On Monday I posted 5 things I want my students to know before they leave my small group in 2 years. I definitely stand by my 5 things, but as I was sitting in class today listening to one of my professors talk about how our culture has lost its ability to read stories correctly, I realized I neglected one huge thing. How to read the Bible.
For the junior high ministry culture in our context, our students have a decent amount of Bible knowledge. Some of them come from our Children’s ministry, and they have gotten pumped full of doctrine and Bible stories. This knowledge has largely been forced into them, and they haven’t had to really think for themselves–it’s all there for the taking.
A huge thing I need my students to take away from small group is the ability to read the Bible. We live in a world where young Christians are virtually Bible-illiterate. I didn’t realize how true this is until I got to a Bible college, but it’s so true. If I have anything to say about it (and I’m pretty sure I do), my students will know how to read the Bible when they leave my small group.