By Heath Jarrett
We're putting the spotlight on Christ in the Old Testament this fall at Crux (our Jr. & Sr. High youth ministry). As we do that, we'll trace themes and plot lines through the Scripture, culminating in New Testament revelation and fulfillment in Jesus. Consider it an aerial tour of the sweeping story—a helicopter ride from Genesis to Revelation, touching down at key landmarks along the way. This is about a broad horizon, a big picture.
The Bible is a unified story. One book, composed of many parts, with one central message that links it all together: the revelation of God's glory in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
I want our students to see the development of the drama, characters, and crises which intensify anticipation for the fulfillment of God's promises; how the threads of creation & new creation, offspring, priesthood, king & kingdom, temple, judgment, redemption, and others are woven together into a tapestry which presents Christ for us to see from many perspectives.
As we survey the big landscape, we will also consider its parts. Where do the prophets fit in history? Why is Leviticus in the Bible? What was the exile and why does it matter? Maybe even more important, why does any of it still matter?
If you're feeling left out, I'm bringing similar content to the adult Bible studies (women's in the fall and men's in the winter). Don't miss out; this is a journey you want to take!