I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and to serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in Her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win something. This week, I want to share the heart behind Explore the Bible: Students.
The Holy Spirit accomplishes something powerful and transformative when the Scripture grabs a heart. Such moments are part of our aim with Explore the Bible: Students. We want students to read Scripture for themselves. We must study the text in its context so we can obey it in our context.
When we launched the Students and Kids lines of Explore the Bible in the fall of 2014, we created the first study of its kind: a book-by-book study for all ages. By expanding Explore the Bible to kids and students, our teams built on the rich legacy of providing studies for a systematic journey through Scripture. Our materials are available in print, PDF, e-reader, and app formats. Each session is complete with a training video which seeks not only to help your leaders prepare for one specific session, but encourages them to develop as leaders in general. Explore the Bible: Students, The Gospel Project for Students, and Bible Studies for Life: Students all produce conversation guides to help moms and dads disciple their students using their Bible study content as a guide.
One testimony came in from a network of student ministries who all use Explore the Bible: Students in sync with one another. Their students had finished the sessions in Genesis 1 and 2 just in time for their schools to teach various theories as to the origins of life. Because these students had been taught Scripture firsthand, they were all immediately able to spot a misrepresentation of the Christian worldview in their textbooks. “I just studied this yesterday and this is not what the Bible says,” explained one student to his class. When we understand the truth of God’s Word, we are equipped to spot a fraud.
It is exhilarating to envision the future for such students. When they stand before the church in their caps and gowns, they will have been taught verse-by-verse through entire books of the Bible at a time in their mid-week student services. They will be ready to give a reason for the hope that they have. They will have been trained up in the way they should go. God, give us a generation of young people who allow the Word of God to dwell in them richly.
In the mission of Explore the Bible: Students, and in hopes of seeing Scripture turn the heart of the young skeptic, we want to give away Bibles. Let The Apologetics Study Bible with its contributions by Ravi Zacharias and Norman Geisler be a blessing to you. Then, give a student in your ministry The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. Along with these, we are giving away a copy of Truth in a Culture of Doubt: Engaging Skeptical Challenges to the Bible.
Register to win here, or in the form below before 12:01am CT Thursday, February 4th, 2016.