This study looks at the letters written by Peter and Jude to churches, encouraging them to persevere in the midst of trials and look ahead to the return of Christ. Over the course of 12 weeks, this study will help readers understand the practical wisdom found in 1—3 John regarding what it looks like to follow Jesus and walk according to his commandments. Written for those who want to understand the book of Revelation, this week study helps Christians see that Jesus has already defeated his enemies and freed Christians from their bondage to Satan, sin, and death.
Sign In. Kim Pastor Mitchell Kim leads readers through the first book of the Bible, uncovering the meaning of the text while exploring important applications for everyday life.
Exodus Matthew R. Deuteronomy Matthew H. Patton This study through Deuteronomy recounts as Moses calls Israel to faithful obedience while remembering the past faithfulness of God—pointing to the grace of God in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Judges Miles V. Ruth and Esther Kathleen Nielson Exploring two of the most memorable stories in the Bible, this week study highlights the love and faithfulness of God displayed in the books of Ruth and Esther.
Job Eric Ortlund This week study invites us to take an honest look at the agony and pain experienced by Job, which are immediately relevant in many ways to the suffering we all experience while on earth. Psalms Douglas Sean O'Donnell Designed for individuals and small groups alike, this week study through the Psalms explores their ability to transform our emotions and incline our hearts toward worship.
Proverbs Lydia Brownback In this week study, author Lydia Brownback leads readers through the book of Proverbs, uncovering its wisdom for godly living that both glorifies God and leads to blessing for his people. Ecclesiastes Justin S. Isaiah Drew Hunter Pastor Drew Hunter helps readers grasp the message of Isaiah, a prophetic book about the God who saves his people from their sins. Jeremiah Matthew S.
Joel, Amos, and Obadiah Kristofer Holroyd In 12 weeks, this study will help readers see how the justice and mercy of God seen in 3 prophetic books lead to assurance of a glorious restoration. Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi Stephen M. Coleman Through this week study, readers will see the centrality of the temple as a picture of God restoring his presence with his people—and as a foretaste of the promised Messiah who would come to bring God's presence to his people forever.
Mark Dane C. Ortlund This study of the Gospel of Mark helps readers understand what vibrant faith and authentic discipleship looks like for those who follow a rejected king. Luke C. Acts Justin S. Romans Jared C.
Thomas This week study leads readers through the book of 1 Corinthians, highlighting how the gospel of Jesus Christ replaces pride with love and unites Christians to God and to each other. Ortlund In this week study, Dane C. Galatians Geoff Ziegler This week study leads readers through the book of Galatians, highlighting how the gospel gives Christians a new identity as adopted sons and daughters of God. Ephesians Eric C. Colossians and Philemon Christopher A. Hebrews Matthew Z. James Greg Gilbert Through clear exposition and application questions, Gilbert helps us rightly understand the book of James, which was written to fortify the connection between genuine faith and heartfelt obedience.
Dodson This study looks at the letters written by Peter and Jude to churches, encouraging them to persevere in the midst of trials and look ahead to the return of Christ. Revelation Stephen Witmer Written for those who want to understand the book of Revelation, this week study helps Christians see that Jesus has already defeated his enemies and freed Christians from their bondage to Satan, sin, and death.
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You need milk, not solid food. Some among the Hebrew Christians had been believers long enough that they should have been teachers, but they were not mature enough yet to teach. They may have done so because they liked the prestige and respect accorded teachers. The cumulative effect of these Scripture passages is to show again the centrality of Bible teaching in the early church.
There are commentaries, and there are books on …. To instruct pastors and church leaders in the biblical basis, principles, and practice of missions. Admittedly, some adult teachers do not teach well, but the problem is not with the traditional format of adult Sunday School classes. Perform powerful searches with the topic guide to instantly gather relevant biblical texts and resources together. Designed to accompany Teaching Romans volume 1 and volume 2, this book will help you to understand…. The Psalms are treasured poetry that reflect the prayer and praise of ancient Israel.
Christ modeled this teaching emphasis and commanded us to do the same. The epistles reflect the same importance in their frequent references to teaching. At its core, then, the church is an educational institution.
The next article builds on this premise to propose some ways churches today can implement this same emphasis in adult Sunday School classes. The first article demonstrated that teachers and teaching are two essential components of a New Testament church at any age level. This second article focuses specifically on the Bible teaching ministries for adults. All of these ministries can serve a useful role in Bible teaching, but how do they compare when evaluated against the New Testament emphasis on teachers and teaching?
I believe adult Sunday School teachers most closely represent the concept of teachers as described in the New Testament. In an adult Sunday School class a man or woman spends several days ideally an entire week studying a Bible passage, shapes the passage into a lesson format often with the help of published curriculum , and presents an organized, coherent lesson to the class on Sunday.
Some may say that many adult Bible teachers are doing a poor job, and therefore we need to utilize other adult teaching ministries. Admittedly, some adult teachers do not teach well, but the problem is not with the traditional format of adult Sunday School classes. The problem is our training and preparation of adult Bible teachers. Pastors and church leaders should take a greater role in developing adult Bible teachers.
On the other hand, adult Sunday School excels at Bible teaching because of its structure and because of its potential to provide systematic coverage of the entire Bible. Structure: The very structure of adult Sunday School, with a teacher presenting a Bible lesson each Sunday, lends to a strong Bible teaching focus. Fellowship and caring are certainly part of a good adult Sunday School class, but the focus is on Bible teaching which reflects the New Testament emphasis.
Systematic Coverage: Adult Sunday School excels at Bible teaching also because it has the potential to cover the whole Bible systematically. But the potential for covering the entire Bible exists in adult Sunday School whereas it does not exist in specialized Bible studies and small groups.
Pastor Andy Stanley in Atlanta recently preached that the New Testament apostles “elected to unhitch the Christian faith from the Jewish Scriptures. Jesus taught that the Old Testament bears witness about him (John ). Wright, Edmund Clowney, Graeme Goldsworthy, Sidney Greidanus. Old Testament books for pastor and teacher. [Brevard S Childs] -- The purpose of this book is to aid the pastor, teacher, and serious Bible student in the study of.
Lest some might wonder, I believe that covering the entire Bible in a systematic way is essential for a New Testament church. Consider two relevant Scripture passages. That means we do not hesitate to teach all parts of the Bible and all the doctrines of the Bible. I believe a systematic coverage of the whole Bible is essential for a New Testament church. Children and youth teachers are equally important, but those teachers do not lead their students through the entire Bible.
That role falls to the adult Sunday School teachers. I present here four suggestions for pastoral involvement in adult classes. Take an active role in identifying and training adult Sunday School teachers.
They need to be developed and trained. The pastor can then meet with these people for mentoring and development. This mentoring and developing process can take several forms, but usually it involves meeting with the men and women to train them how to be an effective teacher. This training can include the role of a teacher, caring for people, lesson preparation, and adult teaching methods. Many churches, even larger churches, have difficulty finding adults teachers. If a pastor is developing and training adult teachers this way, someone will usually be ready to step into a class when a vacancy occurs.
Promote adult Sunday School. If indeed adult Sunday School classes play such an important role in a church education program, then a pastor will want to promote it publicly. He can do so through such venues as announcements and adult teacher recognition times.
One of the primary goals of promoting adult Sunday School is to encourage more people to attend. Every church seems to have a growing number of adults who come only for the morning worship service and never attend a Bible class. These people need to be encouraged to attend Sunday School so they can be strengthened in their faith and handle life from a Biblical perspective. Control the curriculum in adult Sunday School classes.
If an adult Sunday School class is to achieve its goal of providing systematic coverage of the entire Bible, then a pastor will want to determine the curriculum of the class to make sure it covers the entire Bible. I do not think it best to allow adult teachers to determine what they teach for that can lead to coverage of certain books and topics and omission of others.
One of the best ways for a pastor to control what is taught in adult classes is to have the adult teachers use published materials that take people through the Bible over a number of years.