In Episode 8 I talked to Caleb and Rebekah Drahosh on the topic of Biblical literacy. Caleb and Rebekah live in Jamestown, North Dakota with their five children. Caleb is the pastor at Buffalo City Church, which they planted with Rebekah's parents in 2015. Rebekah primarily stays home with their children and is passionate about discipling women and helping them grow in Bible literacy. Both Caleb and Rebekah completed their graduate degrees at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
We discuss what Biblical literacy is and what it looks like. We dive into the dangers of Biblically illiterate Christians and how those seeking to know the Bible better can get started.
What is Biblical literacy? - “Knowing the Bible. Knowing what is contained in Scripture. Not just a portion of it, but the whole of it.” “Understanding the Bible, as an entire work, as one work, a story from beginning to end with lots of genres, with lots of authors, over a long period of time, but understanding it as a unified document.” “God chose to communicate about himself through his word, and he’s not a cruel God. So if he chose to communicate this way there is a way for you to attain knowledge through it.”
Is it possible to be Biblically literate and not be a Christian, and is it possible for a Christian to be Biblically illiterate? - Yes to both. Biblical literacy doesn't make you a Christian. The difference is the goal. Is the reading informational or formational? “Genuine believers want to know who God is.”
What are the dangers of Biblically illiterate believers? - “If you are a believer and you do not know your bible well you are going to be susceptible to philosophies and ideas about God and Christianity that aren’t contained in scripture and ultimately you will be led astray.” “Giving people a false picture of who God is, is sin.” “We affirm that the word of God is what actually changes us and sanctifies us, so if you are not engaging in regular bible reading you are probably not growing in sanctification.” “People who say I am a Christian, and then have no hunger or desire for the things of God contained in scripture may be proving that they’re not.”
What about women specifically? - “Because they’ve been emotionally, and spiritually neglected by their husbands, by the men in their lives, by their dads or whoever...there’s an increased susceptibility to these types of messages.” “There are so many good things to read that if it’s questionable, why waste your time? Just read the good things.” Historical female role models: Amy Carmichael, Susanna Wesley, Sarah Edwards, Elisabeth Elliot.
How could someone increase in Biblical literacy? - “Begin to build the reservoir.” Trust Isaiah 55:11 “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Find a bible reading plan and stick to it. Start at the beginning of a book and finish the book. Ask, “what genre am I reading?” Read through the whole book as quickly as you can before you start to break it down.
How does the idea of Biblical literacy tie into the gospel? - “You can’t know who God is apart from the saving work of Jesus Christ.” “The gospel is something that we’re trying to constantly apply to every area of our lives and the Bible gives us the ability to understand how to do that, and to understand the greater story, and what the gospel has accomplished for us in Christ.”
Women of the Word - Jen Wilkin
According to Plan - Graeme Goldsworthy
Biblically literate men in women in your church
A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible - Tim Challies
Seamless - Angie Smith
What We're Reading
Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s bible reading plan
Talks to Farmers - Charles Spurgeon
The Offices of Christ - Thomas Boston
Silmarillion - JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
Creation and Fall and Temptation - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Wishsong of Shannara - Terry Brooks
The Wingfeather Saga - Andrew Peterson
Revelation & Colossians
Spritual Disciplines for the Christian Life - Donald Whitney
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