Tag Archives: bible study

What You Believe Doesn’t Matter

What You Believe Doesn't Matter

What you say you believe doesn’t really matter does it? At least not in words… How you live is way more interesting, revealing, and truth-telling.  Why, then, do we say things to students/youth like, “You have to decide what you believe for yourself.  That is the most important thing.”  Shouldn’t we encourage them to practice their faith instead of practicing ...

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Free curriculum resource.

What You Believe Doesn't Matter

I just realized that I’ve had an unused curriculum resource just wasting away on the shelf. It’s a little old, but it doesn’t look old like that Petra Praise VHS does sitting next to your used-once-can’t-be-used-again Nooma DVDs. It’s pretty comprehensive too, weighing in at about 1,189 weeks of material. That’s nearly 23 years of quality curriculum. It’s the Bible. ...

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a final volley in the general direction of The Message

I’m entering 2013 trying to wrap up a couple of arguments in my mind. They’re just between me and me, but I’m defragging and dumping brain-files I don’t want to hang on to anymore. The use of The Message as an authoritative text in Christian teaching is one such brain-file. I’ve driven it from common usage in our youth room, ...

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Jonah: A Simple 4-Week Bible Study

 Jonah: A Simple 4-Week Bible Study Background: this is a “starter” Bible study to get Youth interested in reading the Bible on their own or with friends and/or family.  The goal is to spend only 15 minutes a week reading and then discussing the Scripture together.  The Youthworker should take additional time to read commentaries and notes about the Book ...

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“Women should be silent.” WHAT?!?

It was bad luck for the Baptist denomination that I happened to join my high school friend for Sunday School on the day they were studying the part of Ephesians that mentions women should be submissive to their husbands.  This was my first impression of what a Baptist church was about, and that word “submissive” did not sit well with ...

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Youth Disciple Bible Study Online this Fall

Something old-something new! The life changing DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY is now available for use with youth totally online. No manuals, no picking a time or place to meet, no transportation obstacles. In fact, youth from neighboring communities or even other countries can join in. If we are going to transform the world, we need our next generation of Christians to ...

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The G.I.F.T. Challenge – Session I

If your group is ready to jump into an in-depth Bible study, this 6 week study from Amy Valdez Barker might be the right choice for you.  Be sure to celebrate at the end of the 6 weeks for a job well done! G.I.F.T. CHALLENGE GUIDELINES – Session I   By:  Amy Valdez Barker PhD Student, CE and Congregational Studies ...

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Shadows Darkness & Dawn .:. Group Lenten Journey

I was recently given a copy of the UpperRoom’s new Lenten devotional book “Shadows, Darkness, and Dawn.” If you are like me, the daily devotionals usually go about three months then fade away with a new season of the year. So the practice of doing a period devotional piece appeals to me. When looking at this book resource I couldn’t ...

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