Charles, a Deaf pastor on the East coast, noticed an increase in Scripture knowledge and understanding with his Deaf church members. He calls it Growth in Fruitfulness. The Bible uses metaphors for fruit to describe how Christians grow in their faith. Charles attributes this growth to their church’s transition from the use of a written Bible to the American Sign Language Bible Version (ASLV) using the Deaf Bible App.
Making the change from the written Bible – words on a page – to the ASL Bible, signed on video, has empowered them to know Christ in a deeper way.
Charles says at first, he was nervous about using the Deaf Bible App at church because “technology had never really clicked with him.” But, he knew that opening himself up to Scripture Engagement in sign language meant more possibilities for a deeper connection with God. Charles readied himself to take a technical leap of faith!
Before Bible content was made available and accessible in ASL, Charles’ primary way to engage with Scripture was with a printed Bible. Although he read and understood written English, the two languages are different in sentence structure and grammar. He knew that only having the Bible in printed English was leaving many Deaf church members feeling less equipped to fully understand God’s Word.
Making the switch to Scripture in sign language, God gave Charles newness. Since making that change, he has more confidence with his teaching and preparations for his Sunday sermon. And now he utilizes the ASLV study Bible on a weekly basis!
Deaf pastors, like Charles, who make the switch to engage with God’s Word in sign language now have access to clearly understand and pursue fruitfulness.
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19