When we swim on the swim team, we bring a towel. When we run for field day, we bring a water bottle. When we go to school, we bring our backpack. When we go to art camp, we are sure to wear something that can get messed up. These are all things we must have to be successful in what we’ve chosen to do. We want to be ready. We want to be equipped. We want to be prepared.
Bringing your Bible to church is exactly the same! Research tells us that we learn 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, but 65% of what we hear AND see.
When we come to church without our bibles, we come ready to only hear. We are coming prepared to walk away with only 20% of what is shared. But when we come to church with our bibles, ready to hear AND to see what is being read, we plan to walk away with so much more.
We are dealing with eternal things, life lessons, relationship tools, and a greater understanding of who God is and who we are as disciples of Jesus Christ when we bring our bibles to church. We engage in a worship service ceremony each fall and give bibles to all our 1st graders (they are just learning to read, so we give them Early Reader’s Bibles), all our 3rd graders (they get a red-letter NIV to use at CLUB345,) and all our 6th graders (they get a study bible to use and learn going through Confirmation.) Having access or getting bibles is not the issue….it’s bringing it, which is reflective of our using it…or not.
We join swim team to be a great swimmer. We run on field day to win the prize. We go to school to learn to be great citizens and learners. We go to art camp to get our greatest creativity on. When we come to church with our bibles, we come ready and prepared to be a great disciple of Jesus Christ. Let’s be great together!
“Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.” Job 34:4