I don’t want my students to be either a bunch of theoogical egg-heads or a group of jerks walking around and debating theology. I so desire them to be like Christ. I want them to be full of grace and truth just like Jesus is (John 1:14). I want my students to be able to love a Mormon, to give to an Atheist, to help a Muslim, etc. At the same time, I want my students to defend the truths of Scripture, the proclaim the gospel, and to be willing to die for Christ. I pray for them to be full of grace and truth like Jesus.
The way we set up our student ministry Sunday school: for two months I’ll take the senior high students and teach them a doctrine. Over October and November 2009, I taught them “MACRO Theology” which is an overview of all the major Christian doctrines. Now in December and January (while I teach the middle school students on MACRO Theology), the high school students are going back into their small group classrooms to read and discuss a book that is chosen to be an application of what they learned in the doctrinal study: MACRO Theology. The book we chose was “The Grace and Truth Paradox: Responding with Christian Balance” by Randy Alcorn.
The reason we do what we do is because I want them to know doctrine, but I don’t want to leave their doctrine in their heads. I want it to flow from their head, to their heart, and then out of their hands, tongues, feet, etc. We do these book studies very simply. Its merely a discussion led by an adult facilitator about what God taught them in the book. Here is my suggestive guidance to our Sunday school leaders: The Grace and Truth Paradox: Chapters 3 and 4.