Posted by: celticanglican | April 3, 2011

Do Churches Need More Biblical Literacy?

“Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ”-St. Jerome.  This is a very profound statement that’s true at so many levels. Many Christians of all denominational backgrounds have never read the Bible extensively.

A study from Barna Research found that many Christians from various denominational backgrounds are ignorant of key people and events in the Bible. I’ve known of more than one person who was unable to find appropriate Biblical support for key doctrines such as the Trinity, the Incarnation, baptism, etc.

One sad side effect I’ve seen from not being grounded in Scripture is being susceptible to the claims of cults. I realize that even someone with a firm Scriptural background can still fall prey to a cult. However, I think many parishes could do more in the way of Bible study. It’s always good to have a variety of Christian Education topics, but IMO, what’s taken home from the lessons is even more effective when everyone knows how to find support for what they’ve learned in the Bible.

What suggestions do you have for encouraging better Biblical literacy?

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Responses

  1. Last Fall, our parish read thru the Bible in 90 Days (http://www.biblein90days.org/) and this Lent we are joining with the other parishes in our Diocese to read the E100 (http://www.essentialbibleblog.com/2011/02/bible-reading-revival-in-albany.html). Not everyone in the parish is participating, but we have gotten more people each time and are attempting to create a culture where Bible reading and knowledge is expected.

    • That sounds great! Please feel free to update on how it’s going, and share any helpful suggestions. I know people who really struggle with reading the Bible for various reasons, and am always on the lookout for anything I can recommend to them.


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