But when people are given the tools to study and understand the Bible for themselves, they start to deepen and blossom.
3. It’s A Defense Against False Teaching
When two pastors or Bible teachers are giving opposite interpretations of scripture, which one should we believe? The one we like the most? The one with the biggest platform? The one with the longest string of letters after their name?
If people know how to “correctly handle the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15) they will be less confused by the mixture of false voices, and can more readily identify and support good teaching over bad.
4. It’s An Essential Element Of Evangelism
The average skeptic demands a logical consistency in what we believe. If a Christian can’t say why we believe the Bible, our arguments for following it will carry no weight. But if we can show a consistency of thought and behavior, that is very compelling.
A loving attitude may be the most effective open door to evangelism, but making logical sense of our biblical beliefs is a close second.
5. It Will Keep People More Anchored In Their Faith
There’s a lot of concern about younger generations leaving the church.
There are many reason for the falling away, of course, but one the strongest determiners of whether-or-not a child who was raised in the church will stay strong in their faith is how well they are able to read, study and follow the Bible for themselves. They need to have internalized their faith instead of just doing what they were told to do.
“God said it, I believe it, that settles it” isn’t enough to keep anyone active in their faith any more. They need to know the why.
Churches that keep their members biblically ignorant, simplistic or that cherry-pick what they believe will keep losing members.
Churches that preach a solid message from the Bible, backed with regular, vibrant lessons about the Bible will not just keep people in the seats, they’ll set up this and future generations for an even stronger, more dynamic faith than ever before.
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