New Research: Canadian Christian Bible Study
LifeWay recently surveyed 1,086 Canadian Christians who attend church at least once a month. One focus of the study was on Bible reading.
The study revealed that one third of respondents rarely or never read the Bible outside of church, and only 11 percent read the Bible daily. Sixty-two percent of respondents disagreed with the statement, “If I go several days without reading the Bible, I find myself unfulfilled.”
When respondents were asked how often they study the Bible, More than half (53 percent) said they rarely or never study the Bible. Ed Stetzer, lead researcher, said, “This was particularly concerning to me. You simply won’t grow if you don’t know God and spend time in God’s Word. Bible engagement has an impact in just about every area of spiritual growth.”
The survey revealed that people have higher levels of Bible engagement when they actively do the following:
- Confess wrongdoings to God and ask forgiveness.
- Believe in Jesus Christ as the only way to heaven.
- Make a decision to obey or follow God, knowing that it might be costly.
- Pray for people they know are not professing Christians.
- Read a book about increasing their spiritual growth.
- Have a one-on-one mentoring relationship with a spiritually mature Christian.
Which of the above activities is weakest in your life?
How can you improve in this area?