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The Holy Bible

Edge Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The middle school youth will learn about how the Bible was written and our approach when reading Scripture. The youth will also explore how the Bible can be read in different ways: literal, allegorical, moral and anagogical.

About this night

This session tells the story of how the writers of Sacred Scripture were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write an account of how God was working. Through that same Spirit, we are called to read the Scriptures and apply them to our lives. However, since the Bible was written so long ago, we must be mindful to read the Scriptures from the perspective of the time they were written (the literal sense), while being aware of the deeper meanings: how it points to or foreshadows Christ (allegorical), how it calls us to live our lives as Christians (moral sense) and what it reveals about the eternal (anagogical sense).

The Gather activity is designed to help the youth understand that the Bible contains various types of writing: historical, poetic, prophetic, etc., and how this adds to the beauty and magnificence of the Bible. With their small groups, the youth will read a story from the Bible. Many of them may simply remember that the story exists, but not very much detail. By using the various senses of reading Scripture, the youth will come to a deeper understanding of the story of Salvation History.

Parental Notice

Tonight’s session gave your middle school youth an opportunity to become more familiar with the Bible. They were given time to explore the Bible and find various sections or books in the Bible (the number of books, Old and New Testament, Gospels, etc.). If you have a Bible for the family, take some time together to review and explore the Bible. Help your youth to practice looking up Scripture verses by book/chapter/verse so that he/she becomes more comfortable with the Bible. Scripture verse suggestions: Genesis 1:1, Psalm 119:105, John 10:10, Romans 12:10.

Your youth was also challenged to see that the Bible can be read on more than one level or “sense.”  When we read a story like “David and Goliath,” we may only see the details of the story about a young man who is able to kill Goliath with only a slingshot and stone. However, the Church teaches that we can discover the deeper meaning of Scripture:

  • Literal: What are the circumstances and details of the event – keeping in mind the historical and cultural norms?
  • Allegorical: What does this reveal about Jesus or God’s promise of a Savior?
  • Moral: How does this help instruct us to live our lives as God desires?
  • Anagogical: (ask your youth for help to pronounce it) What does this verse/story reveal about heaven or eternity

In small group your youth looked at 1 Samuel 17:40-50 (David and Goliath). Look at Exodus 14:10-22 together and discuss the different “senses” of Scripture and the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt.

Environment

This night focuses on how the Bible was written and put together. Use a camp/campfire setting for the night. Place a few items used during a campout around the “stage” area of the room (tent, cot, sleeping bags, etc.). Make sure to build a fake campfire for the Proclaim to be given around.

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