Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Syllabus Overview


Year 7 The Gospel Of John


Introduction to John

• To reveal the unique characteristics of the Gospel

• To compare John with other Gospels


John’s purpose for his Gospel

• To analyze the objectives of the author

• To explain the importance of the Passover feast


Geography and political situation of 1st century Israel

• To paint a picture of the world in which Christ ministered


Meaning and implications of the preexistence of Christ (1:1–13)

• To highlight the importance of theology to our faith

• To reveal Christ as God


Meaning and importance of Christ’s incarnation (1:14–18)

• To highlight the importance of theology to our faith

• To highlight God’s grace


Ministry of John the Baptist(1:15–51)

• To show the response of the Jewish religious leaders

• To show John’s humility


Selection of Christ’s disciples(1:35–51)

• To see Christ’s love for souls

• To understand how different people respond to the gospel


Changing the water to wine(2:1–11)

• To show how Christ’s first miracle reveals who He is

• To show how God uses people to accomplish His purposes


Cleansing of the Temple (2:12–25)

• To understand the dangers of empty religion

• To reveal Christ’s authority


Meeting with Nicodemus (3:1–21)

• To explain the meaning of the new birth


Confronting the woman at the well (4:1–42)

• To show Christ’s plan to meet the woman

• To reveal Christ’s compassion for those who were not Jews

• To reveal Christ’s deity


Ministering in Samaria and Cana (4:31–54)

• To show the blessings of faith in Christ

• To establish spiritual priorities


Healing at the Pool of Bethesda (5:1–18)

• To show Christ’s authority as Lord of the Sabbath

• To reveal Christ’s grace and mercy


Proving Christ’s deity (5:17–47)

• To explain the witnesses to and proofs of Christ’s deity

• To show that faith saves, not knowledge


Miracles in Galilee (6:1–21)

• To show men’s motives

• To show Christ’s omnipotence and sovereignty


Christ as the Bread of Life(6:22–32)

• To show that eternal life is a gift from God

• To show that good works cannot save

• To show that Christ is sufficient to meet our needs


Christ as the Bread of Life(6:32–71)

• To show that Christ knows men’s hearts and motives

• To reveal the motives that cause people to reject Christ


Christ at the Feast of Tabernacles (7:1–31)

• To prove that Christ claimed to be the Messiah

• To reveal the plans behind Christ’s purposes


Contrasting responses to Christ (7:32–53)

• To explain how Christ intended to divide people


Pharisees test Jesus (7:53–8:59)

• To prove that Christ claimed to be God

• To reveal the ignorance of those who are blinded spiritually


Christ restores sight to a man born blind (9:1–41)

• To illustrate Christ’s compassion

• To demonstrate God’s providence

• To show God’s desire to glorify Himself


Christ as the Good Shepherd(9:39–10:21)

• To explain the spiritual truth behind the shepherd metaphor

• To show how other religions are false doors


Christ’s message at the Feast of Dedication (10:22–39)

• To reveal Christ’s credentials

• To examine false doctrine about Christ


Christ ministers in Perea and Bethany (10:40–11:46)

• To show how God is the source of all spiritual fruit

• To demonstrate that God has purposes we do not always understand


The triumphal entry(11:45–12:1, 9–19)

• To show how Christ’s triumphal entry points to his kingship

• To show the fickleness of mankind


Christ’s meeting with the Greeks (12:20–50)

• To explain the reason Christ had to die

• To show people’s faithless responses to Christ


Conflicts with the Pharisees(12:2–8; passages in the synoptics)

• To demonstrate Christ’s wisdom in confounding the Pharisees

• To contrast Mary’s loving worship with Judas’ selfish hypocrisy


The last supper (13:1–38)

• To reveal Christ’s humility

• To show the disciples’ ignorance and instability


Christ’s last words and promises (14:1–31)

• To show what great things God can accomplish through us

• To explain the ministry of the Holy Spirit

• To contrast the world’s peace with that which Christ offers


The lesson of the vine and the branches (15:1–27)

• To prepare students to face persecution

• To show that a fruitful life is possible only by a relationship with Christ


Christ’s intercessory prayer(17:1–26)

• To emphasize Christ’s desire to glorify His Father

• To reveal Christ’s love for His disciples


Betrayal, arrest, and trial of Christ (18:1–40)

• To show how Christ was really in control even during His arrest

• To show Christ’s concern for His disciples


Crucifixion of Christ(18:28–19:37)

• To show the brutality of the soldiers and Pilate’s cowardice

• To remind us of what Christ endured for us


Resurrection and first post-resurrection appearance of Christ (19:38–20:31)

• To demonstrate the public stand of some secret disciples

• To explain the significance of the resurrection


Post-resurrection fishing trip(21:1–25)

• To show how Christ restored Peter after his denials

• To explain how God uses different believers’ lives in different ways to accomplish His purposes




Year 8              Character


Christ’s ideal of character

• Reviewing the Beatitudes

• Searching Scripture to see how Christ evidenced the Beatitudes in His life

• Applying these qualities in real-life situations

• Recognizing that my inner attitude determines how God will bless my life


Blessed are the poor in spirit

• Studying how Paul showed this quality

• Outlining ideas from lectures

• Learning how to make this quality a part of my own attitude


Blessed are they that mourn

• Discussing three aspects of mourning

• Defining ideas using lecture notes

• Analyzing my life to see how much Imourn over sin


Blessed are the meek

• Drawing conclusions based on Scripture

• Using Scripture to make practical applications

• Learning to let the Holy Spirit develop meekness in my life


Blessed are the hungry and thirsty

• Studying statements by King David

• Drawing conclusions

• Discerning between “being” and “knowing”


Blessed are the merciful

• Discerning key ideas

• Applying this quality to real life

• Understanding what forgiveness is and why it is important to forgive others


Blessed are the pure in heart

• Discerning results of behavior

• Discerning the differences between inward and outward purity

• Focusing on inner development rather than outward conformity


Blessed are the peacemakers

• Reading Scripture for specific details

• Drawing conclusions

• Defining cause and effect

• Developing peace with God and with others as a pattern of life


Blessed are those who are persecuted

• Discerning right and wrong reasons and purposes for persecution

• Studying Bible characters who were persecuted

• Considering our willingness to stand for Christ under all circumstances


Learning how to use money

• God entrusts us with money, and He expects us to spend it wisely.

• What we do with our money tells us something about our values.

• Writing biblical principles

• Applying principles to life situations

• Learning cooperatively

• Developing a grateful attitude

• Accepting financial responsibility


Having right thoughts

• God is pure and unselfish in His thought life. His thoughts are beyond our understanding.

• God wants us to guard what we put into our minds.

• God has specific principles for what we should think about.

• We can control what we put into our minds.

• Applying biblical principles to life situations

• Discerning thought processes

• Understanding the importance of right thoughts


Making right decisions

• The key decision of life is whether or not we have decided to follow God completely.

• We must take decisive steps to stay away from evil.

• We must take decisive steps to stand for right.

• Learning to make right decisions is a sign of maturity.

• Analyzing the biography of Martin Luther

• Writing research reports

• Deciding to stand for or against something


Keeping our promises

• Jesus made promises to us that He will never break.

• When we make a vow before the Lord, we must not break our word.

• We need to learn to seek wise counsel when we must make an important decision.

• My personal convictions need to be based on God’s Word.

• Analyzing Scripture

• Discerning wise counsel

• Understanding the importance of keeping a vow

• Understanding the need for wise counsel


Controlling the tongue

• We cannot tame our tongues without the control of the Holy Spirit.

• The tongue can be used both for good and evil.

• We need to learn how to talk to others as well as learn to become a good listener.

• Making comparisons

• Analyzing Scripture for specific truths

• Making notes for a discussion

• Developing self-control over what we say


What we say affects others

• The things we say can affect others for good or bad.

• We do not always have to say what we think.

• Finding descriptive words and key ideas from Scripture

• Writing a composition

• Analyzing our unspoken attitudes


Having good success

• Success for the Christian begins on the inside rather than relying on external pleasures.

• God gives specific guidelines on how to prosper as a Christian.

• Contentment and joy are given by the Holy Spirit and bring us true satisfaction.

• Analyzing the life of William Tyndale

• Making evaluations and discussing opinions

• Learning ideas and attitudes necessary for success


Desiring good success

• To prosper and have success, we need to have faith that God will fulfill what He has promised to do for us.

• We need to learn principles of success from the examples of others.

• We need to find a balance between pressing forward to accomplish our goals and being content in all things.

• Comparing two sets of Scriptures

• Analyzing Scripture for specific truths

• Analyzing why various Bible characters were or wer not successful

• Writing a definition

• Understanding the balance between hard work and being content

• Learning from biblical characters


• The steps by which we got our Bible were inspiration, organization, collection, and preservation.

• Inspiration means that God directed the writing of Scripture so that, without destroying the personalities of the human authors, the end result was the errorless, trustworthy, authoritative Word of God.

• The Bible itself claims to be divinely inspired and authoritative.

• God gave us the Bible to set the record straight and to plainly reveal Himself and His will to man.

• What is inspiration?

• Who wrote the Bible?

• Human authorship/Divine authorship

• Understanding that the Bible’s divine inspiration means that it possesses divine authority

• Recognizing that the Bible tells us who God is and how we should live our lives


• We need to be prepared to offer reasonable proofs for the major tenets of the Christian faith.

• We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired Word because of the testimony of Jesus Christ and the Scripture’s self-testimony, unique unity, amazing accuracy, precious preservation, fulfilled prophecies, and powerful effects.

• Fulfilled prophecy

• Archaeological confirmation

• Life transformation

• Project to promote creative thought

• Proving the uniqueness of the Bible

• Asking how we respond to the message of this unique Book

• Exploring why the inspiration of the Bible is important


• The Bible is one book in the sense that it really has only one Author (the Lord).

• The Bible is a collection of many books in the sense that it was written in many ways by many different men over different time periods.

• The two main divisions of the Bible are the Old Testament and the New Testament.

• Both testaments are important. Just because one is called the “Old Testament” does not mean that it is no longer of any importance to us.

• The plan of the Bible

• The Bible’s central figure

• The Bible’s central message

• Allowing the Bible’s unity and diversity to remind us that we need all of God’s Word to hear God’s complete message


• Certain books, such as those in the Apocrypha, were not recognized as being inspired by God.

• Those books that were inspired by God and were recognized as the standard or rule by which we should govern our lives were called the “canon.”

• God warns us against adding to or subtracting from His Word.

• Three ways we can prove we believe the Bible—by delighting in it, by devouring it, and by declaring it

• Demonstrating which books should be considered “inspired” and which should not

• Discovering how we add to or take from God’s Word in our lives


• We do not have the original manuscripts of the Bible today.

• However, we can trust the copies of the original manuscripts because of (a) all the painstaking efforts of the scribes to insure accuracy, (b) the tremendous agreement that exists among the copies we have and (c) the fact that the New Testament testifies to the reliability of the copies of the Old Testament manuscripts that were in existence in Christ’s day.

• Our Bibles are not missing any divinely inspired books.

• God’s Word is our final authority for the creation of the universe, man’s problems, and Christian conduct

• Giving solid reasons why we can trust the Bible

• Showing the unique divine preservation of Scripture as evidence of its authority


• The Word of God is like (a) a mirror that examines, guides, and transforms us, (b) a lamp that shines in the darkness, (c) water that cleanses and sustains us, and (d) a sword that is alive, powerful, and sharp.

• Further study about how the Bible is like a mirror, a lamp, water, and a sword

• Studying different symbols of the Bible that teach us various positive things the Bible does for us


• The Word of God is like (a) a hammer that trims away the rough spots and breaks down idols, (b) gold that is of the greatest value, (c) fire that purifies, comforts, and destroys, and (d) seed that is sown and produces new life.

• Further study about how the Bible is like a hammer, gold, fire, and seed

• Studying different symbols of the Bible that teach us various positive things the Bible does for us


• We should do four things with the Word of God: (a) read it to receive a blessing and grow, (b) study it to discern truth from error, (c) keep it out of love for the Lord, and (d) hold it forth by proclaiming it to others.

• Secrets to Bible study—have a plan and have a question

• How to study words, chapters, and books

• Realizing that the Bible is true, inspired, and authoritative and, therefore, we should treat it a certain way and do certain things with it


• Prayer is an act of worship by which the believer talks to the Father, in the name of the Son, and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

• Our prayers should contain elements of adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication.

• What is prayer?

• What is involved in prayer?

• Who can pray?

• What is the point of prayer?

• Patterning prayers that follow biblical teaching about form and content

• Focusing our prayers on God by adoring Him, confessing sins to Him, thanking Him.


• 2 Ways To Live

Overview all 6 pieces

God The Creator

• What is the Big Picture of the Bible?

• Understanding the reason for the cross

• Understanding personal conversion


2 Ways To Live

Man the Sinner

Understand the use of the 10 commandments as a revealer of personal sinfulness personal applications of the 10 commandments revealing heart issues.


2  Ways To Live

The Problem of a Holy God and Willing sinners

Discussing the Holiness of God in the Old Testament stories of the Burning Bush, the Tabernacle, the Glory of God departing the temple.


2  Ways To Live

Christ the Saviour

John 3:16.

Understanding substitutionary atonement


2 Ways To Live

How Christ Saves

1 Peter 1:3, John 3


2 Ways To Live

Choosing Salvation

John 3:36
33 2 ways to live Luke 9:10 Summation





Year 9             The Character of God


Holiness and the doctrine of God, and God’s purpose in creation

• Drawing conclusions based on Scripture

• Reading charts

• Allowing Christ to work in us to make us holy


Putting our focus on God

• Finding key ideas from charts

• Understanding how to focus on goals

• Reading Psalms and recording ideas about God

• Learning to love God by focusing on Him in the Word


Knowing God is developing a personal relationship with Him

• Focusing on various verses to learn ways in which we come to know God

• Developing a strong relationship with the Lord through the Word and prayer


How to use the Word of God to know God better

• Defining various aspects of meditation

• Recognizing types of promises given for meditation and study

• Meditating to grow in your knowledge of God


Learning about God through events and circumstances of life

• Researching ways to know God’s will and the benefits of doing God’s will

• Learning how to be in God’s will and to continue in your commitments to God


Understanding priorities enables us to know God better

• Reading passages to record characteristics of God

• Recording lessons learned through meditation

• Developing a life message

• Prioritizing my life to conform to God’s will


Overview and review of knowing God

• Completing chart based on lecture

• Reviewing concepts learned

• Exhibiting characteristics of the man who knows God: separated, studious, steadfast, and successful


The nature of God as a Spirit and a Person

• Focusing on words that describe God’s nature

• Comparing natural and spiritual characteristics

• Allowing my spirit to have fellowship in God’s Spirit


The nature of God in His unity as one

• Comparing OT and NT truths regarding the nature of God as one God

• Making a total commitment of our lives to God


The nature of God as Trinity

• Comparing how the OT and NT present the doctrine of the Trinity

• Using verses to explain concepts

• Showing God reverence and obedience

• Discerning the ways of man as different from the ways of God


God’s attributes: His omniscience

• Taking notes comparing natural and moral attributes of God

• Searching Scripture to discover how God shows His omniscience

• Accepting God’s omniscience as a comfort and guide for our lives


God’s attributes: His omnipresence

• Applying Scripture to practical life situations

• Taking notes

• Searching Scripture to see how the omnipresence of God applies to our lives

• Accepting God’s omnipresence as protection, fellowship, and comfort


God’s attributes: His omnipotence

• Applying Scripture to practical life situations

• Completing an outline to show manifestations of God’s omnipotence

• Learning to give God control of my life and to trust Him in all circumstances


Gods attributes: His eternality

• Comparing the things of life that do and do not count for eternity

• Using Scripture to draw conclusions

• Evaluating our values in life


God’s attributes: His immutability

• Completing charts to show ways in which God does not change

• Verifying ideas through Scripture

• Learning to trust God because we know He will not change what He says


God’s attributes: His holiness

• Developing a twofold definition of holiness

• Applying the definitions to God

• Seeing holiness as the basis for a separated lifestyle

• Realizing the need to purify our lives

• Separating ourselves unto God


God’s attributes: His justice and righteousness

• Using Scripture to understand God’s standard of justice

• Realizing the seriousness of the Day of Judgment and our need for mercy


God’s attributes: His mercy and grace

• Learning to analyze and examine Scripture in detail

• Defining various aspects of mercy

• Learning to forgive others

• Learning to ask for forgiveness


God’s attributes: His love

• Examining details of Scripture

• Seeing the effects of God’s attributes

• Understanding how to respond to God’s love


Knowing God: a review

• Listing key ideas

• Completing review charts

• Establishing a deeper commitment to God


The preciousness of Christ

• Examining Scripture in detail

• Completing charts to analyze various aspects of who Christ is

• Reviewing key doctrines

• Knowing God through His Son


The history of Christ: His pre‑existence

• Seeing the deity of Christ in the OT and the NT

• Completing charts to understand Christ’s history, His offices, and His person

• Growing in my faith in the deity of Christ


The history of Christ: His incarnation

• Examining OT prophecies and their fulfillment in Christ

• Understanding the Greek and Roman culture and times

• Understanding God’s purposes

• Observing how Jesus reveals the truth and grace of God to us


The history of Christ: His impeccability and atonement

• Finding verses to prove the character and consequences of Christ’s atonement

• Becoming reconciled to God


The history of Christ: His resurrection

• Finding evidence to verify the resurrection

• Refuting theories that oppose biblical truth

• Finding specific details in Scripture

• Comprehending the reality of having faith in a living Savior


The history of Christ: His ascension and exaltation

• Comparing Christ’s mission on earth with His mission in heaven

• Understanding how Christ’s exaltation helps my faith in God for the future and my confidence in prayer


Christ’s offices: Prophet, Priest, and King

• Defining the characteristics of each of the offices of Christ

• Completing the chart of Christ’s offices and their significance for Christians

• Learning what it means to reign with Christ


The person of Christ: His deity

• Finding evidence to prove Christ’s deity

• Refuting worldly attitudes toward Christ

• Finding key ideas in Scripture

• Worshiping Jesus as God


The person of Christ: His humanity

• Reviewing the ancestral lineage of Jesus

• Researching Scripture to see evidences of Jesus’ humanity

• Defining worldly doctrines

• Trusting Jesus to understand all our problems and needs


The person of Christ: His names

• Using Scripture to define the names of Jesus

• Completing charts

• Delighting in the things of God


The Holy Spirit: who He is

• Finding Scriptures to define the person of the Holy Spirit

• Comparing the attributes of the Godhead with those of the Holy Spirit

• Developing a peace and contentment in the work of God


The Holy Spirit: His work in creation

• Researching Scripture to compare the work of the Holy Spirit in the OT and the NT

• Learning how the Holy Spirit authored the Word of God

• Completing a chart on the aspects of the Holy Spirit’s work in creation

• Allowing the Holy Spirit to make changes in my life and attitude


The Holy Spirit: His work in salvation

• Reading passages in detail to take notes

• Recognizing that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin and has divine authority in my life


The Holy Spirit: His ministry to the saved

• Reading Scripture to list key ideas

• Determining cause and effect of being filled with the Spirit

• Understanding that the Holy Spirit gives gifts to each believer and fills or controls us to achieve His will in us


The First Claim Principle

• Taking notes from the lecture and from Scripture

• Allowing God to have first claim on every aspect of our lives





Year 10         Wisdom from Proverbs

Theme: Wisdom from Proverbs and Galatians 5

Developmental Activities

Life Application


Defined and Categorized

• Seeing an overview of the categories that are discussed in Proverbs

• Taking notes to learn the goals and objectives of the Proverbs themselves

• Understanding the need to be attentive to and to heed God’s principles


The fear of the Lord

• Listing the benefits of studying Proverbs from Scripture

• Learning about humanism and organizations that promote it

• Completing charts from Scripture and from the lecture

• Discerning differences between wise and foolish thinking


God’s wisdom vs. man’s wisdom

• Searching Scripture to understand humanistic patterns of thought

• Understanding the basic foundation of humanistic thought and attitudes


A Person

• Searching Scripture to find the relationship between wisdom and God

• Taking notes to understand philosophies of the world

• Recognizing how true wisdom is acquired


How it acts

• Matching verses with key ideas

• Comparing how the wise and the unwise act

• Writing a composition

• Learning how to act wisely


The foolish man

• Comparing Scriptures to discern the reactions of wise men and fools

• Outlining key comparisons

• Discerning wise and foolish actions and reactions in my life


The wise man and the foolish man

• Searching Scripture to list the blessings of wisdom

• Listing commands to build a right relationship to God and to man

• Recognizing God’s blessings when Ireact wisely


How it is obtained

• Comparing Scriptures to discern differences between the actions of a wise man and a fool

• Drawing conclusions

• Outlining six steps to wisdom

• Recording problems in areas of applying wisdom and how to overcome the problems


The importance of the home

• Searching Scripture to record the effects of wise and foolish actions on parents

• Charting the consequences of misconduct

• Recognizing that my conduct affects my own life—as well as others in my home


Your place in the home

• Searching Scripture and writing principles

• Accepting the benefits of my parents’ instructions

• Overcoming bitterness


Understanding your parents

• Charting how parents are mistreated

• Taking notes regarding scriptural discipline

• Applying Scripture to life situations

• Accepting my responsibility in making my home life what God wants it to be


Duties of the parents

• Outlining responsibilities of fathers and mothers

• Searching Scripture and taking notes to recognize positive and negative characteristics of parents

• Listing areas l need to change to make my home relationships better


In companions

• Listing ten ways our friends affect our lives

• Applying biblical principles to life situations

• Recognizing the importance of having the right kind of friends


Companions to avoid

• Listing the types of people the Bible says we should avoid

• Studying biblical examples of these types

• Taking notes

• Discerning if my friends are the kind the Bible says Ishould avoid


Characteristics of wrong companions

• Summarizing characteristics of the wrong types of friends

• Defining key words using Scripture

• Discerning underlying attitudes of the wrong type of friends


Wrong attitudes and wrong actions

• Outlining five steps to becoming like those with wrong actions and attitudes

• Drawing conclusions

• Understanding how wrong attitudes affect my activities and actions


Why we lose friends

• Researching Scripture to list 9 reasons why we lose friends

• to complete an outline

• Discerning if any of the reasons why we lose friends are a part of my life


How to gain friends

• Listing specific ideas from Scripture

• to complete charts

• Applying certain biblical principles on how to make and keep good friends




• Showing love to those with whom Iam having problems

Using passages of Scripture to record the various characteristics of love



• Defining and reviewing ideas concerning God’s principles

• Using scriptural references to list the characteristics of joy

• Learning to have joy through the presence of God in my life rather than through depending on my circumstances to go the way Iwant them to go



• Defining various scriptural meanings of peace

• Comparing verses on peace concerning the need for submission or meditation

• Matching Scripture with life situations

• Allowing God to give me peace with Him and with others in all circumstances



• Comparing the Hebrew and Greek meanings of Iongsuffering

• Searching Scripture to find God’s blessings for our being longsuffering

• Learning to develop patience through all kinds of trials



• Referencing verses to common life attitudes

• Searching Scripture to find different aspects and words regarding gentleness

• Expressing personal care and concern for the needs of others



• Summarizing verses from Proverbs to define goodness

• Drawing conclusions

• Developing goodness by allowing God to build His character in my life



• Researching Scripture to list characteristics of faithful men

• Searching Scripture to list faithful men of God

• Developing persistence to God’s goals and purposes in my life



• Using Scripture to define and compare meek and arrogant attitudes

• Studying six steps to conquering an arrogant attitude

• Recognizing areas of pride and arrogance that must be dealt with in my life



• Matching Scriptures to compare the disciplined and undisciplined person

• Comparing Scriptures to reach conclusions

• Allowing God’s power to discipline my life


In thought life

• Contrasting positive and negative influences on our minds

• Using a concordance to list all verses that describe the concept of meditation

• Using meditation to gain control of my thoughts


In speech

• Listing problems of the tongue from Proverbs and James

• Finding cause and effect relationships of wrong uses of the tongue

• Controlling my tongue to help me gain discipline in other areas of my life


In speech

• Defining and finding synonyms for negative types of speech

• Using Scripture to draw conclusions

• Taking notes to define five wrong attitudes

• Learning not to allow gossip, scorn, a bitter, condemning, or ungrateful spirit to hurt myself or others

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