Pursue Bible reading intentionally!
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.
We’ve seen visible results of the decline in Bible reading over the past years, such as the decline in church attendance and fewer people engaging others with God’s Word outside the church environment. But the survey also reveals that
- People who read the Bible are 6 times more likely to go to church. Their desire to belong in a church community is higher than those who do not read the Bible.
- People who read the Bible do more than just read the Bible; they discuss and explore the Bible with their friends.
- People who read the Bible have a growing confidence in God’s Word as a way to know God and hear from Him.
These are very positive and encouraging results. Reading God’s Word helps shape not only a person’s life, but also the life of the church (Tweet this). However, we need to pursue Bible reading intentionally – individually and corporately.
Here are some Bible Reading resources the Canadian Bible Society offers not only for individuals but also for groups. Explore these resources and contact the Canadian Bible Society if you need more information.
Daily Bible Reading Guide
This resource provides daily readings based on the Revised Common Lectionary and other lectionaries. You may sign up to receive the readings in your inbox or download and print the pdf version here. These readings are also available through the Canadian Bible Society app. Download the CBS app now.
You’ve Got the Time
This 40-day journey is designed for busy people who struggle to make Bible reading a daily habit. It provides an audio version of the Bible which people can listen to while driving to work, preparing dinner, or working out on the treadmill. Sign up for You’ve Got the Time today.
Bible Intro: A Quick First Tour
This is an overview of the general story of the Bible. This is a great resource for people who are reading the Bible for the first time. Learn more about Bible Intro.
Taste and See
This eBook is an interactive prequel to the Bible to help make it more understandable to those encountering it for the first time. Learn more about Taste and See.
YouVersion is an app that has been download by over 2M users worldwide. This app not only contains the Bible in different translations and versions, it also offers Bible reading plans. Choose a Bible reading plan from this app’s extensive list. You may download it for free at www.youversion.com.