EDUCATION – BIBLE CLASSES PLAN
As Christians, we do our best to follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. After God raised Him from the dead, Jesus told His disciples that they should spread the good news of salvation throughout the world. In addition, Jesus told His followers to teach everyone how to become disciples and how to live as children of God.
Eternal Life Studies is what we call our classes Cradle Roll through Adults. The Eternal Life Studies enhancements are designed to equip, enable and empower each student to be a strong spiritual servant for God via a Christ-like life with the Bible as the only foundation. The objective of Eternal Life Studies from Cradle Roll through Adults is to understand God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. You and every member of your family should know how God relates to creation, faith, the Gospel, the Church, His revealed plan for salvation, church worship/organization, living a Christian life, and love. Knowing the who, where, when, why and how for the key subjects of God’s Word will help each of us grow closer to God in our everyday life. We hope you will engage in Eternal Life Studies from teaching, prayers for its success and as a student to spiritually grow deeper in God’s Word.
Bible Class Times – Sunday 9:00am & Wednesday 7:00pm following a devotional in the Auditorium
CRADLE ROLL – 4TH GRADE
As part of the Eternal Life Studies, the Cradle Roll thru program is called Children of God & The Christ Studies. The Children of God & The Christ Studies will focus on the core foundations of God’s Love and Jesus through Bible stories from the Old and New Testament. The goal is to study in a chronological approach the Old and New Testament at least twice from the time a young child enters Cradle Roll until the completion of the 4th grade. Within these age groups, the curriculum will help each student “Learn” the core foundations of God’s Word. Here is what we want to provide for your child or grandchild at this stage of his/her life: assuming your child begins Cradle Roll class at 1 month of age, there is potential that he/she could have over 230 classes in Old Testament studies and 180 more classes in New Testament studies by the time he/she completes the 4th grade. Wow! Going through the Bible twice as their learning ability matures is exciting! The foundation will help prepare them for the next studies in the 5th and 6th grade.
5TH AND 6TH GRADE
As part of the Eternal Life Studies, the 5th and 6th grades are called “Faith Studies.” The Faith Studies will focus on doing something with their faith from what they learned in the core foundations of the Old Testament and New Testament via The Children of God & The Christ Studies. The goal is for students to fully understand who God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit really are and what God has revealed through the Scriptures concerning them. From this understanding, students should begin to “own” their faith, consider strongly becoming a Christian, and begin living the Christian life. Students will be better able to define their faith through the evidence discussed. The Faith Studies will enable and equip each student’s foundation in The Bible, to own their Faith, and prepare each for the next studies in 7th through 12th Grade.
7TH – 12TH GRADE
As part of the Eternal Life Studies, the 7th through 12th grades are called “Fides Immortalis” (Latin) meaning “Faith Eternal Studies.” Fides Immortalis is meant to focus on a phase of development in a young person’s life where “application” or “true ownership” of their faith introduced in the “Children of God and The Christ Studies” and “Faith Studies” will be made strong. The goal of “true ownership” will be enabled by encouraging the student to choose classes they want to attend based on subject (i.e. – Spiritual topics, Bible subjects, Bible books, etc) and providing teachers who are “experts” in the subjects. This approach will challenge teens toward deeper studies at home, being encouraged to share their faith with others, and ensuring they “want” to apply their faith for God. Rather than forcing them into classes because of their age or gender, choosing their own classes is more age appropriate in view of their maturity in life. Ownership and command of subjects by the teachers will allow a strong engagement with students who are “wanting” to grow and apply the Bible in their life. In the end, the students coming out of The Eternal Life Studies curriculum will be equipped, enabled and empowered as a strong servant for God, understanding His Love for all and to live a Christ-like life.
As part of the Eternal Life Studies, the adults are called “Faithful Servant Studies.” The Faithful Servant Studies are designed to be a supplement to personal Bible Study. A variety of classes are offered to increase Bible knowledge, promote spiritual growth, equip and enable adults to be evangelistic and mission minded. Whether one is not a Christian and wants to learn how to become a faithful servant or is a maturing Christian trying to live out a faithful life, various class subjects are offered for everyone. To have a healthy relationship with God, each person needs to know Him and what He wants for and from them. Every adult is encouraged to think and pray about which class might be most helpful in living out a faithful servant life.
To keep teacher information up to date, please print, complete and return the appropriate forms to one of our Education deacons. Contact one of the Education deacons directly for a Background Check Envelope and then follow the instructions.
Cradle Roll – 3rd Grade
4th – 6th Grade
TODD NEWMAN, ELDER