Youth Group Truth is the blog of Chip Dean. Chip is a Student Pastor who wants to SEND out GOSPEL-centered, RELATIONAL DISCIPLES who live on MISSION with Jesus.
The first way to accomplish this is by PREACHING through the entire Bible in a Christ-centered, Gospel-grounded, and life-changing way. Instead of just doing different “Power Chapters,” I really believed God was calling me to teach my students the ENTIRE Bible and point it ALL to Christ in the 6 years they were a part of our student ministry. So I learned there are 1,189 chapters in all the Bible (from what they say). We preach on average 10 chapters at a time as we move our student through the Scriptures to preach Christ in all things. So we started with Genesis and we’re making our way to Revelation. Each sermon averages about 10 chapeters. Some sermons may be 1 chapter and some sermons may be 30 chapters. It just depends how the chapters and books flow together. But each sermon does stand alone as its own call to follow Christ. Also each sermon stands in a mini-series as it fits into the context of its book. Lastly, each sermon falls into the big picture of the Bible as it is one small episode in the storyline of God exalting His Son as the Lord of the Cosmos.
Also, TEACHING through all of Systematic Theology (the 13 major Christian doctrines) is extremely important for students to understand because it teaches the students how to think about every major doctrine and topic of Scripture (from understanding Jesus – the End Times). I like to teach Systematic Theology 3 – 4 months out of the year, and Biblical Theology 8 – 9 months out of the year. Just like Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology also must be understood and connected in Jesus Christ alone. That’s how God intended it!
Below is our 7 year plan that will help you see how we preach through the entire Bible and all 13 major Christian doctrines to 6th – 12th graders.
Then is an mp3 that is an explanation of “Why we do what we do every Wednesday night.” (this is from my time at Capshaw Baptist Church.
This was the first sermon in our doctrine of Scripture series: “BEST BOOK EVER.” This will give you a much better understanding of how we mix and match our Storyline and Framework series while keeping Jesus as the focus of all that we do! This sermon is entitled “Best Book Ever: What’s it really all about?”