I'm leading a conference at Glorieta this week for Ministers of Education with my friend Rob Patterson from Bowling Green, Kentucky. I always thought Bowling Green was a cool name for a city!
Tuesday, I am leading a seminar about teaching theology in Sunday School. It went very well and I was pleased with the dialogue it created. One discussion in particular had to do with getting people to apply the truths they learn on Sunday to their personal lives during the week. My comment was that although there are many reasons to encourage our groups to do this, for me the over riding reason is that when a believer follows through by applying biblical principles in their life each week, we are teaching them to truly come under the authority of Scripture.
Let's face it… when we learn a biblical truth on Sunday morning but refuse to apply that truth in our life during the week, we are refusing to come under God's authority. This is not just a 21st century problem, it has been humankind's problem since Adam and Eve. The first couple had the perfect life… and they were living under God's authority. The day they chose to eat the fruit, they left God's authority. The same can be said of Saul in 1 Samuel 15. Saul had been given instruction from God through the prophet Samuel to destroy the Amalekites. Instead, Saul decided to keep the best of the sheep, goats, etc. and did not destroy the Amalekites. As a result, God took the kingdom from Saul and gave it to David. Saul knew better, but refused to live under God's authority because it seemed more reasonable that killing such fine livestock was a waste.
Teaching theology (biblical truth) in Sunday School is a matter of leading the people in our groups to realize that when they apply God's truth to their every day lives, they will always be living under God's authority. The real purpose of application from a Bible study is more than doing right and wrong, application puts us under God's authority.. and in His blessing!
Other concepts I taught today (Tuesday) included the Learning Loop, and Modern/Postmodern learning styles. You can download my powerpoint presentation at www.bgco.org/missionalresources. Scroll to the bottom of the page and all of my presentations this week are there.