|With help, my 7th Graders read the US Constitution.
My 8th Graders -Supreme Court cases and judgments.
With just a question or two, my 9th Graders -Congressional Committees Reports
My 10th – 12th graders – United Nations Human Rights reports – which they explain to me
|Students are rarely, if ever, taught how to read and study the Bible as it was written.|
Like newborn babies crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted the Lord is good.
If they have no craving – maybe it is because they have not yet tasted the Lord’s goodness. Start here – lead them to read passages on who God is. Talk about your own personal relationship with God. Lead them to water, so they thirst for Him.
2. Make it a priority to get students reading the Bible for themselves
Once upon a time, there was a 6th Grade Sunday School teacher. He paid his students to read the Bible and journal what the Holy Spirit told them. Sometimes parents questioned his “bribery” methodology. To which he replied, “In America, money motivates people.” He taught kids to read their Bibles for 25 years, and then he died. At his funeral, there was a line of former students waiting to speak. 35 year olds as well as 15 year olds stood and said the same thing, “I still read my Bible today, because of Mr. Williams.” My two older kids were blessed to have him as a teacher, and credit him for starting their passion for God’s Word. Like my own kids, many of his former students are heavily involved in ministry – because learning to read God’s Word, and reading it changes people.
3. Teach by example
A.Study a Book of the Bible with students – not just topical lessons
B. Begin lesson by praying that the Holy Spirit will teach you through his word.
C. Read passage of scripture together
D. Ask the students: What does it say? – It is very important to teach them to look at what it says before jumping into interpretation.
E. Ask: What does it mean?
F. Ask: What does it have to do with me? What sticks out to you? What is the Holy Spirit telling you through this passage of scripture?
The awesome thing about this is that the Holy Spirit can give the students different applications or teaching or comfort depending on where each student is spiritually and what he is dealing with in life. God has the perfect lesson for each student.
I’ve been informed that Wikipedia has pretty accurate information, however anyone can log in and change the content, and the content is not always fact checked by experts. It is good to read for a basic understanding of an issue – but if you want to know the “truth” you need to read and study original sources. Likewise, most youth lessons and material have great lessons on life – they are written by Spirit filled individuals – and one can learn the general facts of Christianity. However, if one wants to know the “truth” and if one wants an ongoing relationship and conversation with the Creator – one must go the the original source – God’s Word.
The love of the Lord is caught and not taught. This takes time. This takes planned effort. I realize God has not called everyone to homeschool, but He has called every parent to talk to their children when they get up, and when they go to bed, and when they walk through life, and when they’re at home and when they’re out and about (Deut 6). Homeschooling is the easy way – parents with kids are in school and sports,or band – need to be even more creative and persistent to make this happen. But it is possible.
Yes – I love them!
Some of my greatest blessing in life have come from working with teenagers and being a part of their growing process. As my students move out of my hands and into the world, I see bright young people who love the Lord and are excited to conquer the world. Many ARE conquering the world.
Three of my greatest blessings!
I tell you with great pride that I have influential students. I have students who are in full time ministry- locally and abroad. I have many students who are involved in politics at some level. I have students who have written books, students who have produced movies, students who are national conference speakers, students on the radio and on TV, students who are working to end human trafficking, and students who are influencing the next generation by being stay at home moms and teachers like myself. In all these areas of influence these students are standing strong for the Lord and are society’s hope that we will continue to be a Christian nation.
2 out of 10 Church Youth Group Students continue serving God after high school
9 out of 10 Debate Students continue serving the Lord!