Teaching the Gospels – A Series
I’m teaching the Gospels to some really awesome teenage and young-adult Christians and their friends on Wednesday nights. Unless you’ve done this yourself, you have no idea how much FUN this is! My fellow students have a broad range of Christian experience — from elder’s kids to new converts. Holly Hill has a tremendous youth group that really attracts outsiders, and I’m honored that they are willing to come to class on Wednesday nights and let me share my love of Jesus and the Gospel stories with them.
I’m using Mark Moore’s A Chronological Life of Christ as my biggest help to the Scriptures themselves. Dr. Moore has written a 2-volume series that follows the Thomas and Gundry NIV Harmony of the Gospels. Both volumes, From Glory to Galilee and From Galilee to Glory, utilize interesting examples that give a clear theological and exegetical understanding as to how the text fits into today’s world.
My biggest struggle? Holly Hill is planning to launch its self-written curriculum in July — so I only have 25 more quarters to teach the Life of Christ. There is SO much! I feel like a Gospel writer myself — I only have so much time to share Jesus — what do I choose? What do I leave out? I’ll be sharing my struggles and joys in this series of blogs.
Last week, my lesson was called Introductions — we looked at how each Gospel writer INTRODUCES his message. From Mark’s one sentence, to Matthew’s genealogy, to Luke’s complex Greek sentence, to John’s theological masterwork — we talked about how each intro gives us a peek into the mind of the writer and sets the stage for all the words that follow. My favorite part? Seeing them begin to understand that these were REAL people, not flesh-and-blood Dictaphones.
Next Week? The Nativities – I challenged them to read the two Jesus nativities and try and find an episode in common.
Share with me what successful strategies you’ve used to get young people to read Scripture — I can’t teach this class without their out-of-class participation. Keep us in your prayers! I’m incredibly excited!
in HIS love,