Friday, August 17, 2018

Bible-Driven Church

I recently read "What the Bible Is All About"  written by Dr. Henrietta Mears. She is the founder of Forest Home and Gospel Light Press. This book is a classic of Sunday school. This book is designed for a one-year course of Bible survey. If we study a lesson in a quarter instead of a week. This course can be expanded to a 12-years preaching series or a 12-years Sunday school curriculum. 
The Sunday School can start from New Testament, and the Sunday Preaching and the small group can begin with Old Testament. Together, people can go through the whole Bible in six years.

If we have a span of sixty years, we can have five cycles. But this should not be a static cycle, it should be a dynamic cycle. Instead of the same group of people studying together for a lifetime, they are trained in a way with small group Bible study and one to one discipleship and 12 years as a generation. The Calvary Chapel is growing with this strategy. Each disciple aims to lead a new disciple for twelve years. A church should aim at doubling size in twelve years. Although the 12 years are not a short period of time, many people will say that it is too long, but today many churches are stagnant and shrinking. The doubling in 12 years is actually ambitious. This is a slow but real growth. A Bible-driven church is the church of my dreams. The churches led by John Calvin, John MacArthur, Chuck Smith and Warren Wiersbe are all Bible-driven churches. Drive the growth of the church based on the Bible

Study a book in one quarter, for a total of 12 years of reading. Each season has a clear learning goal and progress. If you study a book in two months, it will take eight years. If you study a book in a month, it will be four years. You can adjust the speed according to the different spiritual needs of the church. Personal devotion can read the entire book volume repeatedly during the season, the Sunday school and the group group can select optional chapters, the Sunday preaching can select the verses in the chapters . The Sunday School can start from the Old Testament, and the Sunday Preaching and the small group can begin with the New Testament. Together, the two can go through the Bible in six years.
  1. Introduction of Bible
  2. Genesis
  3. Exodus 
  4. Leviticus
  5. Deuteronomy
  6. Numbers
  7. Joshua
  8. Judges,Ruths
  9. 1 Samuel
  10. 2 Samuel
  11. 1&2 Kings ,1&2 Chronicles
  12. Ezra , Nehemiah
  13. Review
  14. Esther
  15. Job
  16. Psalms
  17. Proverbs,Ecclesiastes,Song of Songs
  18. Isaiah
  19. Jeremiah , Lamentation
  20. Ezekiel
  21. Daniel
  22. Hosea, Joel, Amos
  23. Obadiah, Jonah, Micah
  24. Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah 
  25. Haggai, Zechariah,Malachi
  26. Review
  27. Introduction of Gospels
  28. Matthew 
  29. Mark
  30. Luke
  31. John 
  32. Acts
  33. Romans
  34. 1 Corinthians
  35. 2 Corinthians
  36. Galatians
  37. Ephesians
  38. Philippians
  39. Review
  40. Colossians
  41. 1 Thessalonians
  42. 2 Thessalonions
  43. 1 Timothy
  44. 2 Timothy
  45. Titus, Philemon
  46. Hebrew 
  47. James
  48. 1 Peter
  49. 2 Peter
  50. 1&2&3 John , Jude
  51. Revelation
  52. Review
I am happily dreaming about a Bible-driven church by myself. Although I can't realize this dream for the time being, I am leaving a record of my dream here. I hope that someday someone with the same dream can promote this plan in the church.

I recently read the biography of Dr. Henrietta Mears and found out she is a legend. She is also the founder of Gospel Light Press and Forest Home. Her Sunday school had more than 6,000 students. She also influenced Bill Bright of the Campus Crusade, as well as the evangelist Billy Graham. Her book sold four million copies. I have both the old and the new versions. I found that the new version has deleted the titles of many segments. It is a pity, but the article has not changed. This is really a good book, I still remember that I was very fond of reading in the bookstore.

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