There was a time when the church was very conservative in our expression of worship; today, spontaneous, lively, expressive and Spirit-led worship can be found in so many local churches. And it is indeed a wonderful thing! You will also find churches with traditional adult services permitting young people to have their own vibrant contemporary worship services! There has been so much interest in developing and revolutionizing worship that getting believers to engage in passionate worship is no longer a challenge as it used to be. Glory to God!
Now, what we need today is a different kind of revolution – the revolution of the Word of God! While general literacy has made quantum leaps in recent decades and most Christians in a modern city like Singapore are way more educated than Christians in the past, say 30 or 40 years ago, yet Bible literacy is embarrassingly low! In his article, The Epidemic of Bible Illiteracy in Our Churches (published July 6, 2015 in Christianity Today), Ed Steyzer said, “Christians claim to believe the Bible is God’s Word. We claim it’s God’s divinely inspired, inerrant message to us. Yet despite this, we aren’t reading it. A recent LifeWay Research study found only 45 percent of those who regularly attend church read the Bible more than once a week. Over 40 percent of the people attending read their Bible occasionally, maybe once or twice a month. Almost 1 in 5 churchgoers say they never read the Bible – essentially the same number who read it every day.”
In my observation (and I do hope I’m wrong), I suspect the statistics here in Singapore are not far different from the US. Just look at current trends: more worship events, more leadership conferences and more supernatural gatherings held in our country compared to events that actually teach the Bible. In fact, I wonder how many and who would attend a conference on how to interpret the Bible compared to a Hillsong Conference or Kingdom Invasion Conference for instance? (I’m not saying the latter two conferences are no good, they are good – I’m just making a point here about the degrees of interest and how worrying it could be.) Since early 2000 till now, I have often heard young people asking to hold worship events or worship nights without sermons. They say, “Pastor, we just want to worship!” Since when was preaching the Word and listening attentively to it no longer an expression of worship?? 🤔Many cell groups spend more time socializing, sharing personal prayer concerns and struggles than digging into the Word. (If your cell group is not like that – praise the Lord! And if your CG is all study with no community and sharing of lives and personal struggles, that’s a problem too!) Have we not considered maybe if we have a deeper understanding of the Word, knew God better through His Word, apply His Word and walk by faith, we would have fewer problems, struggles and crises? There are many more examples but I won’t belabor the point, I think you get the idea. And this is why we need a Word Revolution today!