February 29th, 2012 at 4:54 pm
“Bible engagement” is a popular phrase in some circles, but what does it mean? And why is it important? (Just in case you were wondering, Bible engagement does not refer to the betrothal of Mary to Joseph we read about in Scripture.)
Simply stated, Bible engagement is focusing the truth of God’s Word on how I choose to live. It’s not just a check box for a daily dose of Bible reading, although daily reading is a good thing. Real engagement involves head, heart and hands. Ed Stetzer of Lifeway noted that “the number one [factor in] spiritual growth is consistently being in the Scriptures on your own” (edstetzer.com/the-exchange). Those who conducted Willow Creek’s Reveal study found that “nothing has a greater impact on spiritual growth than reflection on Scripture” (Hawkins & Parkinson, Move, p. 19). There is something transformational about the Bible when we are truly engaged with its message.
How does Bible engagement happen? I asked that question to about 125 Texas Baptist Sunday School teachers, pastors and other church leaders in a recent conference, and have compiled a list of their answers. Let these ideas spur your imagination as you engage with God’s Word for yourself and encourage those you lead to do the same. Download the list HERE.