This past week in Sunday school we started to practice some inductive Bible study in James! It feels like we often talk about the importance of Bible reading, but I wanted to give a space for us to practice some more intentional Bible study. Hopefully this is a tool that your students can use to dive into their favorite parts of scripture, as well as the verses or passages that they might be struggling with.
If you are interested in seeing the process we are walking through, you can find that here!
In youth group we began working our way through the question "how can I serve a God who lets Christians do such terrible things?" This is maybe one of the most important questions in the book, as our students all expressed that this is a question they had encountered in their lives. Headlines like "Pastor accused of cheating and embezzlement" often serve to cause our agnostic/atheistic friends to have even greater doubts about the character of God. We spent some time talking about how we have seen practical examples of this and how we might respond in a similar situation. The reality of the Christian life is that we have been called to a higher standard, and when we fail to meet it people tend to pay attention. Our human failures do not call God's goodness or sovereignty into question though, and that is an important distinction. We are imperfect servants of a perfect creator. Next week we are going to talk through a couple of ways that we can come alongside those who have been hurt by Christians or the church to hopefully correct some of those flawed perceptions that exist in our world.
Thanks as always for checking in, and have a wonderful week!
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