DO PEOPLE REALLY WANT MORE BIBLE?

http://news.gallup.com/poll/208529/sermon-content-appeals-churchgoers.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_content=morelink&utm_campaign=syndication

 

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/gallup-asked-americans-why-they-go-church-its-not-music

 

Really? People would choose Bible over community, music, children and youth programs, and service-ministry-outreach opportunities? So says the Gallup survey referenced in the intellectualtakeout.org blog above.

 

I don’t believe it….

 

I agree that the ‘bells and whistles’ are no substitute for the ‘meat’ of the Word, but that people want Bible teaching more than these other things, that folks come to church to hear the sermon?

 

I don’t see it….

 

If that were true, we would see more pastors focused on communicating the Bible with passion and clarity on Sunday mornings and less on the peripheral entertainment hype and hoopla activities. We would see more people in churches on Sunday morning in support of pastors and churches that take the Biblical mandate seriously to,

 

preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching (2 Timothy 4:2).[1]

 

Oh, that God would raise up an army of Christians that are truly passionate about what God has said in the Bible, willing to search out the eternal truths of God’s Word and let that Word govern their lives for His honor and glory!

 

The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever. And this word is the good news that was preached to you.[2]

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), 2 Ti 4:2.

[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), 1 Pe 1:24–2:1.