A Call to Biblical Literacy
A call to deepen our faith, discern truth from falsehood, and share the good news with others
The Importance of Biblical Literacy
As Christians, we often talk about the importance of reading the Bible, but how many of us are genuinely literate in its contents? Biblical literacy involves reading the Bible and understanding its historical and cultural context, literary forms, and overall message.
Unfortunately, studies show that biblical literacy is declining among Christians. Many people today rely on social media, podcasts, and other sources for their spiritual nourishment, neglecting the rich and transformative teachings of the Bible.
So, why is biblical literacy important? For one, it allows us to understand our faith more deeply. Reading and studying the Bible gives us insights into God’s character, his plan for humanity, and our purpose in life. We also learn about the life and teachings of Jesus, which are essential for our spiritual growth and development.
Biblical literacy also allows us to discern truth from falsehood. In a world that is increasingly hostile to Christian values, we need to be able to critically analyze the messages we receive and compare them to the teachings of the Bible. We risk being deceived and led astray without a solid understanding of Scripture.
Finally, biblical literacy is essential for sharing our faith with others. When we are knowledgeable about the Bible, we can explain its teachings to those seeking answers to life’s big questions. We can also defend our faith against those seeking to discredit it.
Growing in Biblical Literacy
But how can we become more biblically literate? One way is to commit to reading the Bible regularly, preferably systematically covering the entire text. This can be done through daily devotions or following a reading plan. Another way is to attend Bible studies or small groups where we can discuss the text with others and learn from their insights. These opportunities allow one to ask questions and receive clarification on confusing or difficult passages. We can also read books and commentaries on the Bible, listen to sermons, and take courses on biblical studies. These resources allow us to dig deeper into God’s Word and better understand its richness and complexity.
It’s important to note that biblical literacy is a lifelong pursuit. It’s not something that can be achieved overnight but rather a continuous process of growth and learning. As we delve deeper into the Bible, we will be transformed by its truths and empowered to live out our faith in tangible ways.
The Bible is meant to be understood by all its readers, not just the select few who have received specialized training. God gave us His Word so that we might know Him and be transformed by his truth. To neglect biblical literacy is to forfeit the ability to understand and participate in what God is doing in the world.”Michael Horton
Let us heed the call to biblical literacy. Let us commit to studying and understanding the Bible to deepen our faith, discern truth from falsehood, and share the good news with others. As we do so, we will become better equipped to navigate our culture’s challenges and live as faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
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