Episode 250

State of the Bible 2022 & ‘Why the Nativity?’ Docudrama

Dec 19, 2022

Scripture engagement improves the majority of life, but Bible reading continues to lag behind levels seen before the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Bible Society said in recapping key findings from the 2022 State of the Bible. And, turning Point Studios, a division of well-known author and pastor David Jeremiah’s Turning Point for God, released its first feature length docudrama film, ‘Why the Nativity?’ on Thanksgiving Day.

Transcript

Scripture engagement improves the majority of life, but Bible reading continues to lag behind levels seen before the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Bible Society said in recapping key findings from the 2022 State of the Bible.

The study reported, “People live better lives when they engage with the Bible – reading it frequently, applying its teachings to their decisions, and making it central to their faith,” the ABS said. “Personally, they experience less stress, less anxiety, and more hope.”

Other interesting facts about regularly engaging Scipture are…

  • Apps increase daily Bible use.
  • Scripture engaged people want to be good neighbors
  • Gen Z shows high levels of stress, anxiety and depression; but those who are Scripture engaged report fewer symptoms;
  • More than two-thirds of people 57 and younger who consider themselves committed Christians don’t attend church at least monthly
  • Nearly a third of American adults – 80 million people – regularly share Scripture with others;
  • Scripture engaged Christians tend to read entire Bible chapters or stories at one sitting; read Scripture at the same time each day, and follow a reading schedule, plan or program;
  • Scripture engaged adults gave an estimated $145 billion in charity in 2021.

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Turning Point Studios, a division of well-known author and pastor David Jeremiah’s Turning Point for God, released its first feature length docudrama film, ‘Why the Nativity?’ on Thanksgiving Day.

Why the Nativity? explores questions, facts and history seldom seen in traditional Nativity stories – from the influence of Roman rule, to the identities of the wisemen, to the back story of Mary and Joseph as children. This is the story of a couple accepting a monumental change, of a journey fraught with danger, of oppressive rule, of the lowliest of society together with kings and wisemen from around the ancient world journeying to see a God not their own but worshiping Him still.

Why the Nativity? is available on Turning Point Television, Turning Point+ and Fox Nation and will air on Lifetime Television on Christmas Day. A made for television version has been adapted and will air on Turning Point’s regularly scheduled daily and weekend programs in December. In addition, the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., will be playing Why the Nativity?in its theaters until January 6.

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