Sunday, February 8, 2009

Bible Study during the School Year

General Overview of the method:
Teaching the Bible throughout the school year is a basic way of teaching the Bible in a nine month series based on the Church seasons. You break the Bible study into five parts. These five parts are titled All-Saints, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent and Easter/Pentecost. It is supposed to be a celebration of each Church season. Each season has a certain theme that is to be taught. All-Saints concentrates on what it means to be fully human. Christmas is about Jesus. It encompasses advent and Jesus’ birth. It also focuses on God’s light throughout the Bible. Epiphany focuses on how the world responds to God’s light and Jesus. Lent should study the darker side of human nature. Easter/Pentecost is a time when we learn that no matter what we do God will always care for us and bring us out of bad times. With that we are brought back to sainthood.

Age Level:
This is a good outline for any age group. It is a basic way of having Bible study and allows you to add a number of the other methods to it to teach any of these topics. I think that this isn’t really an age based thing but a basic outline for when to teach what lesson and it’s a good way to help students see the changes in church seasons.

Specific Materials/Supplies/Handouts Required:
o An understanding of the church seasons
o Preparation
o Methods of how to tech since this is a way to plan what to teach

Step by step instructions for the model:
You should take this model to plan your bible studies. It isn’t an actual way of teaching but a way to plan what to teach. You should use this to help you outline what you are going to teach during the year. It is a good foundation.
Evaluation of the model (strengths/weaknesses):
It is a good model of when and what themes to teach during the school year. It is only nine months long so you have to find something else to do during the summer. It is a good foundation and outline for your study. It teaches your students the church traditions and history and it deals with all major themes of the Bible.

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