March 12, 2020 | IFA Staff
Intercessors for America is thrilled to be part of Together 2020, a gathering of Christians in Washington, D.C. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on 6/20/20. Together 2020 will be a living tribute to the Bible–an immersive experience of art, music, and culture as a part of the Year of the Bible. Thousands of churches, ministries, and individuals are coming together to see more Scripture engagement than ever before.
Last week, IFA staff had the privilege of participating in, and praying for, a meeting of D.C. leaders in advance of this incredible event. We were blown away by all the creative and inspired ways that ministries and leaders are encouraging Bible engagement. We are so excited to share some of these resources with you. You can find out even more at yearofthebible.com and for resources at yearofthebible.com/resources.
When the book of the law was lost and then found by Josiah, it was lost in the temple! Bible knowledge and engagement has been trending down with each new generation. But if the Bible can be lost in the Church, it can also be found, just like in Josiah’s day. There are amazing organizations that are determined to engage more and more people with the Bible, which the evidence suggests is the best way to create true disciples of Christ.
I want to highlight a few that really excited me. First, I was amazed by the story of the Streetlights app. The founder was leading a Bible study in the inner city of Chicago, the hood he called it, and found that most of the young men he was discipling couldn’t read. He decided to record himself reading the Bible to a kind of rap beat. As I listen, I get Holy Spirit chill bumps, imagining how precious our Lord is–the Word being spoken in a way these young men can understand and relate to! You know that there is power in the Word spoken aloud. Your young friends may really love listening to the Bible in this way.
Another resource I want to highlight is the Bible project. Have you seen their amazing videos? They are shareable and so clear. God gave us our five senses for a reason, and when Scripture is presented engaging several senses, it is incredibly impactful. This video on Peace is particularly appropriate for right now.
Have you heard about Go2020? They aim to mobilize 100 million believers to reach 1 Billion people with the Gospel in May 2020 worldwide, with a goal of mobilizing 10 million Americans to reach 100 million. This is the largest evangelistic movement in history and we can all be a part of it. You don’t need me to preach to you about Jesus’ command to go and make disciples of all nations. I am praying for the Holy Spirit to inspire every believer to share the truth of Christ, beginning with me.
The American Bible Society offers all sorts of incredible resources, much more than I imagined. One that they highlighted is the State of the Bible 2019. This research underscores the vital importance of engaging people with the Bible.
There were so many other amazing Bible engagement resources presented. They are all on the Year of the Bible website.
We at IFA know that you are concerned about the next generation. We receive your prayer requests for your children and grandchildren, your nieces and nephews, and more. We are also all parents and some of us are also grandparents. Pray about how you can encourage Bible engagement in creative ways that you may not have known existed. Pray about reaching out to your loved ones in ways that will resonate and touch them where they are.
Leave a comment with the name or names of some of the young people you are praying for and click Amen! as you pray for other intercessors’ loved ones.
Finally, I leave you with a video from Spoken Gospel on the book of Genesis. This method of sharing God’s truth is so beautiful. If you like it, pray about who you can share it with.
(Judy McDonough is IFA Communications Director.)