Bible enough
- They don’t see how the Bible relates to them
- They don’t have a copy
- They don’t agree with what the Bible says
The Bible is God’s written book to us, containing revelation of His character, truth, and will for our lives; it’s not merely a history book or a compilation of moral stories. So what can church leaders—who know the life-giving power of the Word of God and how it’s needed for life—do to help their members see the value in spending time daily in the Bible?
Get them in the Word.
Busyness is an epidemic in today’s culture, and a lot of times the first thing people drop from their schedules is daily Bible reading, convinced they simply don’t have time for it. Church leaders can get their people in the Word by providing the right resources. Digital devotionals and Bible apps with reading plans that people can pull up on their smartphones anytime, anywhere, allow even the busiest Christians to find a few minutes in their day to open their Bible. And it gives them a plan if they don’t know where to start.
Digital resources like DevoHub, which has daily devotional content for men, women, students, adults, and families, or the CSB Bible app, which has a one-year and a three-year daily Bible reading plan, are great resources that will help your people get into the habit of spending time in the Word every day.
Get them excited about the Word.
After you help your members get into the habit of spending time in the Word by providing the right resources, help them get excited about being in the Word and experiencing how it’s “living and effective” and relevant to their lives (Heb. 4:12). Yes, Bible reading is a discipline, but unless people experience its life-changing power, they won’t keep reading it.
According to Scott McConnell, the executive director of LifeWay Research, “Americans treat reading the Bible a little bit like exercise. They know it’s important and helpful but they don’t do it.” He goes on to say that the key for churches is finding ways for people to experience how reading the Bible can change their lives.
One of the best things church leaders can do to get their people excited about the Bible is to encourage them to pray and ask God to give them a hunger for a deeper knowledge of Him and to open their hearts and minds to the riches of His Word. As God answers and gives “understanding to the inexperienced” (Ps. 119:130), they will become more and more excited to read the Bible and learn what the Lord reveals about Himself through it.