Discipleship in a Digital Age of Biblical Illiteracy


Many consider the 21st century to present a unique set of challenges to Christian evangelism and discipleship. Several studies in the United Kingdom present the following conclusions:

  1. Christians have more knowledge than spiritual ability.
  2. Christians demonstrate little spiritual growth.
  3. Non-Christians know little about the Christian faith.

But rather than lament the state of digital culture and biblical illiteracy, we can learn to reach our communities—both young and old—in fresh ways.

In this Seven Minute Seminary video, Dr. Joseph Wood suggests that Christians have the opportunity to share and deepen their faith by pursuing the following:

  1. Disciples need to become good storytellers.
  2. Read the Bible and teach others how to read it well.

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Dr. Joseph Wood is Lecturer in Church History and Wesley Studies, Nazarene Theological College, Manchester, England. Joseph is married to Kathryn (Kat) Wood who is a pastor at the Church of the Nazarene in Ashton-under-Lyne. Together they have two little girls called Evelyn and Miriam, and a half Scottie, half Westie dog called Dixie.