Discipling our students requires us to be keenly aware of the digital self that lies behind that student who sits every week in the third row, second seat on the left, the student in the front row who has all the answers, or the quiet kid in back row you see once a month. There is a deeper story to our students than most of us ever imagined possible. But the story is told in places some of us never venture to.
I love my technology. I am often told that I am on my phone far too much. I love the reminders, dings, and notifications. If I see a little red dot with a number, I have to check it and clear it. But if I—a late GenX’er has become another victim of the sensual allure of the latest and greatest slick tech, then what fighting chance do my children or the students I lead have? Friends, the struggle is real, and it has an impact that goes far beyond just being addicted to the dings and red dots.
Our digital world has so captivated our children that things like media, the internet, and even gaming are doing more than just influencing our kids, it is raising them.
The goal here is to get your students, no matter their personality, to worry less about making their point and more about allowing the gospel to meet a person where they are. The goal is to help students speak truth but in love with grace.
Doubt is not something to be avoided. Instead, it should be seen as an opportunity to strengthen one’s faith. In this study, students will face their own questions and doubts. And in the process find a deeper relationship with Jesus.