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Acts 2:42—“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
Bible literacy shapes a church in a way that no other experience does. Great music is a blessing, good preaching is critical, prayer is the church’s breath, and fellowship is vital. A church founded on biblical literacy experiences all of the above, and more. There’s no greater honor than to preach the Word to biblically literate people. Bible literacy transforms a church in seven ways:
How, then, do churches become biblically literate?
Is Bible literacy difficult? Yes, but it’s doable. Our church began reading through the Bible when I came, and then adopted the One Year Chronological Bible about 10 years ago. When the pastor and the key leaders read and challenge others to do so, the people will rise to the challenge. Some say to me, “It’s hard.” My response is, “Grow a backbone; become a vertebrate!” Everything in life that truly matters is hard, and Bible literacy matters more than any other discipline. Jesus said, “If you continue in My Word, you will truly be My disciples, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:31-32).