I hope that you had a great Easter weekend, and were able to worship the Risen Lord with a body of believers that celebrated Jesus!
The events of Easter were foretold in the Scriptures, with references throughout the Old Testament that pointed to the death of Jesus on the Cross. As I thought about this truth earlier this week, I happened upon a recent survey conducted by the Barna Group, entitled State of the Bible 2013.
I am sure that you could find the survey if you Google it, but I want to highlight a couple of things that caught my attention. While 88% of Americans own a Bible, 61% of those owners wish they read the Bible more. Of those people who responded to the survey, 77% believe that our society needs the Bible, believing that the morals of the country are declining. An interesting note that I picked up on was that most people are not sure how to apply the lessons of Scripture to public life or society.
The writer of Psalm 119 addressed some of these same issues when he wrote that chapter. In verse 10, he stated that a young man could keep his way pure by keeping the word of the Lord, what we know as the Bible. Barna’s research shows this is true today as well. Almost half of those adults in the 18-28 age range in the survey that they would look to the Bible for wisdom in parenting issues, even though they are somewhat less engaged with the Bible than other age groups.
We need to develop a love for God’s Word, whether you like to read from the King James Version, or one of the many that are available today. In Psalm 119:103-104a, the Psalmist writes, “How sweet Your word is to my taste— sweeter than honey to my mouth. I gain understanding from Your precepts.”
I hope that Easter, and the recent showing of the Bible series on television has piqued your interest in the Word of God, and that you not only pick up your copy and start reading it, but that you also get involved in a church or small group that can help you understand it and apply the truths contained therein to your life.
Remember, according to Hebrews 4:12, the Word of God is alive and powerful. Use it in your life on a daily basis and see what difference it can make for you.
If you do not have a church home, we would love to have you come join us in worship this Sunday.