I pulled this graphic from Marc Cortez’s blog “Everyday Theology” (link on the right of this page if you want to read more from Marc).
I think these graphics clearly illustrate that our culture isn’t wondering whether or not the “Bible is relevant” to their lives. Instead, they’re probably searching for churches that will clearly and uncompromisingly engage them with the truth found within it.
Pastors and leaders: the easiest way for the Bible to infiltrate your church, and work through it into your culture, is to allow it to dictate the content of your weekly sermons or teaching.
Many have exchanged the call to biblical preaching (2 Timothy 3:16-4:5) for a “conversation.” That seems super trendy and cool, but perhaps the growing groups of people skeptical of the bible and unaffiliated with the church are the result of the shallow anecdotal religious commentary that drips from many pulpits. Or is it because many pulpits don’t exist anymore? In far too many places the lecterns that once held the sacred book as the preacher exposited it have been exchanged for a stool, a cool sweater, and a bag full of one-liners meant for amusement.
When I look at these statistics I see a culture that wants more, because (whether they realize it or not) they need more. We were created for more. Less and less people are going to believe the Bible is applicable and relevant if they cannot find a church where it is consistently and clearly taught. We would do well to heed Paul’s example:
1 Corinthians 15:1-5
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you– unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.