I have have the privilege of fleshing out in some meetings with our church’s new education team, what it is we would like each grade/age level to know, and what we want them to do.
What follows is what I have fleshed out so far, I’d love to hear some thoughts from any of my readers!
How do we help one get there? Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Two questions: What do we want them to know?
What do we want them to do?
6th grade—12th grade
- What do we want them to know?
§ Who is God?
§ What’s the difference between the God of the Bible and other gods?
§ Why is knowing God important?
§ Names of God
o The Bible:
§ What is it?
§ Why study/read it?
§ How we got the Bible
§ The Story of the OT
- # of books
- the divisions of the different books
o Historical Books
o Wisdom Books
o Major and Minor Prophets
- a break down of each book
- the unifying themes/motifs that run throughout
- characters and why they are important to the Story
o Adam and Eve, creation and the fall
o Cain and Able,
o Noah, the flood and the covenant
o Abraham, promises, covenant, faith journey
o Isaac – child of the promise
o Jacob (his wives, and his sons) –family issues
o Joseph –
o Moses – Exodus, wilderness wanderings, 10 commandments
o Judges: who, what, the cycle of the book
o Eli, and Samuel, Saul, and David
o Solomon, the temple, and the kings that follow (good and bad)
§ the division of the northern and southern kingdoms
§ Israel in captivity, first in Assyria, then in Babylon
o a community restored, second temple Judaism
o The cry of the minor prophets
§ justice for the oppressed
§ faithfulness to Yahweh
o Intertestamental history
§ The Story of the NT
- # of books
- the division or the break down of each book
o Acts – History
o Peter’s letters, John’s letters, Jude
- central themes, motifs, characters of significance
o characters: why these folks are important
- Who, What, Why?
- Names of Jesus
§ Mary and Joseph
§ John the Baptist (Zechariah and Elizabeth)
§ Herod the Great
§ The Twelve
§ Paul and Barnabas
- Paul’s missionary journeys (Acts)
§ Cornelius, Philip, Stephen (the 7 deacons), Ethiopian Eunuch, Timothy, Titus
§ How to study the Bible
- reading more than one chapter at a time
- encourage journaling, and underlining, and careful reading
- contextual emphasis
o The Church:
§ What is the Church? When did it begin? How did it spread? What is the mission of the Church? The leadership of the church. The practices of the church
§ The Church and the new people of God
§ The Church of Christ – what are we about
- What makes us unique, different?
§ My gifts, and abilities, and my place in the Church.
§ The Church and today, living the mission of Christ
- the five purposes of the church:
o evangelism, ministry, worship, fellowship, mission
§ What is it? Who needs it? What is sin? How do we fix it? Forgiveness. Who is the bringer of salvation? The importance of the cross, and baptism
§ Matthew 28:19-20 –we are a “going people’
§ What is evangelism? How to share my faith
§ Out living our lives/Making a difference
§ the Kingdom of God
§ Surviving my family
§ Becoming the kind of kids that Deut. 6 teaches
§ thinking about marriage
§ purity, dating, and sex
§ What is it? How do I do it? Why pray?
§ The great prayers in the Bible
§ the Lord’s Prayer
o Knowing what we believe and why this matters:
§ World Religions:
- What are the big ones? What do they believe?
§ What other churches believe? Why
- Baptists, Methodists, Catholics, Pentecostal, Presbyterian
§ Christian doctrines, and what the Church of Christ believes
- Developing a Christian worldview
§ What does it mean to follow Christ?
§ Living a cruciform life
§ Fruit of the Spirit
o Money Management:
§ the importance of giving.
§ Planning for the future, saving
§ What does Jesus say about Money?
o Media Consumption:
§ Christian worldview
§ how to make wise music, movie, tv, internet choices
§ How Christ and culture intersect
o Spiritual Formation:
§ spiritual disciplines and practices
§ hungering and thirsting for Christ
§ Sermon on the Mount
What I want them to do?
- 1. To know Christ, and be baptized into Christ before the graduate HS
- 2. To be able articulate what it is the believe
- 3. to engage in service projects and mission work
If you were going through this exercise what would you include?