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  • Writer's pictureJean-Garry Olivier Jr

The Transformative Power of Biblical Literacy

Updated: Sep 30, 2023


What comes to your mind when you think of biblical literacy? Does it feel like the Bible is a distant book from a far foreign land and time? The Bible can sometimes feel intimidating and make us feel like we do not measure up to understand it. For believers, the journey of faith is a life of transformation. Understanding God's Word gives us a clear perspective of what God intended this world to be. Biblical literacy is more than reading the Bible. It is about absorbing all it provides. It is about grasping it and applying everything it says to our everyday lives so we can be molded.

Biblical Literacy at its Core

When we think of biblical literacy, it should not be a thought of school or academic pursuit, although it can be that also. The main thing that should come to mind is a spiritual journey. The ability to unpack the jewels hidden in the Bible and allow those truths to shape our thoughts and actions.

Scripture

2 Timothy 3:16-17 reads, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Let us break this down in basic terms:

“All Scripture is God-breathed…” Meaning that the words in the Bible are inspired by God Himself. God took time to communicate to human writers His words for them to put down to paper.

“…is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” The Bible has many purposes:

1. Teaching – knowledge about who God is and the purpose and plan He has for us all.

2. Rebuking – Helps us get right with God when we rebel against Him.

3. Correcting – shows us the right way and how to find it when we go off course.

4. Training in righteousness- Trains us to live right before God by His standards.

“…so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” The purpose of the Word is not all about gaining knowledge for oneself, but it is the transformative power it has to make us better servants of Christ. When this happens, we please God by serving others.

Through the Word

Transformation only happens through the Word. Believers who intentionally spend time in the Word experience a change when they apply the message to their lives. Unbelievers who dive into the passages of the Bible and are sincere can be redeemed by Jesus.

Living the Word

We must live out those truths once the Word has penetrated our hearts. In so doing, we are showing the world God’s love with each interaction and becoming a tool God can use to transform others.

Impact the World

Our transformation is not only for ourselves but also for us to impact the world for Christ. What is the world? The world around us. Our families, our jobs, our neighborhoods, our communities, and our cities. James 1:22 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Let’s get after it for the glory of God.

Get Involved

How has engaging the Bible changed your life and grown your faith? How are you impacting your world? I would love to hear or see you (drop a video). Share with us your faith journey, and let us learn and grow together.

Invitation

Have you considered Jesus? Jesus is the only way we can truly experience a transformed life. I invite you to receive Him today as your Lord and Savior. Romans 10:9 says, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” There is assurance in these words. Please let me know if you made the decision to follow Jesus. I would love to celebrate with you.

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