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MORE THAN 250,000 HOURS spent STUDYING THE BIBLE EACH YEAR

In 2014, Chattanooga may have been named America’s “No. 1 Bible Minded City” by noted pollster George Barna.

Yet while Chattanooga’s Bible knowledge is high relative to other cities, there is still much barren soil to till. Barna states that America’s youth are increasingly unfamiliar with the Bible’s basic teachings:

  • 5 in 10 students have had little or no exposure to the wisdom and knowledge of the Bible;

  • “God helps those who help themselves” is the most widely believed Bible verse among churchgoing teens, though it appears nowhere in the Bible and conflicts with its message;

  • 8 in 10 people cannot say who preached the Sermon on the Mount.
Many may be saying to themselves, “These statistics can’t possibly be real, not in America’s ‘No. 1 Bible Minded City.’”

But for hundreds of Hamilton County students, Bible history class is the only instruction they receive in the world’s most influential book.  Meet some of these students.