Why the 2018 Bible Reading Challenge?

  • “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29)
  • “Fewer than half of all adults can name the four gospels. Many Christians cannot identify more than two or three of the disciples. According to data from the Barna Research Group, 60 percent of Americans can’t name even five of the Ten Commandments. “No wonder people break the Ten Commandments all the time. They don’t know what they are,” said George Barna.” According to 82 percent of Americans, “God helps those who help themselves,” is a Bible verse. Those identified as born-again Christians did better–by one percent. A majority of adults think the Bible teaches that the most important purpose in life is taking care of one’s family…Another survey of graduating high school seniors revealed that over 50 percent thought that Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife. A considerable number of respondents to one poll indicated that the Sermon on the Mount was preached by Billy Graham.” (AlbertMohler.com)
  • 80% of Americans have never read the Bible thru from cover to cover (Lifeway Research)
  • Those who read the Bible at least 4 days a week are less likely to participate in:
    • Getting drunk = 57% less likely
    • Sex outside marriage = 68% less likely
    • Pornography = 61% less likely
    • Gambling = 74% less likely (Back to the Bible)
  • Those who read the Bible at least four days a week are more likely to:
    • Sharing faith with others = 228% more likely
    • Discipling others = 231% more likely
    • Memorizing scripture = 407% more likely (Back to the Bible)
  • I remind you that God wrote a Book; and He only wrote one. I wonder what we’ll say to Him at the Judgment Seat of Christ if He asks us, Did you read My Book? I mean one time in your entire life did you read My whole Book?”

Even better, God tells us that reading His Word will benefit us!