Over the course of this year our Junior Youth are working through the entire Bible! While we won’t read every single word of the Bible by the end of our study, by the end of the year we’ll have had the opportunity to see the grand story of the Bible: God’s redemption of his creation.
Throughout our 25 Bible study nights this year, we’ll be able to look at how God has worked in the world from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22. We’ll get to see some of the important ‘milestone’ moments and how God and humanity have interacted in the past. We’ll have a better understanding of who we are as God’s creation, the history of Israel, how the Old Testament points toward Jesus, Jesus’ life and ministry, and the Early Church.
Personally, I’m very excited about all the possibilities and things we can learn from a study like this. One thing that is a real priority in this study is given away in its name: 2 Parts, 1 Story.
A fairly common question that people ask of the Bible is why does God seem to change? Often, people seem to perceive a dramatic shift in the way that God interacts with humanity between the Old and New Testaments. This idea leads to the thought that God changes from being a ‘God of wrath’ in the Old Testament to the ‘Love and Grace’ God of the New Testament. This misconception is particularly prevalent, I believe, in the younger segment of our population.
The hope of this study, in part, is to help our Junior Youth students understand that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. That the God who led the Israelites through the desert is the very same God who led the Early Church. The hope is to help our students understand that, in fact, the Old Testament is just as full of grace and love as the New Testament is, and similarly, the New Testament shows God’s Justice just as much as the Old Testament.
As we continue in our study of God’s grand story, I’m so excited for the ways our students are going to learn and grow through it.