From the Pastor:
Saying and Doing
There is a vast difference between what most Americans say and what they actually do. This should come as no surprise but research reveals that it is true. Americans overwhelmingly (77%) believe morals and values are declining in the United States. The most-cited cause for the decline is a lack of Bible reading. A survey by the American Bible Society found that the Bible remains a highly valued, influential force in America, yet few read it. While 66% of those surveyed agreed that the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life, 57% admitted they read it fewer than five times per year. Almost two-thirds (61%) said they wish they read the Bible more often.
A LifeWay research study of 2,930 American Protestant churchgoers revealed that 90% desired to please and honor Jesus in all that they do. However, few actually engaged in personal reading and study of the Scriptures. Of those surveyed 19% said they read the Bible everyday; 26% a few times a week; 14% once a week; 22% at least once a month; and 18% rarely or never.
“Bible engagement has an impact in just about every area of spiritual growth,” said Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research. “You can follow Christ and see Christianity as your source of truth, but if that truth does not permeate your thoughts, aspirations and actions, you are not fully engaging the truth.”
Brothers and sisters, read the
Word of God and follow Jesus!