THEOLOGY UNPLUGGED*

 

THEOLOGY UNPLUGGED* is a thirty part basic theology programme written for young people in a way that makes theology interesting and relevant. (Sample only available now – see note below*)

 


 

One of the responsibilities of youth ministry is to help young people gain a grasp of basic Christian doctrine and its relevance to them—in other words to know what they believe and why its important. Theology Unplugged*aims to do just that in a way that is interesting and engaging. Those seeking to have a better understanding of the Christian faith will learn important truths that will have immediate application in their lives.

Each session consists of the following:

  • Questions for discussion: These are designed to create interest in the topic and to get participants thinking before moving on to a related teaching component.
  • Bible study: A series of Bible verses and accompanying questions are provided as the teaching core of the session. In a group setting the leader can either look these up and their content in “lecture style”, or have participants look them up and discuss their answers together.
  • Sections to read:  These expand on what participants discover through the Bible study passages and questions. Again, the leader can either use these sections to supplement their own teaching, or can suggest that participants to read through these together.
  • Questions for personal reflection: These are designed to encourage participants to reflect on the personal implications of what they have been learning
  • A Revision Quiz: Designed to test and reinforce what has been learned.
  • Further points for reflection: This content gives participants more content to reflect on in their own time.

 

Theology is presented from an evangelical perspective with various viewpoints presented allowing students to draw their own conclusions. That being said, not every youth leader will agree with what’s written. That’s why, when you download the material from our website, you not only get each session as a .pdf file, but you also receive the original Microsoft Publisher file the material was written in. This allows you to add your own touches and present your own theological convictions.

The material is flexible. It can be utilised in one of four ways as follows, or a suitable combination of these ways depending on your own needs and preferences.

  • A course for young people to work through alone. Youth leaders can mark and return completed papers.
  • As resource material for small group study and reflection.
  • As resource material for a lecture style presentation
  • As core material for the youth leader to copy and paste, developing their own curriculum. 

 

Theology Unplugged* consists of six modules each of five sessions (see below). Sessions are all stand-alone meaning they can be taught in any order as suits your needs at the time.
 
Each module consist of the following resources:
  • Five participant’s workbook each containing questions for discussion.
  • A Leader’s Guide containing a range of learning activities and guidance on how to best teach the material 
     

The SIX modules each cover five topics as follows:

THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF JESUS CHRIST

1. God the Son: This session looks at the Biblical evidence that demonstrates Jesus was both fully human and fully God. It also looks at the progressive revelation in Scripture of the Son from eternity past into the person of Jesus and then on into eternity future. (To read content covered in this session visit our store).

2. Jesus’ Words and Deeds: Here we look at the various claims Jesus made about who He was and what He was able to do. We also look at His main teaching themes and His preference for teaching in parables. Finally we look at the various miracles He performed and their real purpose.

3. Jesus’ Death and Resurrection: This session explores the various facts surrounding Jesus’ death including the reasons for it and the results of it. It also looks at the significance of the resurrection and evidence that it really did take place just as the Bible teaches. 

4. The Return of Jesus Christ: A look at the various facts and forecasts surrounding the return of Christ along with an examination of the primary themes found in the book of Revelation. Various timetables and interpretations concerning future events are also examined. 

5. Judgement: This study looks at what the Bible has to say about judgement, looking at the Judgement Seat of Christ and the Great Throne Judgement. It also explores what the Bible teaches about the afterlife, including Heaven and Hell.

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

1. Worship: An introduction to the topic of worship including the importance of worship and various ways to worship. The session also looks at the benefits of worship to the believer along with common hindrances to effective personal worship. 

2. Prayer and Fasting: This study examines the twin disciplines of prayer and fasting exploring the key principles associated with each, along with their purpose. Space is also devoted to looking into the requirements for us to see answered prayer. 

3. Guidance: In this session we begin by looking at God’s general will for all mankind before examining His specific will for each of us and how we can know it. We look at principles and prerequisites along with what God wants us to do in order for Him to guide us. 

4. Suffering: Becoming a Christian doesn’t exempt us from suffering. In fact it may even expose us to more. We look here at the suffering of Christ before examining our own suffering and how we might best respond and endure. 

5. Sacrifice and Service: This session looks firstly at Christ’s own sacrifice for us before examining the importance and motivation for our own sacrificial service of Him. It concludes by looking at the scope of sacrificial service along with the rewards that come through such service. 

GOD’S PLAN FOR MANKIND

1. God the Father: This session begins by looking at the evidence for God’s existence. It then catalogues His various natural and moral attributes, and concludes by looking at the implications of our being able to approach God as our heavenly Father. 

2. Man: We look at the essential nature of man along with the characteristics that differentiate man from animals. We also look in depth at God’s plan for mankind, and in particular the impact of the Fall and the impact of the Cross on this plan. 

3. Salvation: In this session we define what is meant by salvation and look at what it means in the past, present and future. We also explain the seven aspects of salvation:  propitiation, regeneration, justification, redemption, adoption, sanctification and glorification. 

4. Grace: This session explain the nature and benefits of grace and contrasts this with the Law. It compares the New Covenant with the Old and looks at the relationship between faith and works. It also looks at the doctrines of predestination and assurance of salvation. 

5. Identity and Inheritance: Here we examine what the believer’s new identity in Christ is and what God provides for us through it. We also look at the many blessings God has granted us in Christ and how we go about receiving those blessings in our daily life.

THE SPIRITUAL REALM

1. God the Holy Spirit: This study looks at the person of the Holy Spirit and in particular evidence He is God and as such is a being, not a force. It also looks at the ministry of the Holy Spirit, from Creation to the birth of Christ then Pentecost and on to Christ’s return. 

2. The Holy Spirit and the Believer: A look at the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives and what is meant by baptism in the Holy Spirit and the infilling of the Spirit. The study also looks at what is meant by being filled with the Holy Spirit as well as various sins against the Holy Spirit. 

3. Spiritual Gifts: Here we examine some foundational truths about spiritual gifts and how they operate in relation to God, man and the church. We also look at some of the confusion that exists surrounding spiritual gifts as well as suggestions for discovering our gifts. 

4. The Church: This session defines the church and explores important facts about the church. It goes on to look at leadership within the church, explaining various forms of church government and the expectations placed on leaders. 

5. The Kingdom of God: In this study you will learn the various names of the kingdom of God and what is meant by the term. You will also learn about what it means to live in the kingdom of God—specifically how we inherit the kingdom and what our responsibilities are.

THE SPIRITUAL BATTLE

1. The Bible: This two part study looks firstly at the authority of Scripture: its claims, its themes and the symbols used to describe it. Secondly, it looks at the question of the Bible’s authenticity and what evidence there is to back such claims. 

2. Satan: This is a study in the person of Satan that looks at his origin, position, destiny and nature. It also looks at his work in the world through which you will learn the range of things he can and cannot do and how we can resist him. 

3. Angels and Demons: Here we look at both angels and demons, discovering firstly what they actually are then what each of them do in relation to God and man. We also look at the topic of demonic influence and how people can be set free. 

4. Spiritual Warfare: To be a Christian means to be involved in a spiritual battle against the forces of Satan. In this session you will learn more about this battle and how to engage in it using the full armour of God and the authority that belongs to Him and is available to us. 

5. Faith: In this session you will come to understand what exactly faith is and what it isn’t. You will learn the necessity of faith in the Christian life and how to both obtain faith and use it in the various situations you are confronted with. 

OTHER TOPICS

1. Prophecy: This study looks at the role of the prophets in Scripture and the message that they bought, examining the great predictive themes of the Old Testament. Finally it gives guidelines we can use for interpreting prophecy today. 

2. Symbols and Types: This session explains the concept of symbols and types in Scripture and guidelines for interpreting them correctly. It then looks in detail at two important types: the tabernacle and the three great feasts of Israel: Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. 

3. Sacraments: In this study we look in depth at two sacraments. Firstly we look at baptism: the significance of it and reasons for it. Secondly we examine Communion or the Lord’s Supper, understanding its significance and examining various beliefs about it. 

4. Creation: We explore the creation vs. evolution debate contrasting the essential principles of each theory. We look at the personal implication of creationism before concluding by outlining a range of creationist beliefs.

5. Cults and Other Religions: This two part study begins by helping participants recognise a cult by identifying all the marks of a cult and the lure of the cults. The second half looks at other religions and shows what makes Christianity unique, showing that not all religions are the same. 


 

*NOTE: This resource is awaiting funding before being produced. If this can be secured we will have module 1 complete by January 2014 and the other five modules progressively complete in the following few months.

For further information click on the links below:

  • Download a copy of our information booklet.
  • Visit our store to view a free sample of participant notes and the leader’s guide for module 1 session 1.