Jennifer Taylor Johnson's post yesterday got me thinking about how--and why--we learn God's Word. Many churches, she wrote, aren't teaching children, teens, parents--or anyone--well.
Sadly, I think she's right. The scenarios she describes are true. But I know wonderful Bible teachers and I know parents doing a great job teaching their children. You probably do too.
So what makes the difference? What's always present wherever the Bible is being well taught?
I think it's highly valuing the significance and worth of the Word and understanding how critical it is to our lives. A simple search or two in an online Bible yields many insights about God's Word; here are just a few.
You have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.--1 Peter 1:23
We also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. 1 Thessalonians 2:13
Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.--Ephesians 6:17
But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”--Luke 11:28
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good.--Isaiah 55:2
when we open it up often with others in sermons and lessons and around kitchen tables,
when our worship services include it in meaningful ways,
when we help others see that they can read and understand the Bible ...
we won't be wondering any longer why so few seem to know or care what it says.