EDEN — A new interactive educational platform to help make Bible study more engaging and easier to understand has been rolled out this school year and is showing success for one local youth pastor.
The free publication Enjoy Life Forever! — An Interactive Bible Course is available in more than 700 languages on the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ official website jw.org and includes multimedia elements that encourage critical thinking and discussion between the student and instructor.
“I’ve found that the videos, pictures, and comparative slides help draw students out, express their ideas clearly and keep them involved,” said David Huff Jr., a volunteer minister in Eden.
The digital version of Enjoy Life Forever! — An Interactive Bible Course contains quick-access links to scriptures and more than 200 videos. Printed copies are designed to be used with the app JW Library or jw.org to access the videos that make Bible study more approachable for everyone.
“This method has helped my student understand and remember the main points better,” Huff said, after using the publication in Bible study discussions with an individual who is autistic. “The videos have had a big impact on his learning; now he prepares for his study in advance and looks at extra materials on his own.”
The Jehovah’s Witnesses have been publishing Bible study aids for more than a century, and U.S. spokesperson Robert Hendriks said, “Our approach is all about reaching people’s hearts by engaging their minds. This is how people learn.”
He added, “Although we’ve always been about the printed page, we’ve adapted our methods to meet the needs of learners.”
Also available on jw.org are self-paced online Bible study lessons that cover the subjects: the Bible and its Author, the Bible’s main characters and the Bible’s message of hope. All content on the website jw.org is free, without requiring registration or subscription.