The Bible curriculum for the sixth and seventh grade is designed by Summit Ministries. In sixth grade, the students will study A World of Worldviews
. It introduces students to the essential components of all worldviews, laying the groundwork for the grade 7 curriculum. The seventh grade will walk through Lightbearers,
a study which covers many of life's "big questions," comparing the Christian Worldview to other humanistic worldviews of our day. Students will learn how to apply their Christian faith to every area of life: theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, sociology, psychology, law, politics, economics and history. The eighth grade will study Old Testament survey in the first semester and New Testament survey in the second semester, giving the students a better understanding of God's Word. The Bible is a book of world history, yet God's Words impact our personal lives daily, transforming us by the renewing of our minds.
This week we will be looking at the life of the prophet Samuel. We will study his call and begin to see his ministry to the first king of Israel.
There will be a Unit Test on Friday the 16th over lessons 11-13.
With student led conferences in the rear view mirror we can get back to our survey of the Old Testament. This week we will finish our discussion of Judges looking at the cycle that Israel goes thru throughout the book. We will also begin looking at the book of Ruth.
In Lesson 18 we're learning about the foundation of the Islamic worldview--the Qur'an. Some of the essential questions we will be answering are the following:
What is the Qur'an?
Where and when was the Qur'an revealed to Muhammad?
How and when did the Qur'an become a book?
Is the Qur'an a perfect book without "crookedness" or contradictions?
Is the Qur'an in harmony with the Bible?
The sixth graders will continue to prepare for student-led conferences by creating folders with data to show their parents. Conferences are Thursday and Friday, Nov. 1st and 2nd.
The next Bible memory verse is due on Wednesday, Oct. 31. We are working on Romans 5:6-8:
"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
This week the Bible 6 students have been working on goal setting. We spent time discussing what makes a well-written goal. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. We will be self-assessing and making SMART goals in preparation for our student-led conferences.
We also spent time reviewing our memory verse, Hebrews 1:1-2. The quiz is Wednesday.
We will finish up discussing Numbers and begin looking at Deuteronomy and Joshua this week. Students will understand the importance of having a remembrance for what God has done and His word. They will also become familiar with Joshua as he succeeds Moses as the leader of the Israelites.
There will be a unit test over lessons 6-10 on Friday the 19th.
The sixth grade Bible students will be testing over lesson 17 on Tuesday. They were given their study guides on Friday, we'll go over the answers on Monday, and then play a review game.
The next chapter in our worldview study is "A Book with No Crookedness." This chapter will explain the Islamic view of their book of truth and the history behind it's making. The Muslims have many rules for the way the Qu'ran is to be treated including placing it on a shelf above all other books, washing hands before touching it, and kissing it three times before opening it.
Our next memory verse, due October 17, is Hebrews 1:1-2:
"In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in many ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son...."
Lesson 17 answers the many essential questions including: Who was Muhammad? How did he become the founder of Islam? What basic message did he preach? How quickly did Islam grow? How did it spread around the world? How far did it spread? What does Islam look like in the world today? Your students will know the answers to all of those questions as we study the theistic religion, Islam. We will test early next week. Our scripture memory verse due Wednesday, 10/3, is I Peter 3:15-16: "....if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way." This verse explains that Christians are to speak to non-Christians with the love of Christ. Over 1/4 of the world's population follows Islam. We have many opportunities to share our faith!
We will finish looking at the exodus this week. We will also look at the Israelites time in the the desert. Finally we will begin to look at the book of Leviticus.
There will be a quiz on Friday over the Ten Plagues and their significance.
In Bible 6 we are completing our study of Lesson 16. This week, the students will be evaluated on I Peter 1:14-16 on Wednesday. On Thursday, they will have a test covering Lesson 16 material. A study guide is provided.
A great question is asked in Monday's lesson: What is my responsibility to God's Moral Laws? First, God has given each of us a conscience with which to keep us responsible for our actions. He has also provided us with His Word. However, if we don't read His Word consistently, we will have more trouble discerning the wisdom from God's Word. Do I use God's Word as a lamp to my feet and a light to my path? (Ps. 119:105)