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Study: Most Churchgoers Do Not Read Bible on Daily Basis [Protestant / Evangelical Caucus]
The Christian Post ^ | September 7, 2012 | Michael Gryboski

Posted on 09/14/2012 9:03:23 AM PDT by Alex Murphy

A recently released study by a Christian research organization shows that most churchgoers do not read or study the Bible on a daily basis.

The findings of the Transformational Discipleship Assessment released by LifeWay Research noted that 19 percent of respondents report reading or studying the Bible outside of church "every day."

By contrast, 36 percent of respondents said that they either engage the Bible "once a week," "once a month," or "a few times a month." Eighteen percent reported rarely or never reading or studying the Bible outside of worship.

Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research, told The Christian Post that he felt attributes from the modern American culture influenced the responses.

"Regular Bible engagement is both personal and requires discipline. Neither are popular in Western culture today," said McConnell. "Too many churchgoers want the benefits of salvation without investing in personally knowing Christ and the abundant life He offers."

For the study, LifeWay Research interviewed a demographically balanced online panel of American adults last year, Oct. 14-22. A total of 2,930 surveys were completed, with churchgoing respondents being defined as those who attend a Protestant church at least once a month.

"Bible engagement encompasses more than just Bible reading. It measures the extent to which individuals interact with the truth of Scripture and allow it to permeate their thinking and influence their actions," said McConnell.

"There is a widespread desire among churchgoers to please Jesus, but much less interested in daily wrestling with what pleases Jesus. Instead of Christ being preeminent in the lives of every churchgoer, He is often only the preamble to lives lived apart from biblical truth."

Other findings in the study included 90 percent of respondents agreeing with the statement "I desire to please and honor Jesus in all I do" and 59 percent agreeing with the statement "Throughout the day I find myself thinking about biblical truths."

In an interview with Baptist Press, LifeWay Research President Ed Stetzer explained the importance of scriptural study and reading.

"God's Word is truth, so it should come as no surprise that reading and studying the Bible are still the activities that have the most impact on growth in this attribute of spiritual maturity," said Stetzer. "As basic as that is, there are still numerous churchgoers who are not reading the Bible regularly. You simply won't grow if you don't know God and spend time in God's Word."

While the study noted the small percentage of regular Bible engagement from respondents, it also pinpointed six actions that "positively impact" the level of Bible engagement a churchgoer partakes in.

These actions were confessing wrongdoings to God, believing in Jesus as the only way to Heaven, following God with an awareness that it "may be costly," praying about the spiritual statuses of acquaintances who are not Christian, reading a book on spiritual growth, and being mentored by a "more spiritually mature Christian."


TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Mainline Protestant; Worship
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The findings of the Transformational Discipleship Assessment released by LifeWay Research noted that 19 percent of respondents report reading or studying the Bible outside of church "every day." By contrast, 36 percent of respondents said that they either engage the Bible "once a week," "once a month," or "a few times a month." Eighteen percent reported rarely or never reading or studying the Bible outside of worship....

...."Regular Bible engagement is both personal and requires discipline. Neither are popular in Western culture today," said McConnell. "Too many churchgoers want the benefits of salvation without investing in personally knowing Christ and the abundant life He offers"....

....For the study, LifeWay Research interviewed a demographically balanced online panel of American adults last year, Oct. 14-22. A total of 2,930 surveys were completed, with churchgoing respondents being defined as those who attend a Protestant church at least once a month.

1 posted on 09/14/2012 9:03:28 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy
Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
2 posted on 09/14/2012 9:12:25 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: Alex Murphy
I've found keeping a Bible on the nightstand makes it easier to keep to a habit of reading a few chapters every night before I sleep.

Yes, even then it takes discipline to do so every day and then meditate on what has been read but the rewards are worth far more than the effort.

3 posted on 09/14/2012 9:14:45 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Alex Murphy
Talk about your “DUH” study... and want to go further, many that do read it on a daily basis do not read it within proper historical context either.... Many don't read allegory as allegory and read it as literal, and vice versa.
4 posted on 09/14/2012 9:19:56 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: HamiltonJay

Yeah, no surprise at all. Also, depending on what denomination it is, there are many out there who don’t believe God’s Word is inerrant.


5 posted on 09/14/2012 9:28:47 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
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To: Alex Murphy

Your Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11

I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your Word. Psalm 119:16

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1, 2

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105

My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your word. Psalm 119:148

Your Word is very pure, Therefore Your servant loves it. Psalm 119:140

The teaching of your Word gives light, so even the simple can understand Psalm 119:130

I will delight in your statutes, I will not forget your word Psalm 119:16


6 posted on 09/14/2012 9:43:46 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Alex Murphy

People who don’t like to read that much should remember that they can get the daily Scriptural readings in an audio version through the internet. You can listen and then spend time in meditation and prayer.


7 posted on 09/14/2012 9:57:45 AM PDT by Coyote Choir
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To: Alex Murphy

I do not need to read the Bible.

Obama, the Messiah, praise be upon him, will let me know all I need to believe and how I must behave.

All of you Bible readers are putting God before Man. The State, not God, is the Omnipotent. All derives from the state. That is why I have a statue of Obama on my dashboard.


9 posted on 09/14/2012 10:14:12 AM PDT by oldbill
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To: oldbill

Oh, /sarc


10 posted on 09/14/2012 10:15:15 AM PDT by oldbill
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To: Just mythoughts

Exactly. And some put things in a wrong context. There being two convents and two people groups, from _both_ the leading scholars and teachers, miss His coming. One of His primary missions, while on earth, was to come against the traditions of men, which “add to and take away” from His word.


11 posted on 09/14/2012 11:24:24 AM PDT by veracious
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To: Alex Murphy

The first thing you notice when reading the BIBLE is that it was not written by Cecil B DeMille.


12 posted on 09/14/2012 11:43:11 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Well said.


13 posted on 09/14/2012 12:05:22 PM PDT by veracious
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To: Alex Murphy
In reading through about David's life I've noticed how David was very careful to follow the scriptures. When the oxen stumbled and Uzzah died after he reached out to steady the ark, while it was parked David went back and studied the correct way the ark was suppose to be moved. David also instituted a number of activities that were prescribed by Moses in scripture but were never put into practice. Upon the death of David many of these things were forgotten by Solomon. We read in Chronicles that it was really David who drew up the plans for the temple following very careful the purpose of each thing prescribed by God.

Small wonder that David was a man after God's own heart.

14 posted on 09/14/2012 1:20:58 PM PDT by HarleyD
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To: Alex Murphy

It takes discipline.

I have started and stopped many times in my Christian walk.

As of right now I am reading the Word daily again.

When the world creeps in and one needs His word most is usually when we fall away...


15 posted on 09/14/2012 1:30:11 PM PDT by Rightly Biased (How do you say Arkanicide in Kenyan?)
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To: Rightly Biased
When the world creeps in and one needs His word most is usually when we fall away...

Amen.

16 posted on 09/14/2012 1:33:34 PM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: Shark24
My minimum is just to read the daily Mass postings here on FR. Get at least two readings, one from the OT and one from the Gospel.

If it says Protestant/Evangelical Caucus, aren't you Catholics supposed to stay out? That's the treatment we get when its the other way around.
17 posted on 09/14/2012 1:52:57 PM PDT by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: Rightly Biased

Even when the seed falls on good ground, it still needs regular water and fertilizer to produce abundantly.


18 posted on 09/14/2012 2:32:46 PM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: Alex Murphy

I would encourage everyone to do their own survey. Ask people at church what they read in the Bible this past week or what they heard in the sermon. They will scurry away.................


22 posted on 09/14/2012 5:48:00 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( (Lord, save me from some conservatives, they don't understand history any better than liberals.))
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To: PeterPrinciple

Do you have the spiritual gift of scurry-causing?


23 posted on 09/14/2012 7:20:25 PM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: Shark24

This Religion Forum thread is labeled “Protestant/Evangelical Caucus” meaning if you are not currently, actively either Protestant or Evangelical then do not post on this thread.


24 posted on 09/14/2012 7:37:40 PM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: PeterPrinciple

The church I would attend would have high marks in both. That is one of the reasons that I know the Lord has me there.


25 posted on 09/15/2012 5:05:15 AM PDT by lupie
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To: oldbill

I do not need to read the Bible.

Obama, the Messiah, praise be upon him, will let me know all I need to believe and how I must behave.

All of you Bible readers are putting God before Man. The State, not God, is the Omnipotent. All derives from the state. That is why I have a statue of Obama on my dashboard.


Yeah, right.


26 posted on 09/17/2012 6:32:22 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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