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are not taking their role as the primary discipler of their children. This could mean one of two things: 1. Parents have not developed a heart and passion for discipling their children. 2. Parents lack the resources and Biblical knowledge to adequately disciple their Son or Daughter. Solution: We as the church can inform and teach parents about their God-given role, but we cannot give them the desire to fulﬁll that role. What we can do is give our parents a resource that is a simple and clear way for them to teach their children about the truths of God and Scripture. Developmental Approach: Middle Schoolers are beginning the process of taking ownership of their faith. They are also growing in their ability to make connections between different concepts and events. If the Bible is going to have an everlasting impact on our students, they must be able to see how the Bible ﬁts together. Our goal is for middle school students to know the story (plot) of Scripture as well as what each plot point reveals about God, humanity and the Gospel. Practical Approach: This ﬂashcard-style format allows parents a few beneﬁts: 1. Simplicity - Simple concepts and clear application points help parents to communicate the key concepts without getting bogged down in details. 2. Parents donʼt need to be “experts” - A parent can pick up a card and look it over for a few minutes and be prepared to lead a discussion. 3. Disciple parents as you disciple children - Because parents and their children are going through them together, parents get the beneﬁt of learning basic Biblical and Theological truths along with their children. 4. Time - Each “Plot Point” is designed for a 15-20 minute time period, easily ﬁtting into a busy family schedule. 5. Fostering spiritual conversations between parents and children - The biggest beneﬁt is creating space for parents and their children to talk about God. We want parents and their children to make spiritual conversations a natural and common part of their lives that carry on throughout their lifetime.
This is where we introduce the theme or character and explain the signiﬁcance.Jesus says.Parents or Leader Catechism for Middle School Students Have you ever wondered about how the Bible ﬁts together? Do you have a hard time knowing what the Bible is about and explaining it to other people? Do you get lost in the names. 5. 6.The Bible not only reveals the character and nature of God. Bible Passages . Wait to move on to the next weekʼs section until your student fully comprehends what you are discussing. 6. Where is Jesus? . Without a basic understanding of how the Bible is put together itʼs hard to know what individual passages mean. Here we explore truths about our humanity in light of Godʼs revelation of Himself.This is where we get practical. your son or daughter will start to see the connections of these major parts of Scripture. By going in sequential order. places and dates of the Bible and fail to see the relevance to your everyday life? Weʼve put this resource together as a way of organizing your knowledge of the Bible. The great thing is that you can go right along with your student. What does God reveal about himself through this section? . 2. Remain faithful. . 2. this will be used on a weekly basis. 4.” What He saying is that every page of Scripture points to the amazing person of Christ. So. Big Theme / Character . Make the connection between sections.This is where we explore our important beliefs about who God is based on these sections. Pray for your student and for your time together. 1. by showing how one section ﬁts with previous/later sections 3. it also speaks volumes about the nature and heart of humanity. 5. how should we live our lives? Keyʼs to success 1. Each week is broken down into parts. Each week you will introduce a major section/character of Scripture and talk about how it relates to other sections. I AM. then go through a second time with your middle schooler as the teacher. What do we learn about ourselves? . What is our response? . you can learn together. even if you are not conﬁdent in your own knowledge. 3.This is where we show what parts of the Bible are included in this section as well as key verses. We want to give you an understandable resource so that you can pass on the basic knowledge of the Bible to a middle school student. Please read the representative passage together to introduce the discussion. How to use this resource? Likely. Based on what God has said about Himself. Use this as discussion based learning. “Before Abraham was. The key to making this a success is to ﬁnish what you start. Go through this once as the teacher. Hereʼs where we point to Jesusʼ ﬁngerprints in all of Scripture. 4.
your house. creative and personal God. Jesus also restores us to be full image bearers. Whereas all humans fail at their God given calling. How are you spreading Godʼs glory and fame to those around you? 3. not distant. How are you being a good caretaker of the world around you (earth. as Creator.Jesus is the “Word” by which all things were created. but as the deliberate result of a loving.)? 2. He alone is the source of all life.Genesis 1-2 (Read Genesis 2:15-25 together) What we learn about God . not us who is Sovereign (in control) of all things.. He is a powerful. but rather an involved God who rules over creation. God is not some impersonal force. he is intimately involved. As Creator.It is God. Later. Where Jesus is in all this . Each and every person carries His image and as such deserves love.Creation Signiﬁcance . He is worshipped above all things. Jesus is the truly faithful representative of the Father here on earth. Practical applications 1.. respect and dignity. Also. Do you treat every person as if they were truly Godʼs image bearers? . your room. he would come to earth as fully God and fully man.As Godʼs image bearers God wants us to be His representative on earth. your school.The Bible explains the origins of our existence. What we learn about ourselves . not out of some cosmic coincidence. We are given responsibility to be caretakers of Godʼs creation and to spread His glory all over the earth. from His creation. Bible Passages . creative God.
Where do you see the result of sin in your life? 2. That promised person is none other than Jesus.Immediately after the fall.It doesnʼt take long for Adam and Eve to rebel against Godʼs limits. Where Jesus is in all this . . as a consequence of our sin (rebellion) death and pain are brought into the world.Genesis 3 (Read Genesis 3 together) What we learn about God . As a consequence to our sin. When do you have a hard time trusting God at His word? Search the Bible for three promises on why you can trust Godʼs Word. We donʼt trust that God is good and wants what is best for us. When do you notice a broken relationship between you and God? 3. God cannot and will not tolerate any attempt to be replaced as the One over all creation.We have all inherited a desire to rebel against Godʼs control in our lives.Fall Signiﬁcance . We also think we can run our lives better than God can. When are times when you want to rebel against Godʼs ways? What usually happens as a result? 4. Practical applications 1. They listen to the serpent and fail to trust Godʼs goodness. the relationship between God and man is broken. but His limits are not arbitrary. 3:15). humanity has fallen prey to the desire to replace God with themselves and disaster follows. Jesus will save us from death and restore a right relationship between God and humanity. Also. God promises a descendant of Eve who will crush the Serpent (Gen.God is not to be toyed with! His holiness (perfection) demands that we obey Him perfectly. Bible Passages . He is a good God who knows what is best for His creation. What we learn about ourselves . As a perfectly obedient human who is also fully God. Ultimately.
After Godʼs judgment. No one can escape it. The ﬂood should be a scary reminder that God has the power to enact judgment over all sin and is completely justiﬁed to do so. except that God intervenes and leads Noah and his family out of judgment. Godʼs judgment is great because the depth and weight of sin is great.The Flood Signiﬁcance . This other way allows for Godʼs justice to be displayed and yet humanity to be spared. Bible Passages . In the ﬂood we learn that humanity cannot escape the problem of our sin (even “righteous” Noah is not sinless see Gen. 9). Where Jesus is in all this . Here we have a picture of salvation in the midst of Godʼs judgment.God is just and His judgment is great. Has God ever asked you to do something that seemed difﬁcult like Noah was asked to do? How can you be faithful to God when He asks you do something big for Him.Genesis 6-9 (Read Genesis 6 together) What we learn about God .The ﬂood reminds us of how widespread sin is. Practical applications 1. Are you grateful for the escape from judgment that God has given us in Christ? 3. This points to another way. .Humans have multiplied and sin has multiplied right along with them. What we learn about ourselves . Christ takes the punishment of our sin and we are given escape like Noah did. Do you really believe that our sin offends God so much? 2. We are left wondering what is so serious about our sin that it demands such a harsh response from God. God promises to never judge the world through a ﬂood.
could be a blessing to the whole world. His descendants became the people that Godʼs chosen One (Messiah) would be born into. Though they would often forget God and go their own ways.God told Abraham that his descendants would be blessed so that they. God wants His people to take the blessings they receive and bless the world around them. God never gave up on them. Where Jesus is in all this .God is faithful. He always corrected them and restored them. the people of God lose sight of how great and good God is. but proves how amazing He is and worthy of our devotion and love. Practical applications 1. just like He provided for the Israelites in the desert? 2. . God knew that it was by His strength and commitment that the promise would be fulﬁlled. Where do you see Godʼs faithfulness in your life? Do you always trust Him to be faithful to you? 3. in turn. 15 (Read Genesis 12:1-9 together) What we learn about God . the Jewish people. At the core of who we are.Promise to Abraham Signiﬁcance .God asked Abraham to sacriﬁce his son Isaac to demonstrate his love for God.God chose Abraham and his descendants as the family through whom He would bless and save the world. even when we are not. God DOES sacriﬁce His son to show us that He truly loves us. Godʼs faithfulness (loyal love) is bafﬂing sometimes. but God never gave up on them. This promise was not a two-way commitment.Genesis 12. What are the false gods that people around you serve other than God? What are the false gods you are likely to serve? Ask God to help you trust Him and Him alone. Thank God for His daily provision in your life. The Jews had this chosen identity to keep them focused on God. From the beginning. Abraham became the “Father of a Nation”. Time and time again. What we learn about ourselves . Bible Passages .
who leads us out of slavery to sin and into a new life and identity. but stays with them through the journey.Even though they were miraculously redeemed and rescued. It is during this time that God gives Israel The Law and Commandments. supposed to live differently (set apart) from the people around you? . When they cry out to God.. God allows them to wander in the desert to discipline them and create a unique national identity.) in your life? 2. He daily provides for the needs of His people and offers grace when people stray from Him.Moses/Exodus Signiﬁcance . As a rescued and redeemed people.The sacriﬁcial system foreshadows Christʼs ultimate sacriﬁce for the sins of the world. As God listened to the cry of His people.Exodus .Godʼs chosen people are taken into Egypt and allowed to become slaves. He listens and sends Moses to rescue them from slavery. He gives them the Law so they are to set apart (Holy) from the rest of the nations around them. Jesus is the perfect Moses. Where Jesus is in all this . not tested. He never abandons them in the desert. Do you thank God regularly for His daily provision (food. the church is also called to be Holy (Set Apart) from the rest of the world and live with Godʼs leadership (Lordship) as ﬁrst importance. On their way to the promised land. As a result. Israel fails to trust Godʼs protection and provision. What we learn about ourselves . God listens and rescues (redeems) His people from slavery.As a caring Father. God is to be trusted. Bible Passages . We are like them when we fail to trust Godʼs daily care and provision for our lives. How are you. Jesus is the true lamb of God who is stricken down for our rebellion against God. do you care for the tangible needs for those around you? 3. as a Christian. Practical applications 1. shelter. the Israelites people fail to be faithful to God. but strongly leads His people through a time of discipline in the desert..Deuteronomy (Read Exodus 3 together) What we learn about God . their rescuer and provider. relationships. He also tenderly. Also.
Israel looked around and saw the other nations with their kings. however. Their ﬁrst choice was Saul. Do you have an attitude of confession in your life? Who can you be real with as you struggle with your sin? . Bible Passages . This forces us to look for someone from among Davidʼs descendants who would be a perfect King who would reign forever. What we learn about ourselves . We could ask.Once settled in the promised land. God.2 Samuel 24 (Read 2 Samuel 7:1-13 together) What we learn about God .David. still faced his own sinfulness. even though he was a man after Godʼs own heart and loved Him dearly. David was called a “man after Godʼs own heart” because he understood how much he needed God and worshipped God for His goodness. On the other hand we also learn that God allows His people to go through suffering. David was rejected by his family and his subjects and was a hunted man. He conquered kings and wrote some of the best poetry in the Bible (Psalms).. David was a spiritual and military leader and did many great things for God. chose David who wasnʼt much to look at. Jesus is that perfect King who God the Father said who would come. Jesus is that long awaited Messiah! Practical applications 1.1 Samuel 15 . They were jealous and wanted a king for themselves. The story of David reveals Godʼs grace even before Christ. but ultimately confessed his sin and relied on Godʼs grace. but also allows David to go through testing and discipline. David. God told us that one of Davidʼs descendants would become King and remain a perfect King forever. however. but yet God used David to lead Israel. David spent many years on the run from Saul.Jesus is the true King that we are all waiting for. God forgives.God is not concerned with the outward appearance.. How much are you a person after Godʼs own heart? 2. but rather chose David because David was a humble worshipper. “Why didnʼt God deliver David?” The answer is that God did love and protect David. It was this humility that made David great. but he was “a man after Godʼs own heart.” King David is the continuation of the Messianic line. David failed morally.). David was an imperfect King. God restores and God spares David from the punishment he deserves. still had his shortcomings (adultery. We often look to David as an example of faith and courage. murder. but what David did best was acknowledge his unworthiness before God. No one is free from the slavery of sin. How can you trust God in the midst of trials and struggles? 3. but He still offers His goodness. Where Jesus is in all this . who looked and acted the part.King David Signiﬁcance . who was pursuing him. even the best and most noble of us. David was far from perfect.
Jonah. The kings of Israel remind us that our hope cannot be in human will or power. God is portrayed as husband to an unfaithful bride (Israel). yet He is jealous for the faithfulness of His people. 3. Isaiah.. power and happiness. God lovingly and sternly works to purify His people through discipline. we are likely to be lured away from Him. God sent prophet after prophet who preached Godʼs message of repentance and faithfulness. What we learn about ourselves . like build the temple. Ultimately because of persistent unfaithfulness. the northern tribes (all but Judah and Benjamin) leave and become a new nation (often called the Northern Kingdom or Israel). God allowed Assyria to fully conquer the Northern Kingdom in 722 B.Given the choice between the one true God and other gods.C. Practical applications 1. They trust and serve the foreign gods of their neighbors. Amos. Solomonʼs son. Israel forgot all that God had done for them. Solomon. What are the great things God has done for you? How will you remember these things so you wonʼt lose sight of Godʼs faithfulness in your life? . followed in his footsteps. Hosea (Read 1 Kings 9:1-9 Together) What we learn about God . God gave His people repeated warnings. God patiently sticks to His promises. Where Jesus is in all this .C. what false gods (idols) are you prone to trust for your signiﬁcance. extended the kingdom and did many great things.1 & 2 Kings. Just as Israel was lured away by false gods. but only in God. The problem: he was harsh to many of the tribes of Israel and taxed the people heavily to support the building of the Temple and other public works. What things pull your attention away from God? How are these things a threat to you being faithful to God. stability. As a result. security and love? 2. In 930 B. We are willing to sell ourselves as slaves to gods that want to destroy us because we think they will give us protection. What we see is a series of kings from both kingdoms who completely disregard the worship of God and His law.Repeated failure from the kings of Israel reminds us to look for the perfect King who will bring justice and peace to the world.Despite repeated unfaithfulness. He is completely unselﬁsh and sacriﬁces Himself for us (His Bride). Bible Passages .The Divided Kingdoms Signiﬁcance . He will not stand for anything short of complete loyalty. who can lead us to a just nation. 2 Chronicles. Jereboam.Davidʼs son.
The foreign invasions and exiles give Israel a deeper longing for deliverance from a Messiah. They were given plenty of chances to return to Him.After repeated warnings. Later Greece and Rome would also occupy the promised land. God is sovereign over all the world and human history. Ezekiel. God shows Israel the seriousness of their sin by allowing foreign nations to invade Israel and to take them from the promised land. and ﬁnally Persia. Even though they were warned that discipline was coming. Jeremiah. A big part of Israelʼs sin was how they didnʼt care for the needs of the poor and outsiders. Who are the poor and outsiders in your life? How are you serving them and loving them? . Bible Passages . Daniel. They show a lack of love for God by not loving their neighbors. then Babylon. Godʼs discipline doesnʼt mean that He doesnʼt love us.Donʼt think that Godʼs love is absent of discipline. Where Jesus is in all this . First it was Assyria. He loves us deeply. they remained obstinately opposed to trusting God.Isaiah. Practical applications 1. The prophets talk constantly about how the Jews lost sight of caring for the poor and outsiders among them. Only Jesus could be the fulﬁllment of that longing for God to be their king and deliverer.The Exiles Signiﬁcance . What we learn about ourselves . God therefore allowed them to experience the consequences of their sin. too much to leave us in our rebellion and sin. These empires served to discipline Israel and to bring them back to faithfulness. When has God allowed you to be disciplined? In what ways does God discipline His Children? 2. They are looking for rescue from God to bring the people of God back to wholeness and peace. the other minor prophets (Read Jeremiah 31:31-37 Together) What we learn about God .The Israelites are looking everywhere but to God for safety and security. We also learn that God is willing to use even unbelieving nations and leaders to achieve His purposes. but refused.
Jesus showed us how to completely live a God-honoring life. be the willing and unblemished payment for our sins. Death and Resurrection Signiﬁcance . Christ did what no sinful person could do. Being fully God and fully man. death. the long awaited Messiah had come. What we learn about ourselves . God enters history to rescue us from our sins.Life. Have you trusted Christʼs sacriﬁce as the only way to take your sins away and restore a right relationship with God? 2. death and resurrection should be the very source of life and inspiration for us as we give our very lives to God. Jesusʼ life. Mark. Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6). that He would sacriﬁce His only son for us.Matthew. Practical applications 1. What are ways in which you need help to make you more Christ-like? . Because he was resurrected. Luke and John (Read Luke 24:13-35 Together) What we learn about God .At just the right time. Instead of waiting for us. God makes the ﬁrst move toward us.The incarnation (God becoming man) proves that God is willing to do what it takes to rescue humanity from sin. the curse of death no longer has itʼs hold on humanity. and resurrection a daily source of inspiration and joy in your life? 3. At last. What was hoped for throughout all of the Old Testament was completely fulﬁlled in Jesus Christ. Is Jesusʼ life. We also learn the amount of love God has for us. Jesus is the perfect substitute who willingly lays down His life to take our punishment.The seriousness of our sin demands a perfect sacriﬁce. Bible Passages . In His death.Jesus .
Bible Passages . Where Jesus is in all this . and encourage one another to live the Christ-life. to be witnesses for Him in the midst of persecution.The Early Church Signiﬁcance . He dwells in us wherever we go. Are you a faithful part of Godʼs local and global church? 2. God is not just with us.Acts and Letters (Read Ephesians 3 Together) What we learn about God . Everything a Christian does is shaped by who Jesus is and what He has done from us. learn. Jesusʼ followers take the Good News throughout the known world and create a new people of God (both Jews and non-Jews) who are supposed to live like Christ wherever they go. All are welcome to come and lay down their lives for Christ.God fulﬁlls His promise to bless the world through His disciples. Are you sharing the Good News of Jesus to the people you come across in your life? How would you tell that story to someone else? . the church.The Holy Spirit enables believers to speak the truth in love. If you say you love Jesus. and to provide wisdom for the gatherings of believers (the local church). How is God using other people to sharpen and strengthen you so you can become more like Christ? 3. They are not uniﬁed by a set of external identiﬁcations (circumcision). worship. Empowered by the Holy Spirit.The story of Jesus becomes the story that Christians from all times and places orient their lives to. What we learn about ourselves . Practical applications 1. to love one another sacriﬁcially. Though we are still sinners.People of all nations are gathered together to be the true nation of God. The goal is for us to move closer to being fully devoted followers of Christ (sanctiﬁcation). Regularly. we gather to celebrate. you must love and be devoted to His bride. serve. but by a faith in Christ. we are given a taste of what our future restoration will be like.
Bible Passages . The Gospels (Read Revelation 21-22 Together) What we learn about God . Death. suffering and death? . Practical applications 1. God is also faithful to His promises to the Israelites. They will come to faith in Christ and receive their inheritance of the promised land. pain and evil will be completely abolished.The Full Restoration Signiﬁcance .In what ways are you adding to this restoration? 2.God is patient as He waits for the right time to come back... He is the only hope for any taste of peace and fulﬁllment.As Jesus was heading toward His death. Where Jesus is in all this . We wait in joyful expectation for that day! He will fulﬁll His promises to the Jewish people by bringing many to faith and giving them their place in the promised land. God is powerful as He is able to fully set-up a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. We should wait in anxious anticipation for this full restoration. Do you daily pray for Christ to come back and complete the restoration. and Holy Spirit). Son.Revelation 1-22. Through Godʼs power we will be completely re-created (both body and soul) to be fully complete in Christ. What we learn about ourselves . Do you view your present struggles and sufferings in light of our future salvation from pain. Is the worship of God an attitude you cultivate in your life? 3. He will judge all people and set up an eternal (forever) Kingdom that will ﬁlled with justice. goodness.All creation is waiting for Jesusʼ Kingdom. he comforted His disciples with the reality that one day He would come establish His kingdom for good. God will return to earth and completely get rid of all evil in this world.Our present sufferings and shortcomings are not what awaits us in the future. joy and true worship. Only God can accomplish this. Our hope as Christians is that one day. Daniel. What awaits us is complete worship of a Trinitarian God (Father.
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