Authors Note: “People sometimes question whether their students would need this study of GOD. We have found that many students in this age group have great confidence in and love for Christ, but some may have subtle reservations and misunderstandings about God due to hearing Old Testament stories of his judgment. (Actually, his judgment flowed from his love when He was trying to bring a rebellious and sinful people back into relationship and fellowship with Himself.)
The main focus of this study is the help students learn to love God and deepen their relationship and fellowship with Him. Progressing through this study, we show how God and Christ have EXACTLY the same attributes in their character and LOVE for us as people. This essential study helps students strengthen and repair their spiritual foundations before they try to discover who they are in Christ.”
This exciting Bible Curriculum is recommended for 7th grade but can be used for 8th or 9th as well, deliberately focuses on some of the less familiar stories and events in the Bible to give students a new appreciation of our loving God.
Artwork, line drawings, different ways of answering questions, and suggested activities intermingled with inductive Bible study will keep students refreshed, interested, and motivated!
The Teacher’s Guide is essential to help parents present fresh new ideas, and the Student Workbook includes reflection or journal pages to help students organize and record their new appreciation of our amazing creator and our God.
Each lesson begins with a beautiful artist’s rendition of the face of someone in an Unreached People Group. Also included is a brief description of their life, location maps, and prayer opportunities that introduce and broaden the understanding of each teacher and student to the needs of people groups who don’t yet know about Christ.
Eight lessons are provided, each of which is based on an attribute of God: wisdom, power, creativity, love, holiness, faithfulness, justice, and mercy. While this list is not comprehensive, these eight have been selected as a good "base" to start with. Related attributes are presented in sequence, so students can see the relationship between them (like power and creativity). Each lesson is designed to take 10-12 days.
These are serious inductive Bible study courses with a strong missions emphasis. The authors believe that studying the Bible is the most important subject to be done each day. Since most of the common Bible stories are familiar to students by this age, they have attempted to put important but less well-known Bible reading in the lessons. Components of the program include the teacher's guide and the student book. "Suggestions for Younger Children" books are available for the first two books that provide ideas for covering similar content with youngsters. You will also need a Bible, and the course is designed so you can use your own or any version you like.
Each book is divided into several meaty lessons that focus on a specific topic, and span 10 or more days of study each. Topics vary in each book, from studying attributes of God in Book 1 to studying our identity as believers in Book 2 to developing Christian habits in Book 3 and finally, learning about aspects of Christ's character in Book 4. Topics have been carefully chosen by the authors to represent the most important or foundational ones for junior-high students to understand, and are presented in logical order. For instance, in Book 1, students study God's power and then His creativity, so they can see both of these attributes in the light of each other.
Text and discussion questions are provided in both the teacher guide and student books. The text is the Bible, with questions in the student book providing the references to be read. The amount of Bible reading required in a day would generally amount to a chapter or two in total, although verses might come from any book of the Bible. Student books provide enough space for answers to be written in. A Bible verse is memorized with each lesson. Occasionally, the day is devoted to some special project, such as a writing assignment or skit. Study pages (answer keys are provided) help students prepare for the test, which is given on the last day of the lesson. As previously mentioned, missions emphasis is evident throughout the program. Each chapter begins with information about a different people group. Students pray for this people group daily during the time it takes to complete the lesson. Books are black-and-white and illustrated with light-hearted line drawings. The Teacher Guide lists some introductory and helpful teaching and background notes, as well as answers to the discussion questions. Suggestions for Younger Children includes some of the line drawings from the student book (enlarged) to color, and suggestions of a Bible story to tell (not provided) or an arts-and-crafts project to do. One story suggestion and two project suggestions per lesson is the norm.
If you are looking for a good course to begin the transition from Bible reading to more serious Bible study for your junior high student, consider this one.