Equipping Teens for College, Part 4: Gospel Outline

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In Part 2 I mentioned the importance of freshman possessing a big picture overview of the Bible that they can articulate. Closely related is being equipped with a particular gospel outline.  Whereas the overview is a summary of the Christian worldview as a whole, an outline of the gospel functions as an evangelistic tool to be memorized and shared easily …

Equipping Teens for College, Part 3: Inductive Bible Study Skills

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To study the Bible inductively is an adventure in humility. It’s a choice to place oneself under the authority of a God-inspired author of more than two millennia ago. For this reason and others, my ideal incoming freshman would have been trained by her home church in OIA: Observation: Scrutinizing the text for its basic facts and grammatical construction. Interpretation: …

Equipping Teens for College, Part 2: Bible at a Glance

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The Bible at a Glance Probably you cannot read the above chart in this compact blog space. But it’s an important element in the toolkit of my ideal incoming freshman. To illustrate, consider the following story, which is based on a thousand real life examples: Kendra grew up in the church. She arrives at college lacking any kind of big …

Equipping Teens for College: What I wish they brought with them from home

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Recently Sharon and I bought a car.* It got me thinking about the oft-used phrase standard equipment. Here’s the “standard equipment” I wish Christians students possessed when they enter college from their hometowns and churches: 1. A big-picture overview of the Bible, Genesis to Revelation. Important because it keeps students grounded in the story of redemption. In contrast, students tend to arrive …