Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Explore the Bible expands, includes kids and students

By Carol Pipes

Beginning this fall, LifeWay's Explore the Bible ongoing curriculum line will expand to include young adults, students and kids. 

"Until now, Explore the Bible has been a book-by-book study only for adults," Toby Jennings, managing editor of the study, said. "With this expansion, it will become the only curriculum we know that provides book-by-book Bible study for groups of all ages."

Adults and students will study the same passage of Scripture every week. The material for kids will focus on the same concept within the same book as adults and students. They may, however, cross-reference a connected story in Scripture that elaborates on the primary message to make challenging concepts more kid-friendly. All ages will study the same memory verse.

Jennings explained that each study session is developed to help groups understand the Bible passage within its larger biblical context. Sessions include engaging discussion questions, in-depth Bible commentary and a comprehensive reading plan for each book of the Bible.

Explore the Bible is partnering with leading Bible teachers and scholars to develop the material and serve as general editors for specific studies. Well-known pastor, author and radio teacher David Jeremiah will serve as general editor for this fall's study of Hebrews. 

Tony Evans, another renowned teacher and author, is leading the winter study of Esther, Ezra and Nehemiah. Other general editors include Union University's George Guthrie, and senior pastors Jim Shaddix, Afshin Ziafat, Gregg Matte, Vance Pitman and Bryan Loritts.

In addition to the 13-session ongoing study, Explore the Bible will also be available in six-session studies for small groups.