We kicked off a new series in Student Quest this week! One of the goals we have with our Sunday mornings is to balance out the teaching schedule and be strategic with how we use the 51 weeks a year we have (no SQ on Easter). What the means practically is that we spend about 17 weeks a year on age specific topical studies, 11 weeks on core issues that we want to hammer home every year, and 24 weeks of systematic Biblical study. The systematic studies have two core goals; the first is to build Biblical literacy, and the second is to model to students how to study their way through a book of the Bible.
Using The Complete New Testament Resource, Volume 1 from Youth Specialties as a launching pad for the series, we began a series on the book of Romans. Matt O led the middle school while I led the high school group; if you want to follow along, you can listen to it on our student ministry podcast. In this first week, we introduced the historical and cultural context behind the book of Romans as well as dug into chapter one. For parents, I’d recommend reading through chapter one together and then using the following questions as a follow up discussion tool:
- What is God’s response to the people who ignore and disobey him (v. 18)? How do you respond to that?
- How does God reveal himself to people (v. 19-20)? How do you feel about that?
- What in your life last week would convince someone watching you that you love God and are paying attention to what he wants you to do?
- What are some attitudes and actions you need in order to realign your life now that you understand how important it is to do what pleases God?