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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.

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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:

  1. Confess wrongdoings to God and ask forgiveness.
  2. Believe in Jesus Christ as the only way to heaven.
  3. Make a decision to obey or follow God, knowing that it might be costly.
  4. Pray for people they know are not professing Christians.
  5. Read a book about increasing their spiritual growth.
  6. Have a one-on-one mentoring relationship with a spiritually mature Christian.

Discussion
Which of the above activities is weakest in your life?
How can you improve in this area?

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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Reblogged this on RENEW YOUR MIND and commented:
    I know that probably applies in the United States. Stats show that only 20 percent of Christians spend any quality time in the Bible. I wonder why when it’s God gift to us, so that we can know his ways. I read the Bible everyday and God gives me insight into myself and into what he want for mankind. I would encourage everyone who says that they follow Jesus Christ to spend at least 15 minutes a day reading the Word of God. We are suppose to give the GOOD NEWS to others, but how can we do that when we don’t know what to give?

    November 19, 2013
  2. I know this is likely true in the US as well. As for me, i can go a few days, but then find myself feeling thirsty for Bible Wisdom.

    Part of what keeps my desire going is my regular faith sharing with people. The more I talk about my relationship with Christ, the more I keep wanting to nurture my devotional life.

    Chris

    November 20, 2013
    • I think you are on to something, Chris! Thanks.

      November 20, 2013

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