In 2013, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, in partnership with the Bible League of Canada, the Canadian Bible Society, The Gideons, Open Doors, Wycliffe and a few others, released the results of a survey that asked Canadians about their engagement with and belief in the Bible.
It is important for Canadian Christians to understand the results of this survey as it applies to our culture. But the results of this survey are also a wake-up call for Canadian Christians.
One line stood out above all of the others in the report of the survey. It is this line: “The Bible engagement of self-identified Christians as a whole is not very different from Bible engagement of Canadians generally.”
Brothers and sisters, this should not be so!
There are positives. People who read the Bible regularly are 6 times more likely to attend church regularly, and 10 times more likely to consider the Bible God’s Word.
13% of Canadians and 23% of Canadian Christians agree that the Bible is relevant to daily life. That is encouraging! Those who believe that the Bible is relevant to daily life are over 10 times more likely to read the Bible frequently and are four times more likely to attend church weekly.
The Bible engages and changes lives! But we as Canadian Christians need to be setting the example and leading the conversation.
For more information about the survey, please go to: http://www.bibleengagementstudy.ca/
Let me encourage you my friends: be engaged with the Living and Active Word of God!