The Bible in America Study reports that 62 percent of the people in the communities surrounding our churches would like to read the Bible more. Another study reports 87 percent of the people in our churches want help understanding the Bible better.
Yet, Bible reading is waning. Recent studies demonstrate that in one generation the number of occasional Bible readers has fallen by 20 percent—the equivalent of 700 people per day. If this trend continues, by 2040 two-thirds of Americans will have no meaningful connection with the Bible.
How important is God’s Word to you? Is it as important as taking your daily medicine that helps keep your body functioning correctly? Is it as important as brushing your teeth so they don’t rot out? Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.” (Christian Standard Bible). I want to challenge you to make God’s Word an important part of your life. Read it daily, meditate on it. Bring it with you to Bible study and Worship. One of the saddest things I see today is people who come to church without a Bible. Now I realize many have it on their phone and use that as their Bible. That’s good, although it’s hard to make notes on the Bible app. It’s the people who don’t do either that concerns me. To me, it’s like going to the dentist but never really getting in the chair so your teeth can be truly examined and cleaned. Yes, you went, but you didn’t get what you needed.