Bible study co-leaders Karoline Westerman (left) and Anna Herrington are inviting high school students of all faiths to join them for a virtual First Corinthians study. The course, which takes place on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m., takes place via Zoom, an application for smartphones, tablets and computers. Courtesy pictures
COVID-19 restrictions led two Marble Falls University students to respond to Jesus’ call to “make disciples of all nations”.
Although this call to the Great Commission is found in Matthew 28:18-20, Anna Herrington and Karoline Westerman started a Bible study group for high school students on the book of First Corinthians. Written by Paul, First Corinthians is a letter to “God‘s people at Corinth” about what it means to be a Christian.
“What better way to spend (the COVID-19 pandemic) than in the Word of God,” said Harrington, a sophomore at Baylor University.
Both are members of the First Baptist Church of Marble Falls. They came up with the idea for the virtual Bible study after returning from college when campuses closed due to the pandemic. They meet at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays via Zoom, a digital app for computers, tablets and smartphones that brings groups face-to-face over the internet.
“High school can be stressful,” said Westerman, a sophomore at Dallas Baptist University. “We want to help them prepare for the next years of high school and then help them prepare for college. We also want to give them confidence.
Finding one-on-one time with God can be a challenge for students, the two said, another reason they started the study.
“We are trying to build a foundation for Jesus and for students as they are about to enter a new phase in their lives,” Herrington said. “I think it’s so important to study God’s Word, to better understand who He is, and to know more about His kingdom.”
Both pray that students will fall in love with reading their Bible and incorporate its teachings into their daily lives. They also pray that these same students will grow to be leaders involved in different ministries and charities in their communities.
A third hope and prayer is that Bible study will continue without them when they return to their respective campuses in August. In this spirit, they encourage each participant to lead discussions on different chapters of First Corinthians.
The study is open to all high school students, regardless of faith. Email First Baptist Church student pastor Laine Melikian at [email protected] to learn more.
“Seriously, everyone is welcome,” Herrington said.