School partnership bearing fruit
By Jeremy Dover, Head of Biblical Studies at Waverley Christian College
Wycliffe Bible Translators Australia has partnered with Waverley Christian College in Melbourne since 2019 to support staff and students in understanding the Bible in a deeper way. Our Biblical Studies program, like that of many churches, has a strong biblical theology based on the central gospel message of sin and salvation. There is often a gap in students’ understanding of biblical truth and its application in everyday life.
We want to help students understand that the Bible can be trusted, that its words are inspired by God, and that they can trust in God’s plan of salvation for their lives. Wycliffe Australia is helping us to teach students to read the Bible in greater depth and find richer meaning because they trust the words and the reliability of their translations.
Wycliffe Australia is helping to train Year 7 students to use their Study Bibles to read, engage with and understand God’s Word. As part of their training, students explore the introduction of Bible books to give context, the cross-references that point to other Bible verses explaining that section and the commentary notes that give richer insight into Bible themes. Over 200 Year 7 students completed the program this year.
Helen Sahl attended the graduation and presented certificates, encouraging the students about the work of Wycliffe and the importance of having the Bible in the languages that speak to our hearts. We pray that this will help them experience the true character of God as he reveals himself in the Scriptures.
- for Waverley Christian College’s Biblical Studies program – that students will engage with God’s Word and respond to God’s plan of salvation
- for the Biblical Studies teachers in this ministry
- that the student cohort will inspire young people to rise up and be trained for the harvest field.