You All Know the Story
“You all know the story,” or “You’re all familiar with the story,” are phrases often heard from preachers and Bible class teachers, who assume the audience has a thorough basic knowledge of the Bible. I know I’ve used them several times over the years. However, as I recently heard a friend use those words in a sermon, I thought to myself, Do they? Are many of the stories found in the Bible known by most of the audience?
In a 2017 report of research done by LifeWay, it was concluded that only 20% of 1,000 surveyed Americans said they have read the whole Bible at least once, 43% said they had only read certain passages or stories, and 10% had never read any of the Bible.
I would assume that those numbers would be higher among our audiences, but I can’t help but wonder, are our audiences familiar with the biblical illustrations to which we refer? And if they’re not, do they really get the point of the illustrations we use?
Let me encourage each and every one of you to read the Bible regularly, whether it is participating in our Daily Bible Readers schedule, or following your own schedule.
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”2 Timothy 2:15
To rightly divide or correctly handle the precious Word of God, we must spend time reading and studying it.