BJU Press’s new Bible curriculum is a tool to help you train your children to walk in truth. Many forces in our world want to capture the hearts and minds of your children. We want this curriculum to help you teach your children to know and love God’s Word. This program provides opportunities for you to teach your children a foundation of Biblical truths. It also emphasizes equipping your children to understand, analyze, and apply the Bible for themselves. Ultimately these materials seek to bridge the gap between head and heart knowledge in your children. All of these courses are available as parent-led subject kits.
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How do Bible study skills relate to biblical worldview shaping? First, you must understand that a biblical worldview consists of three ingredients:
(1) the larger story of the world,
(2) the beliefs and values that grow out of that larger story, and
(3) the cultural action or personal behavior that should result from those beliefs and values.
Second, once the purposeful aim for a series of Bible courses has been established, there needs to be a practical method in place for accomplishing that aim of worldview shaping. It’s important to teach children and teens a good process for studying the Bible to ensure that their beliefs and values (ingredient 2) truly grow out of the larger biblical story of the world (ingredient 1) and thus lead to appropriate cultural participation and personal behavior (ingredient 3).
Here’s a simple inductive Bible study method that you can teach your children:
- Observe (what the Bible passage says)
- Interpret (what the Bible passage means)
- Apply (how the Bible passage should become meaningful)
The method can be tailored to multiple age-appropriate learning levels. Each step in the process can be more or less detailed as appropriate.
Example of an Inductive Study
You can use what God said to His people through Isaiah to teach your children a particular value—repentance. But that value will only make sense to your children when they accept the big story of Scripture (Creation, Fall, Redemption) regarding the reality of their condition before God. Only then will that value be personally adopted.
Example of how the inductive method can make this passage understandable and practical in terms of a biblical worldview:
- Observe (identify the belief/value): This step involves asking your children (at different age-appropriate levels) to mark or point out the word pictures and phrases that describe or show repentance.
- Interpret (understand and give significance to the belief/value based on the reality of the big story): This step involves asking your children to explain the word pictures that describe genuine repentance. Why is genuine repentance important to God?
- Apply (put the belief/value into practice): This step involves asking your children how the teachings on repentance relate to their own lives. Are there any parallels in their own lives that compare to the examples described in the passage?
Why the Order of the Inductive Method Is Important
Observing what God’s Word says and interpreting what it means must precede the application of its morals to life. If the process is reversed (beginning with application, skipping careful observation and interpretation), then Scripture gets twisted to fit into a preconceived human system of morals. Or the real significance—of relating properly to God in accordance with the larger reality of the world—gets lost.
The controversies surrounding the 2016 presidential election have at times made me want to shut politics out of my life until the election is over. But each time, I decide against that because I know how important it is. As Christians, we can’t hide from the issues since many directly impact us. It’s our responsibility to make sure that both we and our children are well informed and ready to cast our votes now and in the future. There is no better time than an election year to be teaching children what the political process of our nation involves and how to evaluate the issues and candidates from the perspective of a biblical worldview.
Our Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption textbook (pages 239–40) says it well:
God laid the foundation for government as He laid the foundation of the earth. Government has been part of God’s good and glorious plan from the beginning. . . . Governments have power from the Highest Power. But governments are made up of fallen people who twist that power in frivolous ways.
Government in itself is not bad and is something that has been planned by God (Romans 13:1). So it’s important for all Christians to understand their nation’s government and participate in it appropriately. However, it’s also true that all governments are made up of fallen individuals, making it equally important for us as Christians to be well informed about what the Bible has to say about the issues and the candidates who take positions on those issues. It’s also our responsibility to make sure our children are prepared to do the same.
I strongly encourage teenagers who are looking forward to voting in this election for the first time to work though Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, and Redemption. It takes the biblical values they have been hearing from you as well as from BJU Press curriculum and applies those values to politics, government, and adult life. It also can help you prepare them to defend their Christian faith against the many challenges they’ll encounter as they transition into college and adult life.
Take a look inside the book here.
A couple of years ago, my family got involved in a weekly children’s Bible club. We started helping because we wanted an opportunity to serve together as a family and to teach our children how to minister to other people. Since then, Bible club has become much more than a Saturday morning ministry opportunity. We have come to love the dozen or so children that hop on the bus to come every week. We bake them treats. We pray for them. We spend time trying to figure out how to teach them more effectively.
All of the children in our Bible club have been raised in poverty. Most of them don’t come from intact families. Few have ever attended a church service. Some of them come because they like seeing their friends. Others come because they sense the club leaders care for them. Some of them come because they like to play games and eat brownies. Whatever the reason, we’re glad whenever they show up.
Shortly after we started this ministry, we noticed that some of the girls who came rarely wanted to participate in the organized game time. In order to better connect with them, we started having a craft time. They love doing crafts, and we’ve found that it’s a great time to teach basic Bible truths and reinforce some of the things my husband is teaching in our Bible lesson time.
This Christmas season, we’re decorating small Christmas trees with a dozen ornaments centered around one theme—the names of Christ. It is our hope that this craft will not only help them understand who Jesus Christ is but that they’ll be able to use it to tell their families about Christ.
You can use this craft in your own ministry setting or even with your own children. Make one ornament every day or make several at once—the pacing is really up to you. But before you make each ornament, take the time to read the associated Scripture passage and talk about the significance of the title. The goal is not just to have pretty ornaments; the goal is to better understand our Savior.
Jesus is the Word
John 1: 1–3
- Materials needed: foam craft sheets (black, white, and green), red ribbon, hole punch, scissors, tacky glue
Jesus is the Light of the World
Materials needed: foam craft sheets (black, yellow, orange, red, white), glitter glue, scissors, hole punch, ribbon, tacky glue
Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah
Materials needed: foam craft sheets (yellow, orange), googly eyes, scissors, tacky glue, hole punch, ribbon
Jesus is the Way
Materials needed: foam craft sheets (blue, green, brown), gold glitter glue, cotton balls, scissors, tacky glue
Jesus is the Good Shepherd
Materials needed: pipe cleaners, beads, ribbon
Jesus is the Lamb of God
Materials needed: assortment of white and black buttons, white card stock or craft foam, scissors, string or ribbon, tacky glue
Jesus is the Vine
Materials needed: purple paper, green pipe cleaners, pencil (to curl paper around), scissors, hot glue gun, ribbon, tacky glue
Jesus is the Bread of Life
Materials needed: salt, flour, lukewarm water, wax paper, plastic straw, knife, ribbon
(1) In a medium bowl, mix ½ cup salt, 1 cup flour, and ½ lukewarm water.
(2) Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 3–5 minutes.
(3) Form “French bread” shapes, using a knife to add detail.
(4) Poke a hole in the top using a plastic straw.
(5) Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper (or parchment paper).
(6) Bake at 200 degrees for 2–5 hours, depending on thickness (or you can let them air dry for several days).
Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life
Materials needed: salt, flour, lukewarm water, wax paper, plastic straw, ribbon
(1) Make salt dough (see steps 1 and 2 under for ornament #8).
(2) Shape dough into one large ball and another smaller one.
(3) Place large ball on cookie sheet covered with wax paper, and use thumb to make a “cave” indent.
(4) Place smaller ball off to the side of the “cave.”
(5) Poke a hole in the top using a plastic straw.
(6) Bake at 200 degrees for 2–5 hours, depending on thickness (or you can let them air dry for several days).
Jesus is the King of Kings
Materials needed: empty toilet paper or paper towel tube, scissors, sequins or jewels, tacky glue, ribbon
Jesus is the Alpha and Omega
Materials needed: craft popsicle sticks, paint, paintbrushes, foam craft sheets (any color ), sticker letters, hot glue gun, ribbon
Jesus is the Savior
1 John 4:14; Matthew 1:21; Luke 2:11
Materials needed: applesauce, cinnamon (4 oz. container), plastic wrap, rolling pin, cross-shaped cookie cutter, wax paper, plastic straw, ribbon
(1) Mix 1/3 cup applesauce with container of cinnamon.
(2) Roll out dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap until ¼ inch thick.
(3) Remove top sheet of plastic wrap.
(4) Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
(5) Peel shapes away from bottom layer of plastic wrap and place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
(6) Poke a hole in the top using a plastic straw.
(7) Bake at 250 degrees for 1–3 hours, depending on thickness.
May you find comfort in all that Jesus is this Christmas!
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