STUDENTS SEE THROUGH A BROKEN LENS
Scripture is clear that sin has fractured the way we see the world. We don’t see things as we were created to. That’s a problem. And Jesus explains why in Matthew 6:22-23.
In other words, the root issue of what we do isn’t what we do. It’s how we see. And our students see themselves and the world around them through a fractured lens. So as youth workers, we work hard (by God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit) to help fix what sin has broken. To that end, many great student ministries develop teaching strategies comprised of helpful, biblically accurate series on PRINCIPLES and PRACTICES found in the Bible.
But The Problem Is…
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES LEAD TO A BROKEN UNDERSTANDING
When we teach only biblical principles and practices, our students wind up with a fractured understanding of their faith.
The teaching strategy of many churches leads students to learn true, but disconnected ideas on love, respect, spiritual disciplines, friendships, influence, identity, etc. Consequently, churches are producing students who…
…know what the Bible says but not how it all fits together
…are unable to navigate the many life situations that a memory verse wouldn’t specifically address
…have no idea how to be the light of the world in an increasingly complex culture
Students see through a broken lens. And teaching them from the Bible is indeed a huge part of the fix. But principles and practices are just parts of Christianity.
The best way to fix a fractured worldview is NOT
to teach fractured parts of a better worldview.
At G Shades, We Believe…
THE WHOLE IS GREATER THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS
When we anchor every principle and practice down to the gospel narrative, the fractured sum of parts become a holistic belief system.
It’s with the gospel in mind that Jesus gave His ONE New Covenant Commandment. God’s treatment of us in the gospel is literally the foundation for every command and exhortation in the New Testament. So a teaching strategy based on biblical practices? Fine. A teaching strategy based on biblical principles? Better. But we think a teaching strategy that helps students see through gospel-tinted sunglasses is the absolute best way to equip them to live out the New Commandment.