I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and 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 a free copy of the resource. This week’s resource is Explore the Bible for Students bundle for Winter. Our student team helped write this post.
Have you ever considered how much time you spend teaching the Bible to the students in your small groups or Sunday school classes? If you spent an hour studying the Bible with students each week, at the end of the year, you would have spent 52 hours together. No one, however, comes every week. So let’s round down to 48 hours. That is two days of intentional Bible study. You have two days each year to teach your students the Bible, so how do you make sure you make the most of those two days?
Simply put, you have too little time with students to approach Bible study without a plan. What marks your study of Scripture? If we fail to develop a framework for what will guide our time in the Scriptures with our students, we fail them. Intentional discipleship requires an intentional approach to Bible study. Here are 6 distinctives of intentional discipleship that should constantly shape your time in the Bible with students:
1. The Gospel
Every Bible study should point students to their need for Christ. We are not interested in producing good Pharisees who know how to keep all the rules but disciples who see their need for Christ and seek Him daily.
The goal of Bible study is never merely to know the Bible. If your students know what the Bible says but their hearts aren’t transformed by its truth—they have the same level of faith as that of the demons (Jas. 2:19). Our ultimate goal in studying the Bible is worship. We want students to catch a vision for the glory, greatness, and goodness of God.
It’s not enough for students to study the Bible on their own. God saves us individually but calls us to work out our salvation in the context of community by studying, applying, and wrestling with the Scripture together.
Parents are called to be the primary disciplers of their children. Do you regularly recognize this and look for ways to help students connect with their parents? Do you look for opportunities to help the parents of your students exercise this calling?
God has given us a mission that begins where we are and extends to every nation on the globe. Faithful Bible study helps students to both see their part and actively participate in this mission.
6. Student Context
God loved us so much that He took on human flesh and entered our culture and context. As you study the Bible with students, strive to enter their culture and context. Strive to understand them and the culture they are coming from so that you might more faithfully and effectively point them to Christ.
If you don’t have any goals or aren’t sure about what you focus on and accomplish when you study the Bible with the students from your church, it’s time to develop a plan. One of the simplest steps in this process is finding curriculum that values these 6 factors. What is driving your study of the Bible with students?
As a follower of Jesus, making disciples is not optional. It is the ultimate calling Christ placed on our lives before He ascended into heaven. Over the course of the next year, you might spend 48 hours with a student but how does that compare with the amount of time they will spend playing a sport, playing in the band, or going to school? We have too little time and the hearts and lives of our students are far too precious to step lightly into our time in God’s Word with students.
Enter here or in the form below by 11:59pm tonight, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 for your chance to win an Explore the Bible Students Winter bundle that includes: 1 Student Leader Guide, 1 Student Leader Pack, and 12 Student Personal Study Guides. We will contact the winners within the next few days.