St. Paul writes, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 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 3:14-17)
Congregational and individual mission revitalization begins and ends in the Word of God. Through the Word of God, the Holy Spirit “thoroughly equips every [person] for every good work.”
I think there is direct parallel between Scriptural illiteracy and the apathy many Christians have towards participating in Jesus’ mission of seeking and saving the lost.
According to an Agnus Reid poll, only 20% of Christians read their Bible once a
week. International Bible Readers Association reports that 85% of professing Christians have never read the entire Bible. Is it any wonder that more and more Christians are being deceived by the philosophies, values, ideologies, and beliefs of our world?
If you are interested in seeing your congregation (and individuals) being revitalized for missions then introduce and promote a daily Bible reading program in your congregation. Of course, it is essential that a “critical mass” of members become involved in this Bible reading initiative. YouVersion and Bible Gateway offer many online Bible reading programs.