Public Reading of Scripture

Lately there’s been a resurgence of interest in the public reading of scripture, and for good reason. For thousands of years, the public reading of scripture was the norm. Then along came the printing press.

We offer some basic and essential background on how to engage with this powerful practice, along with a sample guide on how to read aloud the gospel according to Mark. The outline can be replicated and adapted to other read-aloud experiences.

Creative Bible Reading

One of the most important things we must do for our students is nurture a love for God's Word. Engaging in public reading of scripture is one way to do this.

Another way is the traditional and timeless process of read, discuss, learn, and process. Sort of like school. Except better than school because instead of learning just one way to do something, we can learn and teach a variety of ways to read and engage with God's word. The practices can be used for a lifetime.

Faith Talk & Deep Conversations

Two kinds of 'talk' have a profound impact on discipleship. First are the deep conversations between leaders and learners. There is an art to listening and responding, pastoring and pivoting. We must practice and improve these skills.

Second are the honest and articulate expressions of our own experiences of faith - speaking aloud about how God has and is working in our lives, teaching us, guiding us, comforting us, and forming us. We must practice and pass on this skill.

Rooted Devo

This 4-week devo centers on basic Biblical passages about faithful discipleship and spiritual growth. Users will spend time reflecting on God and their own life of faith. In the process, they will also be introduced to various scripture engagement practices that will last far beyond the book itself, providing them with lifelong tools for diving deep into God’s Word.

Streetlights Bible

The Streetlights Bible app seeks to "intentionally engage global urban culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by producing, translating, teaching and proclaiming God’s Word so all can understand." It features the New Living Translation read by a team of amazing communicators, with dynamic and powerful hip-hop background tracks.

Head, Heart, Hands

[FULL PAGE] Jesus said the greatest commandment is to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength." In other words, love God wholly. As we do that, he will work in us to make us his holy​ people. Our discipleship model, Head-Heart-Hands, looks at the whole person and the whole process of 'becoming more like Jesus.'​ ​

Identity Assessment

Followers of Jesus have a new identity - they are "in Christ." But what exactly does that mean? And how can our friends learn and embrace the truth of who God says they are? This self-assessment includes Biblical statements about God's children and Jesus' followers. Can be used several times during a year to track understanding and identity formation.

Convo Starters

The best discussion-convo starters (whether for one-on-ones or small groups) are questions/prompts that allow students to self-narrate while learning how to self-reflect through a lens that ultimately moves beyond self to others and to the Lord. Move beyond "highs and lows" to things like: What's one way you brought hope to someone this week?

Head, Heart, Hands

[POCKET SIZED] Quarter-sheet "Head-Heart-Hands" discipleship models are perfect sized for tucking into a journal or Bible. Features the full model (including habits that move us closer to Jesus and attitudes + actions that reflect devotion to Christ and love for others) and includes the "shema" and "greatest commandment" on the reverse side.

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