What We Believe Set

What We Believe Set


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Our children are bombarded daily with competing messages. Every song, movie, book, TV show, blog, and game is full of ideas - ideas about God, people, truth, beauty, and right and wrong. Not all of these ideas are true. Some are deceptive and even destructive.

Because it is more important than ever that children learn to discern the truth, Apologia has partnered with Summit Ministries to bring the What We Believe series to your family.

The What We Believe series is an outstanding way to teach children the essential beliefs of the Christian faith, but it's so much more! With this beautifully illustrated Bible-based curriculum, your children will learn to use Scripture as the perfect lens through which to view the world around them and stand firm in the truth. Featuring engaging stories, creative notebooking, and fun activities, this four-part series is presented in a conversational style that makes the study of God's Word exciting and memorable for the whole family!

"Great for parents to use with
their children at home!"
Chuck Colson, BreakPoint

The statistics are disturbing. Teens and young adults who have been raised in the church are leaving and not returning later. Lots of them! Europe is filled with empty church buildings. Is America following her example? Researchers trying to find the reasons have concluded that it isn't enough to "just" take your child to church with you. It isn't enough to "just" homeschool. Parents must be actively involved in living/demonstrating/teaching the biblical Christian worldview. Worldview isn't something mystical or unknowable - it's simply the way your child (and you) looks at the world every day. Diverse beliefs about reality fill the world around us and in our emerging "global village" are coming ever closer. Christians are faced with critical questions such as: "How do we know what is true?" and "How must we live our lives in relation to the truth we come to know?" This curriculum (ultimately a four-part series) is designed to address questions like these. It is based on the biblical Christian worldview, which affirms that truth is absolute and knowable through the revelation of God. It reiterates that knowledge of God is the beginning of wisdom and the key to understanding the world around us.

Apologia is providing a wonderful tool for Christian parents: user-friendly, colorful texts written in an engaging, conversational style directly to the student. A tool that can be customized to any individual child or family, encouraging Bible reading and memory work, thoughtful examination and consideration of ideas, notebooking as a means of gathering and processing information, prayer and personal application. It is both a Bible study and a doctrinal study; but it is much more. It presents students with the opportunity and necessity of turning the light inward and then turning toward the One who is the Light. As such it does not hesitate to take on some difficult questions such as: Where am I building my life? What is God like? If God created the world, why isn't it perfect? Why did God create me?

Although this series is unique in many ways, there are also many points of overlap with the worldview materials that come from Summit Ministries - indeed, one of the writers is a Summit staff writer. That's good, in my opinion, as Summit Ministries has been actively pursuing the idea of worldview education for years and has developed an orderly approach to its many facets. It also means that you can expect to see a thorough and age/grade appropriate examination of all the major worldviews as well as the implications of each on different aspects of our culture.

To give you an idea how all of this works together within a lesson, let's look at lesson 6 of Who is God? (V1): "If God Created the World, Why Isn't It Perfect?" The authors obviously understand about how to "hook" an audience because the first thing you notice as you skim through the lesson is a story about a camping trip, a recipe for S'mores Clusters (yes, they sound wonderful), and a picture of a wide screen TV. Well, the camping story introduces a father-son discussion on creation while the rest of the chapter provides the biblical and theological background - The Four Relationships of Creation. And the TV? It serves as a reminder that TV shows, movies, music and internet sites are all produced by people with worldviews and that they are powerful tools that can shape what we believe.

Each Text is a beautifully done hardcover book that includes the lessons for each course. Each lesson can be covered in about two weeks, three days per week. That timetable would probably work well for a middle school student working more or less independently. However, there's a lot of flexibility here and if you wanted to do the study as a family with multi-age children it could be slowed down considerably. Lessons follow a pattern: an overview called The Big Idea, a list of the learning objectives - What You Will Do, a short story, then Think About It (thought-provoking questions). Next is a vocabulary study - Words You Need to Know - and suggested Bible memory verses - Hide It in Your Heart. (Bible verses are primarily taken from the NIV although the ICB and NLT are sometimes used. Students are encouraged to read passages in whatever version they prefer.) The heart (and bulk) of the lesson is called "Integrated Learning" and consists of a clear presentation of the lesson contents interspersed with interesting articles (e.g. Where was the Garden of Eden? in Lesson 6, V1), biographical sketches (e.g. Fanny Crosby), illustrative artwork (often reproductions of masterpieces by Rembrandt, Velazquez, Dore, Michelangelo, and others), and Make a Note of It sections (suggestions for notebooking topics). Personal application is introduced in the What Should I Do? section along with a prayer. Each lesson concludes with Worldview in Focus - which is an ongoing study using a visual model - The House of Truth - developed by Summit Ministries.

Apologia has given us a valuable course of study. I have to admit it's courses like these that make me wish I could start my homeschooling all over again. How blessed today's generation of homeschoolers are! Although the course could be completed with just the Text, a Bible and a notebook for each child, Apologia has prepared some additional user-friendly tools. Designed to be a keepsake record of the child's spiritual growth through each course, the Notebooking Journals provide subtly colored, graphically designed (i.e. attractive and appealing) space to keep notes from the course content, vocabulary, memory verse records, reinforcing activities and mini-books, practical applications, course reviews and thoughtful responses. These are probably most appropriate for upper elementary and middle school students as there is a fair amount of writing involved. The student is the author of this journal and a nice feature is the author's biographical page at the end - all ready for the student to supply his information. [May I just add a "Wow!" here - these journals are amazingly and lovingly prepared.] The Coloring Books may appeal more to the younger set but there's enough detail to bring out the artist in anyone. The to-be-colored pictures serve as review and reinforcement; sometimes depicting characters from Bible stories or biographical sketches and sometimes asking a question of personal application. You'll want a set of high quality colored pencils like Prismacolor Scholars. The MP3 Audio CDs provide course content that can be downloaded to computers or iDevices. ~ Janice

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It was recommended by a friend who had used it to teach her children.
Jose M on Aug 8, 2022
To teach my children to have a biblical worldview.
Erika B on Jul 13, 2019
It was recommended by a friend who had used it to teach her children.
Jose M on Aug 8, 2022
for Bible/Worldview
Melissa B on Sep 21, 2020
To teach my children to have a biblical worldview.
Erika B on Jul 13, 2019
Because it was the cheapest way to buy all four books.
Kristy J on Jun 19, 2018
for Bible/Worldview
Melissa B on Sep 21, 2020
Because it was the cheapest way to buy all four books.
Kristy J on Jun 19, 2018
If I want to cover this with my 2 children. Do I need to purchase 2 sets of these books, or would that only apply if I also purchase the companion notebooks?
Joy S on Jun 29, 2021
BEST ANSWER: No you only need one set because they are non-consumable. My husband would read a section and we would talk about what he read and then I would have the children copy the Bible verse and other quotes and answers to the questions in a notebook. Our children are ages 4-13 and we have really enjoyed this series and plan on starting over again once we finish the last book because I feel that the older children can go deeper in the series with their comprehension the next time around.
Does this cover cross-cultural missions and the Great commission as part of vol. 3 or 4?
Grace C on Feb 19, 2021
Are these hardcover?
A shopper on Jul 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes they are hardcover.
Does this come in a nice box?
User on Apr 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, there is no box. This set is simply these four books:

009898 Who Is God?(& Can I Really Know Him?) V.1
048476 Who Am I?(And What Am I Doing Here?) Volume 2
050475 Who Is My Neighbor?(& Why He Need Me?) Vol 3
053975 What on Earth Can I Do?
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Awesome apologetic series
Yes I would recommend this series. Our children are ages 13-4 and we have really enjoyed going through these books. In fact we are on our last one and plan to start back with the first book so we can go even deeper especially with the older ones. It lays a good foundation to which to build the rest of your studies upon. It has been the best apologetic/Bible study that we have ever done. I would highly recommend it for all ages. I think my husband and I both have learned so much from this series.
June 29, 2021
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