Bible reading as a child key to becoming a faithful adult

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
 | 
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

child reading Bible 620x300A new study by LifeWay Research finds the biggest factor in predicting the spiritual health of young adults is whether they read the Bible regularly during their childhood.

The evangelical research firm, based in Nashville, surveyed 2,000 Protestant parents with young adult children and asked them to look back on the growing-up years as well as where their children are spiritually today (ages 18-30). Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, said the best predictor of spiritual health – according to the survey – was the regular reading of God's Word.

"If we see a child or a student who gets into that habit, it's much more likely that they're going to call themselves a Christian as a young adult and have other habits of practicing the Christian faith as a young adult," he explains.

McConnell, Scott (LifeWay Research)Other positive predictors of the child's spiritual health revealed by the study include: regularly spending time in prayer as they were growing up, regularly serving in church, listening to primarily Christian music, and participating in church mission trips and projects.

McConnell concludes that it's important for parents to model these types of behaviors in front of their children. "In the end, parents hope the light will go on and their children will want to follow God on their own," he says. "At any age the Holy Spirit can flip the light switch, and these habits can help kids grow in their faith.”

The study revealed negative predictors as well, such as: not wanting to go to church as a teen, possessing a rebellious attitude, listening primarily to secular/popular music, and attending family church services less and less frequently.

Of the 2,000 parents surveyed, about half revealed that their adult children don't actually practice the Christian faith.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Do Democrats have a shot at taking the House in the midterms?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Trump: 'We will be 100 percent' with storm victims
Grassley says FBI doesn't need to investigate
School's new dress code includes pajamas
Trump says 'hard to imagine' Kavanaugh guilty of allegation
Police kill gunman who shot 4 in Pennsylvania court lobby
Regulators: NC flooding too bad to tally environmental harm

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Grassley demands Feinstein turn over letter from Kavanaugh accuser: 'I cannot overstate how disappointed I am'
2 more 'Deep State' radicals boast of undermining president
Parents spend 37 hours a week worrying about kids
University offers whites-only meetings to help staff, students ‘work toward white consciousness’
Reasoning about race

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Luther took the risk – we reap the rewards

Martin Luther 95 thesesToday marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the pivotal moment when a humble monk dared challenge the heresy that the Church was the mediator between God and man – and the result was so much more than an alternate brand of Christianity.