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It's not enough to translate the Bible; it's not enough to distribute the Bible. Our desire is to see real Scripture Engagement: people encountering God's Word in life-changing ways. On this site you'll find news, events and resources for those encouraging Scripture use and Bible engagement around the world.
Enabling every child to hear the story of the Bible at school in their primary years
"Today, so many children could miss out on the great classic stories from the Bible – Noah, Daniel and the life of Jesus could be closed chapters if youngsters don’t get an opportunity to engage with the Bible."
Open the Book offers primary school children in the UK an opportunity to hear the major stories of the Bible, presented chronologically, in a three-year rolling programme. It is a free service given to each school by a team of Christian volunteers from local churches, who present a series of stories during collective worship.
The volunteers use drama, mime, props, costume – and even the children and staff themselves – to present the Bible stories in lively and informative ways.
Open the Book began in 1999 and since then thousands of school children have discovered Bible stories, during assembly and collective worship. [more...]
Studying the Bible in Small Groups
Author: Karen Soole
Published by: 10Publishing, 2015
'Unleash the Word', by Karen Soole, provides practical help and encouragement on studying the Bible in small groups. The author recommends the 'big questions' model:
- The "no-holds barred question": is there anything that particularly strikes you as we read the passage through?
- What does it say?
- What does it mean?
- So what?
Some helpful quotations from the book:
"A small-group leader is not there to lecture group members, but to help them engage with the text." (ch. 1)
"So as we approach the idea of leading a Bible study, we have two main aims in our minds: the first is to get people to really engage with God's Word so that they are rooted in Christ; the second is to make sure the Bible is handled well within a context that handles people well." (ch. 1)
"The aim in a study is for the leader to help everyone move on in their understanding, to spiral deeper into the text, to get closer to the heart of God's Word." (ch. 2)
"Whatever our temperaments we need to keep hold of two principles: we need to first really know and rejoice in God's Word, and second really know and love God's people." (ch. 3)
"Switching from a model of Bible study that asks many questions to one with far fewer is nerve-wracking - it is as though your security blanket has been taken away. It might appear structure-less, but this method has a very clear structure. People are often concerned that with so few questions the group will quickly come to a staggering halt. In my experience this does not happen." (ch. 7)
"Let's not make our studies into sessions that leave everyone burdened by religious rules but instead let us encourage each other to live in relationship with our Lord because of His mercy." (ch. 6)
Available as a printed book and in eBook/Kindle format. [more...]
Help Your Young People Enjoy Life with the Bible
Author: Adrian Blenkinsop
Published by: Bible Society Australia, 2013
"The Bible According to Gen Z" is a collection of essays from Australia on encouraging Bible engagement among young people. It includes research results and analysis, together with responses from youth leaders and case studies.
Here are some selected quotes:
"The study showed that the best way to encourage young people to read the Bible is to encourage them to participate in a Bible reading group."
"Encouraging the sharing of ideas, opinions and questions around a passage is also vital for young people to dig into Scripture, and have a sense of 'discovery' and shared learning."
"Many young people read very little, especially in the form of books... Bible reading requires a sustained effort of a kind that is 'uncomfortable' for many young people."
"Individualism and post-traditionalism has meant that life is approached in a very flexible manner... Few young people develop strong habitual or structured daily activities, except in relation to the demands of school and work... The mobile phone has encouraged this unstructured approach to life. Hence, few young people develop structured habits of daily Bible reading."
"There's one core issue that sits at the heart of young people not 'getting into' the Bible. It may seem harsh - but it's simply that there is a consistent lack of modelling of Bible engagement from leaders. If the leaders of young people are not engaging with the Bible, the clear message to those they influence is that the Bible is not important."
"When Bible engagement is done in non-interactive, non-creative ways, it often reinforces the lack of importance and relevance of the Bible in the minds of young people."
"Experiencing the Bible as relevant depends on the attitudes one brings to it. If young people read it simply as stories of long ago, it had little relevance. If they read it as God's communication today, they were far more likely to experience it as relevant to life."
"For the young people who do read the Bible, there is often a frustration with the 'non-immediacy' of it (the fast-food approach to the Bible)."
Available as an e-book or printed book. [more...]
Mapping Bible Engagement Across a Changing Culture
Published by: Barna, 2016
From the Publisher's description:
The Bible in America is a multiyear survey of attitudes toward and perceptions of the Bible, set against the backdrop of a changing cultural landscape. Commissioned by American Bible Society, Barna researchers have conducted more than 14,000 interviews with U.S. teens and adults since 2011 to discover:
- How do Americans define the Bible?
- Do they believe it is authoritative for their lives? And in what ways?
- What is the nation’s current state of biblical literacy?
- How often do people read, hear and study the Scriptures?
- What does the data suggest about the future of Bible engagement?
- How is technology changing the ways people relate to the Bible?
- Are there significant differences between generations or other demographic groups?
The findings reveal that orienting ourselves toward the Bible is one of the most urgent tasks for today’s Church. The Bible in America offers analysis, insights and encouragement to leaders who want to understand how people engage with the Scriptures today and how to cultivate biblical faith that lasts in an ever-changing world.
Full color report with infographics. 173 pages.
Available as a printed book or an e-book. Price: $40. [more...]