We have a problem! We understand there is power in the Bible, but our students aren’t spending time in it.
The good news is that adults… well 48% of us… are regular Bible users. What is a "regular Bible user" you ask? Great question! It is defined as, "They engage with the Bible on their own by using, listening to, watching, praying or using Bible text or content in any format (not including use at a church service) at least three to four times A YEAR!"
what are they like?
- think about it for a moment and make a mental note of their characteristics.
Six in 10 Americans Believe the Bible Has Transformed Their Life
WE, “YOU”, as leaders must fix this. The WORD of GOD lasts forever.
YBH - Yes, but How?
This great line. "Yes, but how" haunts my mind all too often. Many times I hear a great idea but then there is no practical application for me to begin the journey. Today, I'd like to submit to you 7 ways to help combat this problem we are facing.
1. Start with Why!
2. Big Results Start Small
Apple - in 1977 Apple first started. But it wasn't until 1997 we started to really hear about Apple. It wasn't until 2018 that Apple became a trillion-dollar company. They started really small then worked their way larger. How many of you are reading this on your iPhone?
My waist size - sadly this is true. I have been gaining weight like crazy since moving to Alabama a little over three years ago. I went to the doctor a few weeks ago and he said, "wow Jake you are growing nicely." Great doctor huh?! But really? Did I just wake up with all this "extra" on me? No way. It happened one BigMac at a time.
CrossFit - This is really going to shock you! I coach CrossFit once a week at CrossFit Alabaster. What if I took a brand new athlete who came into the gym and had her lift 150 pounds 50 times? One, he might not be able to do it. Two, do you think he might get hurt? Sure thing! I would start him on a much smaller weight for a period of time to get good form. Then increase the weight over time.
Tsunamis - They start small... right?
What other ideas can you think of?
Big lasting changes start really small. Don't fret if you can't do it all at once. Just start today.
Wake Up: Rediscovering A Passion for God and the Bible [Student Edition] is a 31-day devotional experience designed to unlock the Bible for teenage Christ-followers.
3 - Have a PlanAndy Blanks in his book, The 7 Best Practices For Teaching Teenagers The Bible, he shares about how the Hoover Dam was planned. The plan was over 100 pages long and took 1,000's of workers over three years to build. Imagine if they just started to build the Hoover Dam without a plan. That would be crazy.
Know where you want to go - using resources like WAKE UP are great places to start.
Get as detailed as possible - don't just wing this. Make a plan and try to make it detailed. Something like, "we are going to read XYZ passage twice this week."
Share that vision - over and over again. Share your vision for your students to be in the Word of God. Share it verbally, visually in your youth room, in emails with parents, on Social Media. Remember the old chant at during the reveal of Extreme Home Makeover? MOVE THAT BUS! Well... SHARE THAT VISION
4 - Embrace the Power of GroupsHave you ever been in a group with like-minded individuals? Maybe a sports team? Or a small group Bible study? Sure you have. There is something magnificent about being in a group. It is motivating knowing you aren't the only one going through or attempting something.
Sunday School / Bible Studies
Discipleship Groups (DGroups)