Bible Engagement

Posted by donna on June 30, 2015

Capture.PNGWe had an amazing Canada East Conference at beautiful Fair Havens during the first week of June.  After experiencing this Conference I have had time to reflect on the topic of Biblical engagement.  Before I share my thoughts from the Scriptures, I would like to first express my sincere and deepest appreciation to Canada East Superintendent, Laird Crump, Conference Chair, Pastor John Thompson and the entire Conference planning team.  A big thank you also to the Worship team under the leadership of Keith Sparrow and the many volunteers who made our AGC Canada East Conference, ‘re connect’ , such a tremendous success.  Appreciation also to our team at Fair Havens ... great job!  

Our key note speaker, Tim Day (The Meeting House) ministered to us and impacted our lives with truth from God’s Word.  Tim has graciously offered us a free copy of his book God Enters Stage Left.  You may contact the office if you would like a copy.

Now, my thoughts on Biblical engagement,

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."           2 Timothy 3:16, 17 

"Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God, as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." 2 Peter 1: 20, 21

Recently, the EFC reported the findings of their "Bible Engagement Study." Bible reading has decreased steadily across Canada between 1996 and 2013. Among Evangelicals, the numbers are higher, but still, the fact is that only 40-45% of Evangelicals read the Scriptures on a weekly basis, while 40% of people read the Bible once a month or less.

At the same time, the appetite for expository preaching has waned, being replaced by more topical preaching. Combine this with a huge decline in Canadians believing that the Scriptures are reliable and trustworthy. The result is that many Canadians, including an ever increasing amount of Evangelicals, find their identity in non biblical sectors of life and practice. This has obvious implications for our lives and brings about a major challenge to the Church.

God has revealed Himself in the Scriptures and in these Scriptures, by the power of the indwelling Spirit we find Him and He transforms us. We need a renewal of Biblical Christianity in Canada, beginning with the Evangelical Church ... beginning in each of our hearts.


Willem Fietje