Future Looking Bright

Wednesday nights during the school year are a time of discipleship and bible study in our student ministry.  We have been going over how to study the Bible for yourself with the students.  It has been a good course.  It is basically what is taught in some Bible colleges and seminaries as "hermeneutics".  Here's a little of what we've covered...

  • The difference between the various translations (word-for-word & thought-for-thought)

  • The importance of context

  • Literary genres in the Bible

  • Tools to use (Bible handbooks, concordances, topical Bibles, commentaries, etc)

We split the group into three teams and let each team choose a passage.  They were given 3 weeks to dissect it and then they had to share their learning with the rest of the whole group.  I must say that I knew we had some great students, but I was blown away by what they shared.  It was very encouraging as a student pastor to watch students do what many ministers do every day.  You could see also in many of them that the light bulbs were coming on.

I'm anxious to see what the future holds if these students will apply these tools that we've given to them.  I think that it could radically change the course of this area.  I encourage all that work with students to see that they are ready and want to grasp the great truths of Scriptures.  Do everything you can to equip them for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:12).