Jesus used everyday things people were familiar with to communicate and teach. For my suburban group of young adults, I may have to unpack some of the background of sheep and shepherds, but Jesus’ original hearers readily understood the significance of His words, “I am the door of the sheep” (John 10:7).
I am always looking for contemporary items and illustrations that will communicate as clearly to a group of 21st-century twenty-somethings as those that Jesus used in the 1st century. One great way to connect God’s Word to our lives is by connecting God’s Word to the daily news. Lifeway’s ongoing curriculum for groups makes that easy for me.
- Bible Studies for Life. Go to http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/leaderextras/ and you will find EXTRA!, a free resource for adults, students, and kids.
- Explore the Bible. Go to http://blog.lifeway.com/explorethebible/adults/leaderextras for EXTRA! ideas for adult group.
The ideas and current events on EXTRA! do not replace the group plans, but they supplement them well. EXTRA! gives direction on where and when to use the idea.
Lynn Pryor is a team leader for adult resources at Lifeway. He and his wife, Mary, lead a Bible study group for young adults and have survived raising two sons to adulthood. A graduate of Southwestern Seminary, Lynn has previously pastored and served churches in Texas. Follow him on his blog at lynnhpryor.com.