Falling in love with Jesus, one Bible study at a time


A a new Baptismal Bible study guide designed to help young people fall in love with the Bible and read it as one great story of God’s love has been published in English.

The Bible Story – A Study Guide was developed a few years ago by the Youth Ministries Department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Denmark.

Thomas Rasmussen, the main contributor to the guide, explained why he wrote it. “When I returned to Denmark after my studies at Newbold College [in England], I soon found myself studying with young people who wanted to be baptized. However, I could not find any document presenting the history of the Bible in the way that Gunnar Pedersen had taught us in biblical theology. It had to be developed. »

Rasmussen says he was thrilled to see how excited baptism candidates were after reading larger portions of Scripture and getting to know Jesus. More recently he returned to Denmark after completing his Masters of Divinity at Andrews University, Michigan, USA. Since then he has worked with the Trans-European Division to make the material available in English.

The study guide introduces young people to the Bible, not just by reading a few verses here and there, but by looking at the Bible story as a whole. It is based on the assumption that it is not enough to know “what we believe”; in fact, what we believe is irrelevant if it does not connect us to “who we believe in”.

Laurence Turner, professor emeritus at Newbold College, said he was impressed with the studies. “Finally! This is a Bible study guide that studies the Bible as it was given,” he wrote. “Reading large sections of Scripture, rather than isolated texts, makes the Bible more understandable, engaging, and relevant.It also respects those who study by asking genuinely open questions, rather than indicating the “correct” answer.It is an excellent witnessing tool in our contemporary society.

Designed in partnership with the Transeuropean Directorate, the guide is already being used elsewhere. Darius Jankiewicz is field and ministerial secretary for the South Pacific Division of the Adventist Church in Australia. He recommends the guide as an excellent resource for pastors and church members who can use it to introduce Jesus and the Bible.

Jankiewicz says, “I like that the studies begin with Jesus, rather than focusing on other topics first before introducing Jesus. I also appreciate the emphasis on discipleship. Finally, the perspective that the Bible describes a grand narrative of salvation is a welcome innovation that is missing in many Bible studies.

Richard Davidson, professor of Old Testament interpretation at Andrews University, adds, “What a great Bible story study guide! Thomas Rasmussen and the team have done a marvelous job of turning Gunnar Pedersen’s Biblical Theology into a Bible study format and translating it into plain English.

The Bible Story – A Study Guide is currently available in English, Danish and Norwegian. It will soon be available in a few additional languages. Plans are also in place to develop video materials for teachers and young people to accompany lessons.

the original version of this story was published on the Trans-European Division news sites.


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