“What you do with the Bible publicly is what people will probably do with the Bible privately.”
This statement was made by a seminary professor of mine when I was only 7 months into seminary, and it has stuck with me over the past 3 years since. What we do publicly will be replicated by those we lead. Most importantly, what you do as a pastor with the Bible your people will do publicly as well as privately. How you teach, how you model, how you walk alongside of people will be looked upon and followed by those around you. How are you modeling the Bible publicly? What are you doing with Scriptures that your church will take back to their homes and use with their families and personally?
How you preach and approach Scripture on Sunday is how people will approach it during the rest of the week. As we enter the Word together through preaching and walk through passages, it helps people to have the confidence in their own ability to read their Bible on their own, and gives them the knowledge of how to open it up and how to read it at home too. How your church watches how you approach difficult texts and walk through hard passages is how they will approach them when they come to them. Place a value on modeling proper handling of the Word through preaching as well as just around the church and in the community. People will note how you talk about the Bible, how you turn to the Scriptures and how you lean (or how you do not lean) on the Word of God through conversations and all areas of your life.
How you and your church lead publicly matters as it will influence privately.
But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. (2 Cor. 4:2 ESV)