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Glasses sitting on a Bible

In 2013, the Canadian Bible Forum engaged Angus Reid Strategies to undertake the Canadian Bible Engagement Study. The findings were not very encouraging. Some results —

  • Weekly Bible reading has fallen by half since 1996.
  • Only 18% of Canadians strongly agree the Bible is the Word of God, down from 35% in 1996.
  • About 1 in 7 Canadian Christians read the Bible at least once a week. The majority of Canadians, including those who identify themselves as Christians, read the Bible either seldom or never. And only about 1 in 10 Canadians reflect on the meaning of the Bible for their lives at least a few times a week.

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Daily Passage

Live in such a way as to cause no trouble either to Jews or Gentiles or to the church of God. Just do as I do; I try to please everyone in all that I do, not thinking of my own good, but of the good of all, so that they might be saved. Imitate me, then, just as I imitate Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:32–11:1 GNB)

Teaching

Our Canadian individualistic sensibilities might be offended by the idea that we need to learn from other Christians. After all, we have the Bible so we can go directly to reading about Jesus on our own. There is no doubt that our high literacy rate and mass production of Scripture are a blessing and individual devotional reading should be encouraged.

Read more of Bible Week - Day 7 - The Bible and our Church

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Daily Passage

We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all God’s people. When the true message, the Good News, first came to you, you heard about the hope it offers. So your faith and love are based on what you hope for, which is kept safe for you in heaven. The gospel keeps bringing blessings and is spreading throughout the world, just as it has among you ever since the day you first heard about the grace of God and came to know it as it really is. (Colossians 1:3-6 GNB)

Teaching

We could break down the process of spreading the Good News of Jesus through the Bible into four stages: translation, publication, distribution, and engagement – which are the four aspects of CBS’ work.

The Bible was written in Hebrew, Greek, and a little bit of Aramaic. Since the very beginning, Christians have translated the Scriptures into other languages to help others encounter the life-giving message.

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Daily Passage

Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, large and small.” So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female, blessed them, and said, “Have many children, so that your descendants will live all over the earth and bring it under their control. I am putting you in charge of the fish, the birds, and all the wild animals.” (Genesis 1:26-28 GNB)

Teaching

In the creation story, we see that we were created in God the Creator’s image to be creators ourselves (e.g. children, environmental care). Of course, not everything we create is good for us, but that does not deny the good creative instinct.

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Daily Passage

Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples scolded the people. When Jesus noticed this, he was angry and said to his disciples, “Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you that whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on each of them, and blessed them. (Mark 10:13-16 GNB)

Teaching

Jesus invites children to approach him, blesses them, and even says that the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them. Children were no afterthought for Jesus, even if his disciples didn't think he should spend his valuable time on them.

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Daily Passage

Jesus drew near and said to them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28.18-20 GNT)

Teaching

Most Canadians have the Bible easily available to them in their preferred language, often with many translation options. We might even take for granted having multiple Bibles on our bookshelves or devices.

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Daily Passage

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed. (2 Timothy 3.16-17 GNT)

Teaching

All of Scripture is useful. It is reliable. It will help us in real, practical ways. It helps equip us for life. This is the main claim that the Bible makes about itself and it is as essential today as it was when written to Timothy. Unfortunately, many Canadians believe the opposite: that the Bible is irrelevant.

Read more of Bible Week - Day 2 - The Daily Scriptures

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Daily Passage

I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God’s blessing and God’s curse… Choose life. Love the LORD your God, obey him and be faithful to him. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20b GNB)

Teaching

As Christians, we seek, as Israel did, to choose a life of loving God. God has given us the Bible as an invaluable resource in helping us choose life every day. Many of us would agree that we want to read the Bible more, but then quickly come up with many reasons why we don’t follow through. For example, our busy lives keep us from reading the Bible, or we believe that we will not know how to interpret and apply what we read.

Read more of Bible Week - Day 1 - Bible Engagement in Canada

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There is no evidence in the Bible that Jesus was born on December 25. The earliest followers of Jesus and the people who wrote down the events surrounding his life and work on earth do not seem to have been very interested in the date of his birth and did not record it or celebrate it. Origen, one of the early Church fathers (c.185-c.254), preached against a birthday celebration for Jesus. He said it would be wrong to honour him in the same way political leaders like Herod were honoured. Early Christians believed that birthdays were pagan rituals for pagan gods. If observed at all, the celebration of Christ's birth was usually lumped in with Epiphany (January 6), one of the church's earliest established feasts. Eastern Churches adopted this as the date for the celebration of Christ's birth and his baptism. The Armenian Church continues this tradition.

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Praying hands over Bible

Ah, New Year… new resolutions. The prayer above intends to bring a smile to readers, but there’s some truth to it. We cannot deny the fact that at least once in our life, we have made resolutions intending to make our Bible reading more meaningful in the New Year.

The tricky part about making resolutions is the actual implementation. Most people fail to follow through after only a few weeks. In fact, a research revealed that only 8% of goal-setters actually accomplish their New Year targets. This shows that we need help! The good news: there are a lot of resources out there to help you reach your Bible reading goals. Here are a few suggestions.

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