George's Plan for Bible Study and Discipleship
I have known for a long time that I like to teach and most of my life I have used that gift, primarily teaching Sunday school to middle and high school students. I have also taught for eight years at a homeless shelter for men and taught adult men and women at the church we have been members of. While in China I also grew in my conviction that I have the gift of hospitality. I really enjoy meeting and getting to know people and inviting them to meals at our home.
My desire is to use the gift of hospitality to get to know people in Murphy, build relationships with them, share the gospel with them and invite them to a Bible study at our home. Through this I would be searching for others who have the gifts needed to lead a Bible study on their own and help them develop the confidence to do so. The whole process would be aimed not just on having my own little Bible study that goes on and on but a Bible study that trains others to lead and take over the Bible study and for me and hopefully others as well, to go out and start more.
In reading about current youth trends I have had a burden on my heart regarding the exodus of college age youth from churches and from their faith. The following info is copied from an article: UPDATED: Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity? J. Warner January 12, 2019 Current Events, Writings, Youth. It says in part: Southern Baptist Convention Data
“Pinkney, T.C., Remarks to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, Nashville, Tennessee (2001)
Study Findings: Data from the Southern Baptist Convention indicates that they are currently losing 70-88% of their youth after their freshman year in college. 70% of teenagers involved in church youth groups stop attending church within two years of their high school graduation.”
Do not get the idea that I believe that I have been called to change this trend across the whole of the U.S. I do feel the calling to speak to youth in churches and make them aware of what is happening and some steps that can be taken to prevent that in their own lives. Hopefully, churches will invite us in to speak to their youth groups and initially at least I want to speak on: Matthew 22: 34But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" 37Jesus said to him, ""You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38This is the first and great commandment.
I would like to close with two more verses that speak right to the heart of all that we want to do:
Psalms 71:17-18 - O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works. Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.