Each Wednesday night, a group of 35 or so young adults from evening church meets together to study the Bible and encourage each other to be disciple-making disciples. This is what we call Bible Study Central.
What is Bible Study Central?
For the first half hour we have been getting to know the leaders (myself and Sara, Cameron Hyslop, Louise Unwin, Nathanael Hooper and Maree Selvaraj). We are now using this time to look at Graeme Goldsworthy’s “Coathanger” – an entire Bible overview framework that takes us from creation to new creation, tracing the theme of God’s kingdom.
For the remaining time we break into three groups where we pray, read God’s word, unpack a passage or two (currently from Mark’s gospel), and apply what we read.
We finish with supper for everyone at our house (the rectory).
What is the outcome we’re praying for?
Our prayer is that Biblical input turns into disciple-making output. God never gives us permission to change the inputs for Christian ministry—they remain His word and prayer, in the context of relationship.
As Paul says, ‘I did not shrink back from proclaiming to you anything that was profitable or from teaching it to you in public and from house to house. I testified to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus’ (Acts 20:20-21).
And yet the inputs aren’t all there is. We pray and expect the end result—the output—will be lives that are transformed in every way, from the big to the small details. So, how we use our time, what we do with our finances, the things we desire and dream about, and what our goals are, should all be radically shaped as a result of the Biblical inputs (and of course by the power of the Spirit).
Our vision for Bible Study Central is that it provides key tools for thinking about God and ourselves, at a critical moment of life. When I left high school, and started university, my growth in Christ was in large measure due to the efforts of those in the Christian group on my uni campus. They taught me what it is to respond to the mercy of God with my whole life (Romans 12:1-3). While I knew the message of reconciliation to God in my head, it took time to see what it should be doing in my life.
I’ve found it’s seeing the magnitude of God’s plan in Christ that makes all the difference. So I’m praying His cosmic plan will shape all of us at Bible Study Central this year and beyond.