Today's activity – commit to be a teacher of the entire Word of God. Examine this week's study. Are you leading your people into a transformational study of God's Word?
We live in a day where our society no longer values the Bible as the source of truth, as a source of truth maybe, but not THE source of truth. You and I need to commit ourselves to the Bible as the inspired word of God and teach it in its entirety.
You may be thinking to yourself, "Well of course I'm going to teach the Bible! What else would I teach?" Let me share with you some underlying issues regarding what we teach in our open groups (Sunday School).
First, you need a good curriculum. Now technically we don't teach the curriculum, the curriculum is just a guide to help us teach the Bible. It provides good commentary and age-appropriate ideas to help communicate biblical truth to your group. Look at your curriculum as a road map. It is a guide to help you reach your destination. For a Bible study group, we want to teach the entire Word of God. The curriculum is a guide to help us teach the Bible in its entirety. We must study Habakkuk as well as Philippians! We need to study the justice of God as well as the love of God. Jesus is more than my bff! (That's "best friend forever" for you non-texters).
The second advantage to a good curriculum is that it puts you in a proactive position rather than a reactive position in times of crisis. Not having a curriculum map means that you study marriage after several couples in the church are in trouble. Reactive Bible study is much like locking the barn after the horses have left! A systematic plan to teach through all the Scriptures will strengthen the biblical depth of your members so that they will already have the biblical knowledge necessary before they are faced with a crisis such as the one just mentioned.
Finally, a good curriculum will help prevent your Bible study class from turning into a book-of-the-month club. Some aspects of our society today have crept into the church. We need to teach the Bible, not as a self-help manual or a really cool book, but as the Word of God. Yes, studying the Bible will help you have a better marriage, help you raise godly kids, and be a good steward of your resources. But the Bible was ultimately written so that you and I can actually know God in a personal and real way.
On a personal note, my opinion is that we are losing the younger generation of adults because many of our small groups do not have a systematic plan to study the Bible. Young people today have grown up in a pluralistic culture. Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and new age beliefs abound. When I was growing up, pluralistic meant Methodists and Presbyterians! Young adults are searching for God. They want to know what we believe. Our small groups must present the God of the Bible and avoid pop-psychology studies. I'm just saying…