*This is the first post of the new series TRUTH Focused.
A new term has recently been brought to my attention.
It means exactly what it you think it does. People who have not read the Bible, and therefore do not know what it holds. Now, of course this is not going to be something non-believers find important. That’s not even the problem. The problem is that there are Christians who claim to believe the Bible is God’s Word, yet, they aren’t reading it.
In full transparency, after learning of the term biblical illiteracy, I was so convicted about my own lack of biblical knowledge. Sure, I have done countless Bible studies, have read numerous Scriptures, was raised in a Christian home, and attend a Bible-teaching church, but there is still so much I am lacking. I felt God place on my heart that I needed to know Him more and to do that, I needed to read His Word. So, I have begun a bible-in-a-year plan. I am reading God’s Word in its entirety, seeking to understand, and know Him more.
Christian author and speaker Jen Wilkin wrote a book on why studying the Bible is so important. Her book, Women in the Word, is full of tips on how to study the Bible and reasons for the importance. I love her line that I have often heard her speak, “The heart cannot love what the mind does not know.” If we know God through His word, it will translate to a greater love for Him in our hearts.
In this series, I am praying that I can come alongside many of you, and we can grow in our knowledge of the Bible and ultimately our knowledge of Christ together. I hope to start conversations, join each other in prayer, and make us all think a little harder. Most importantly, I want to learn to love God more through knowing Him better. It is my belief that you cannot read the Bible without being changed. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some change!
Next week we will tackle the topic of discernment.