Blessings to you!
Bible class overview Feb. 25th through March 1st:
6th grade – We are continuing in Unit 3 which focuses on the events in Jesus’ life from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the Last Supper on the night before His death. Events we have covered include the meaning behind the cursing of the fig tree, his discussion of the last days and his debates with the Pharisees.
7th grade – We continue to study prayer. This last week we had class assignments and discussion about the purpose and importance of prayer as well as how fasting also contributes to our prayer life.
8th grade – We continue to study/discuss the importance of practicing spiritual disciplines. So far we have covered the importance of faith, God’s Word, prayer and resisting idolatry in our current culture. This last week we also spend time discussing the challenges and rewards of sharing our faith with others. In future lessons we will cover spending time in quietness and solitude with God, renewing of the mind, persevering in walking with Christ, the importance of the family of God and how we should live in light of the return of Jesus one day.
For all grades: We continue to take time each week to pray DAILY in class for one student. I feel this has been a great way for the students to both share needs as well as help to establish a habit of prayer that goes beyond our own needs to include others. We also are taking time to not only memorize the weekly bible verses but to understand and apply them to our lives.
As we begin to move toward Easter, I am teaching the students from a curriculum entitled, “Cold-Case Christianity.” The title is taken from the author of the curriculum (J. Warner Wallace), who is a police detective and was also an atheist. He was challenged to consider the claims of Jesus’ resurrection based on the same criteria he used for his investigations in solving crimes. We will be spending time over the next six weeks leading up to Easter examining the evidence for belief in the resurrection of Jesus. It’s pretty cool stuff!
Lastly, I want to take a moment to brag about the students and their Scripture memorization. This last Tuesday they took their bible verse quiz on Psalm 19 – the entire chapter (that’s 14 verses)! The average score for all grades (6th-8th) was 95%!! THAT IS AWESOME!! I am so proud of the hard work they put in to memorizing God’s Word. God promises that He will not allow His Word to return empty (Isaiah 55:11). What an incredible achievement for them academically but beyond that, for what they have gained that will last way beyond a letter grade on a quiz.
We will now be turning our attention to memorizing Colossians 1:15-20 which speaks to the supremacy of Christ.
This week’s memory verse (Quiz on Tuesday, March 5th):
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.