5 Starting Places for Engaging Millennials with the Bible
In a recent article at christianitydaily.com it was stated that 26% of Millennials said they read their Bible at least once a week. 26%, as compared to 18% of non-Millennials said that they increased their “bible application” over the past year as a result of their reading.
I am not sure where these numbers come from, which study or survey, that is. However, it did get me thinking about ways that we might increase Bible reading across the board in our churches, in all generations.
If we were to focus more on biblical intimacy as opposed to biblical intimacy, I wonder if we might increase the percentage of those who read at least once a week? Especially, I wonder; if we are able to help people learn that interacting with the bible has as much to do with the bible reading us as us reading the bible. This, IMO, is where were we move past merely increasing biblical literacy and we move toward deeper levels of biblical intimacy that ultimately leads toward deeper commitments and to faithful application.
Here are 5 places in our Christian Scriptures to help people start, especially Millennials, become more biblically intimate.
- Start with the poetry books. The books of Job, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, etc. are filled with wisdom for life, instructions for a life of worship and truths for meditation and contemplation.
- Start with the Minor Prophets. Seems like a difficult or maybe even awkward place to start, right? Maybe, however, the prophets commitment to warning the nation of Israel about eliminating injustice is not only fitting for today, but, according to surveys everywhere, justice for all is important to Millennials.
- Start with the book of James. For the same reasons you might start with the Minor Prophets, the book of James would be a great place to start – the theme seems to be one Millennials are already interested in. James is a book about practical Christian living that illustrates an authentic faith and transformation.
- Start with the laments in Psalms. The lament prayers in Psalms provide a framework for moving a person from despair to joy or from darkness to light. I would imagine that many of the Millennials in your church could be helped in times of need by knowing that the Psalms provide a blueprint for dealing with an array of catastrophes and crises.
- Start with the Song of Solomon. Song of Solomon is a love poem. Who doesn’t love a good love story filled with micro-stories of love? This is especially a great place to start because of the books theme of God’s deep love for humanity.
What would it take in your church to engage the Millennials in deeper levels of biblical intimacy?