Bible 101 - 12 Week Study on Scripture
On episode 1026 of “Ask Pastor John,” John Piper was asked the following question – “What’s the last thing you would tweet?” He replied, “I thought about saying, ‘Read your Bibles and pray for insight,’ because there is so much that needs to be known about God that cannot be put into one sentence.” Instead of saying that, he summed the gospel up in 140 characters.
However, a longtime pastor and theologian thought about boiling his last words down to: Read your Bible and pray. He said that there’s so much that can be said which is difficult to fit into 140 characters. Therefore, he’s encouraging God’s people to open up the Word and ask the Spirit to work through their reading.
This is exactly what this study seeks to do. More specifically, it seeks to teach students (and parents and youth leaders) what the Word of God is and how they should read it. There are so many things about life we must be teaching the next generation, but if we boil it down to one thing, Bible reading is essential. Can you think of anything more important? If we raise a future generation of Christians who know how to learn, live, and love God’s Word, we will be raising a generation prepared for whatever this world throws their way.
Bible 101 is broken into twelve weekly lessons. It is an introductory study on the doctrine of Scripture . . . hence, 101. While the study is aimed at middle school students, it can easily be adapted for high school students. It would also be a good refresher for any student or adult. You know your church context best and where your students are – theologically speaking – so you may think this is well-suited for your high school students.
Each lesson should fill a thirty-minute time slot, but again, this could be adapted. If you need it to extend the lesson, feel free to add some original illustrations or examples from Scripture. If you have less time, modify the lesson to fit your time slot.
While this study is designed for a classroom setting, it can easily be used for small group or one-on-one study. You can even share copies of the material with students, read through it individually, and then come together to discuss it.
The point is the major leg-work is done for you; now you can amend it to fit your local church needs. Whether that’s shortening or lengthening the time, teaching it to older students, or using it with one-on-one discipleship, use it to fit your needs.
Lastly, Bible 101 is completely free. When we say “completely free,” that means not only monetarily free, but with no strings attached. That means you don’t have to sign up for our newsletter, you don’t have to share this on a social media platform, etc. Reformed Youth Ministries seeks to spread the good news of the gospel by reaching students for Christ and equipping them to serve. Part of that goal is fulfilled through the production of resources.
It is our prayer that you use this Bible study material to spread the beauty of the gospel to the next generation and that you, too, are more enamored with the treasure of God’s Word in the process.
[DOWNLOAD FREE BIBLE STUDY HERE]
Piper, John. Ask Pastor John. Desiring God (April 10, 2017). http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/what-s-the-last-thing-you-would-tweet
 One advantage to offering free Bible study material is the ability to update and make revisions. Throughout the years, RYM may improve upon and revise particular sections of our material. When we do so, we will make that known but the consumer won’t have to purchase new material. We hope this is a way to serve the church in a more faithful manner.
As Christians, we are to pass the faith on to the next generation. Whether we are parents or grandparents, church staff or volunteers, we have been tasked to make disciples (Matthew 28:19). One of the primary ways we can be discipling the next generation is by encouraging them to be readers.
We serve a God who created all things by using words (Genesis 1-2) and a Savior who calls himself the Living Word (John 1:1-14). Christians are also called to be a people of the Word and to meditate upon God’s Word day and night (Psalm 1).
Not only should we – and our children – feed upon God’s Word, but we should also be feeding upon other words. That is, we should be reading. We should be reading theological books, classics, fiction, etc. Teaching our children to be readers in many different genres and categories will foster a deeper appreciation for the various genres and categories found in Scripture.
However, simply saying that we should disciple our students to be readers can seem like a daunting task. Where do we begin? What books should we focus on? At what ages should this begin? These questions led to the creation of the following plan.
What follows is a suggested discipleship plan for middle school through high school. Any compilation of books, including this one, has its limitations. For starters, there are many great books that aren’t listed. To be honest, there were books we love and wanted to include on this list, but we simply couldn’t fit them in.
Other aspects to consider are the reading rate and reading motivation that vary from student to student. Some students will scoff at the lack of challenge in the following list and desire to read more, which is great! Other students, however, will scoff because they hate reading and will find the list to be too strenuous.
If we truly believe we are to make disciples and we truly believe that part of the discipleship process involves reading, then we must be making readers of the next generation. For the Christian, this isn’t optional. If you think about it, our students are expected to stretch themselves mentally at school, so let’s stretch some of them through this plan.
The plan that follows not only suggests theological books we think are helpful, but also tells you the approximate number of pages you need to read per day to finish in the allotted time. The reading plan is based on reading five days a week. Students can use the weekend to take a break or to catch up. Note: When booklets are suggested, a page number is not listed because of their brevity.
It is also suggested that parents read alongside their children in the middle school years. Not only are they younger and still growing in reading, there is also some mature content suggested that you will want to read with them. As they get older, give them the independence to read on their own, but plan on having discussion throughout the week and month, based on what they are reading. Hopefully, this will also prove to be helpful in your conversation with your child – it will give you something to talk about.
Something to keep in mind . . .
As mentioned, there are readers on different spectrums, but there are also students on different maturity levels. Some of the books listed deal with challenging topics. For those books, we’ve also suggested alternative titles. However, because of the prevalence of some of these issues in our culture, we think it’s important to equip your children by talking about these topics. If you choose to omit these books, our suggested titles may be helpful. We also give other suggestions of titles that may share similarities in a specific area.
One important note: Understand that this reading is done in addition to Scripture reading. There’s no substitute for God’s Word; therefore, be sure your student is feeding upon the eternal Word of God, above all other books. A helpful tool in light of this is the NIV Lifehacks Bible. It was put together by Joe Carter with a foreword by Kevin DeYoung. It contains 365 articles that accompany Scripture texts. Students can pick a specific biblical text, read it and read the accompanying article. This will greatly assist their interpretation and application of the text. We recommend this is valuable resource.
I know this plan may overwhelm some. If that’s the case, then adjust it in a way that best disciples your child. You know your child best. Whatever adjustments you make, just make sure you do something in the area of discipleship.
Children are an amazing gift from God, but they are not ours – they belong to God. We are merely stewards. We are to steward the young souls under our care. We hope this plan assists you unto that great end.
[CLICK TO DOWNLOAD FREE GUIDE]
[TO ORDER PRINTED COPIES, SEE ORDER FORM BELOW]
We say “approximate” because some editions of the books may vary. Just know that this page number is pretty close and gives you a good range of what should be read.
If you would like to order one or more hard, physical copies of the Student Discipleship Guide to use with your group, please fill out this order form.
Right with God - Click Here for the Student Copy of the Bible Study Series.
© Reformed Youth Ministries