class topics for study
By Jim Killebrew
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[July 16, 2014]
class members frequently discuss topics for study with their
teachers. Since the time for study is so short at various Bible
studies in Church or Sunday school classes, most members want to
study something relevant and useful to enhance their Christian
living. A general consensus is for topics like the need for
evangelism, growth, fellowship and caring. Perhaps as class members
ponder their possibilities, the following topics might be helpful.
Many Christians believe that ours is a very hostile society which has become
uncultured with the so-called “normal” Christian values being relegated as
atypical. What has traditionally been “good” is now sometimes considered
“bad.” That which in the past was considered “bad” is now okay, and even
In some parts of our country, especially in some inner-cities, living with
high murder rates is a planned-for way of life. Drug abuse is rampant with
sellers boldly dispensing their product on the open market. But since most
people are already in constant contact with the reality of the daily news,
they need not list every social ill when it comes to their Bible study.
More importantly, perhaps, is the effect this society has on the life of a
Christian person. It is not unusual for a Christian to be surrounded by
fellow workers who lie, cheat, steal, practice profane verbal behavior, and
in general, increase the stress level for the Christian. Christians must be
in the world, but try desperately not to be a part of it; especially the
part that is profane toward God.
This is not always easy for those who cannot insulate themselves from the
harsh realities of our present culture. So what the Christian receives
during that brief period on Sunday or any time during a Bible study must
focus on being an uplifting experience, offering hope and comfort, and in
some way offering strategies to cope with the pressures of a
reality-centered life-style. It should be focused on some facet of the
Gospel. Therefore, during that time, for the Christian, Jesus must be the
focus of learning.
So, to the Bible Class Teacher, the Jesus-centered Christian member pleads…
• Please do not give us philosophy. Philosophy has only given us ideas of
relativity which has only resulted in the destruction of the absolute, which
in turn has contributed to society’s despair. Just keep telling us about and
showing us Jesus and His absolute power to offer hope and salvation.
• Please do not give us sociological strategies to help alleviate our daily
stress. Sociology has only pointed out examples of the worst behavior;
provided only a reflection of what is. Just keep telling and showing us
about Jesus and His Sermon on the Mount. Tell us about Jesus, His teaching
about the kingdom, and our part in it.
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• Please do not give us humanistic,
educational self-help methods as a means to make ourselves better.
Humanism has only aided in building the ego of mankind to the point
of haughty rejection of God’s intervention into man’s affairs.
Humanism is simply another euphemistic word for secular atheism.
Instead, please educate us as to the methods Jesus used as He taught
the multitudes. Help us understand the humble attitude that Jesus
had as He gave up the glory of Heaven to present Himself at the
cross as our substitute. Help us to focus on the fact that, as Jesus
depended on His Father for strength, so too should we be dependent
• Please do not give us a review of the secular or liberal
theological literature. Much of that literature is simply a
reflection of the rebellious spirit of mankind and a lack of
understanding of truth. Please give us the Word of Jesus, from His
perspective of personal authority, not as the scribes speak.
• Please do not give us a study of world religions. World religions
can be counterfeit, and has nothing to offer which adds to our
salvation. Please give us an understanding of a personal
relationship with Jesus. Help us to understand that He is our friend
and His words and shed blood are the power to our salvation. Keep
reminding us that He is the way, the truth, and the life.
• Please do not give us a study of science and its technological
power. Science has bought into the relativity of philosophy and is
constantly changing, offering no stability or hope. Please give us
an understanding of the power of the gospel of Jesus. Help us to
understand the power of the cross, the death, the resurrection, and
the blood of Jesus. Show us how to put our faith into what He has
done for us, and how His power will sustain us.
Simply put, saturate us with Jesus. Constantly tell us the story of
His love, and what He has done for us. If teaching the reality of
Jesus is our constant focus, then evangelism, growth, fellowship and
caring will be a natural by-product of our class.
[By JIM KILLEBREW]
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