How to Form the Discipline of Daily Devotion

by Dale Partridge

Biblical illiteracy is a very real issue in the modern church. In fact, in March of 2020 a study released by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University revealed that only 6% of Americans have a biblical worldview. This is fascinating because Lifeway Research says that 9 out of 10 Americans own a Bible. Another study by Ligonier Ministries earlier this year stated that over 30% of American Christians and 50% of American Adults don’t believe Jesus was God. Ultimately, we are beginning to see the true state of the Western church. Unfortunately, Many Christians are part of the problem. Namely, they have a general understanding of the Bible made up of our periodic devotions, podcasts, and Sunday sermons. But do you have a disciplined devotional time that reflects the degree of gratitude and love you have for the Gospel of Jesus Christ? In other words, do you have a daily commitment to a genuine and hardy study, worship, prayer, and praise?

In this episode of Real Christianity, pastor Dale Partridge gets down to the root of the American church’s fickle and lethargic commitment to the Word of God. 

This Episode’s Question

“Pastor Dale, I can sense an increasing hostility toward Christianity and I’m finding more and more friends falling prey to the cultural influences of our day. However, I don’t feel equipped to respond to many of the common questions around sexuality, gender, substance abuse, and suicide that come from non-believers in my life. In addition, I also don’t feel equipped to answer the biblical or theological questions that come up among people in my church. Ultimately, I am tired of not having the answer to these important questions and I would like to change that in 2021. Can you tell me your daily routine or another routine that will help prepare me for a more active ministry in the new year?

Justin -Jackson, Tennessee

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Scripture References

  • Matthew 6:33

    “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

  • 2 Timothy 2:15

    “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”

  • Jeremiah 9:23-24

    “Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, 24 but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”

  • 2 Corinthians 9:8

    “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” The fastest way to accomplish anything is first seeking God.

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