Children – Youth Bible Study

Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church English Lessons Prepared to young families of EOTC members attending their lessons at Debre Zihon St. Mary Church Every Sunday between 10:00AM – 12:00 Noon


Bible Curriculum Servants Guide    


Introduction

Background

As most Sunday School curricula peruse the Bible from a topical perspective (e.g. purity, honesty, ..etc.), coverage of the historical stories of the Bible is usually spotty. Most stories of the Bible are not covered in depth and some stories are not covered at all, because the focus is on the topic and not the Bible story. While teaching the stories from the Bible from a topical perspective is useful in presenting scripture-based life applications, it’s also important to learn the Bible stories in their natural time flow for several reasons.

Learning the stories in their chronological order provides a more abstract view of what the Bible is all about. This approach presents the Bible as one unit, and one story that has a beginning in Creation, a climax of the fall of man and Christ’s Salvation, a context for the Church in which we live in at the present, and an ending in the future of the Second Coming in Revelation.

In addition, presenting the Bible in this way, portrays the main thread the links all the Bible stories together; namely the Word of God (Christ Jesus).

Furthermore, these stories provide the building blocks upon which the other lessons like faith, salvation, ..etc. are based. For example, a lesson about faith can make use of the stories of Noah, Abraham, …etc. without the need to go into these stories in depth, since the knowledge of these stories will be attained through this curriculum.

Purpose

This curriculum is meant to present the Bible in the way discussed above.

The curriculum covers all the historical books of the Old Testament and the four Gospels in the New Testament. Acts of the Apostles is not covered due to the time restrictions (only 10 lessons a year). These topics are covered over a period of four years, with 10 lessons a year. The Bible stories division are based on the Calvary Bible Curriculum, compressed and spread over a 4-year cycle. Each year, the lessons cover both the Old Testament, and the New Testament.

The 4-year cycle can be repeated at different levels for different age groups. The curriculum contains two 4-year cycles. The first cycle covers G1-4/5; while the second cycle covers G6-12.

Each lesson description includes the stories that need to be covered in each lesson. Ideally, the lesson provider should try to link the stories with the previous ones given, and show if possible how these stories depict Christ (in some stories this might not be obvious, though). Each lesson also contains a message and an application. These are optional, since the main purpose is to cover the stories, and not a topical Bible lesson. A memorization verse(s), is also included. Whenever possible, this verse(s), is from a Bible book different than the one presented to enforce the unity of the Bible.

Since all the topics in each lesson may not be covered within one Sunday School lesson due to time restrictions, the topics that were not covered could be covered by the children at home by answering questions provided by the lesson presenter.

This curriculum is not meant to be a Bible study as explained below.

This curriculum is not about scholarly studying of the Bible.

As such, it does not include any lessons on the historicity of the Books taught (e.g. author, cultural context, timeline, …etc.). In some cases, the lesson presenter may want to include some historical background to shed some light on some of the events in the stories. That is left totally to the presenter according to their class needs.

Also, the curriculum is not about contemplative studying of the Bible. That is, it does not include any points of contemplation on the stories. Again, in some cases, the lesson presenter may want to contemplate on some story events. That is left to the presenter to choose according to the situation.

To sum up, this curriculum in its simplest form is about telling the stories from the Bible as they are written in the Bible.

Note

This document will always be in an updating state during this yeas as lessons are taught for the first time. Some topics will need to be adjusted to suit the lesson. Some will be expanded, shortened or split as required. A new major version will be issued after significant updates.

Servants Guide

This section proposes some points on preparation and presentation of the Bible lesson to achieve maximum benefit from this curriculum. These methods are just guidelines and can be adapted differently for each class according to their needs.

  1. Each child needs to bring their own personal Bible. The one they use at home, and not the family Bible. If there’s a need for a Bible, the Church will provide one at no cost (the servant may encourage the child to donate from his/her allowance towards the cost of the bible so that the child may take it serious). Please contact the Sunday School Service administrators, and they will provide the needed Bibles.
  2. Conducting the Bible lesson should emphasize on children reading from their personal Bibles during the class, taking turns and trying to explain what they read. Servants should provide explanations for difficult parts. Some parts may need some audio/visual aids. For G3 and under, reading will be a challenge, so using more visual aids will be required. The Gospel light posters, pictures from Google, ppt slides, the Bible Society Videos or the dramatized Audio Bible are very useful resources for this age range.
  3. Sunday School servants should not use a pre-prepared presentation, but rather involve the children in conducting the lesson by reading from the Bible and explaining.
  4. As part of explaining the story from the Bible, the servant may need to prepare some background information about the story they are reading, such as; what happened before the part they are reading or some of the surrounding events, just to give the children the setting of the story they are reading. Servants may also provide a message and/or a real-life application from the story they read at the end of the lesson, as explained in the introduction section.
  5. If all the references given for a lesson cannot be covered due to time limitations, the rest of the references can be covered at home by the children in the form of answering questions, provided by the servants.

Lesson 01

Topics to cover/References

Creation
God Makes Adam and Eve
The Garden of Eden
Adam and Eve are Tempted
Cain and Abel
Enoch
Genesis 1:1-2:25
Genesis 1:26-4:1
Genesis 2:8-17
Genesis 3:1-4:1
Genesis 4:1-17
Genesis 5:18-24

Message
– God’s ultimate love for man

  • He created him at the pinnacle of His creation.
  • He planted a garden for him in Eden to tend to it and enjoy.
  • He created a partner/helper for him (Eve).

Jesus is the Word of God Who created everything.

Application

Who created me, my best pet, my family/friends? Every day say to God “Thank you” 

Memorization
John 1:1-3


Lesson 02

Topics to cover/References

Noah Builds the Ark
God Sends a Great Floode
God’s Covenant
The Tower of Babel
Genesis 5:28-6:22
Genesis 7:1-8:19
Genesis 8:20-9:17
Genesis 10:8-10; 11:1-9

Message
– God’s ultimate love for man

  • Faith in God’s word.
  • Noah’s ark is the Church

Application

Trust in God’s word in every work you do.

Memorization
Hebrews 11:7


Lesson 03

Topics to cover/References

God Calls Abra
Abram and Sarai Visit Egypt
Lot Leaves Abram
Lot’s Captivity and Rescue
God Makes a Promise to Abram
Hagar and Ishmael
Abraham Bargains With God
Sodom and Gomorrah
Genesis 11:26-12:9
Genesis 12:10-13:1
Genesis 13:6-18
Genesis 14
Genesis 15:1-17:19; 18:1-16
Genesis 16
Genesis 18:16-33
Genesis 19:1-30

Message
The Faith of Abraham

Application

Follow Abraham’s trust in God, and trust in God in our daily lives.

Memorization Gen. 15:6


Lesson 04

Topics to cover/References

Isaac is Born
Abraham Offers Isaac
A Bride for Isaa
Jacob & Esau
Isaac Blesses Jacob
Genesis 21:1-8
Genesis 22:1-18
Genesis 24:1-67
Genesis 25:19-34; 27:1-46; 33
Genesis 27:1-46

Message

Application

Memorization
Psalm 89:1 “I will sing … all generations”


Lesson 05

Topics to cover/References

Jacob’s Dream
Leah & Rachel
The Sons of Jacob
Your Name Shall Be Israel
Genesis 28:10-22
Genesis 29:1-30
Genesis 29:31-30:24; 35:16-26
Genesis 32:22-32

Message

Application

Memorization


Lesson 06

Topics to cover/References

Joseph is Sold by His Brothers
Joseph & Potiphar
Joseph in Prison
Joseph Tests His Brothers
Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers
Jacob Moves to Egypt
Genesis 37:3-36
Genesis 39:1-23
Genesis 40:1-41:57
Genesis 42:1-44:34
Genesis 45:1-16
Genesis 45:17-50:26

Message

Application

Memorization


Lesson 07

Topics to cover/References

The Slavery of the Israelites
Moses is Born
The Burning Bush
The Ten Plagues
The First Passover
The Exodus
Crossing the Red Sea
Exodus 1:1-14; 2:23-24
Exodus 2:1-10
Exodus 3:1-4:17
Exodus 7:14-11:10;12:29-30
Exodus 12:1-28
Exodus 12:31-51
Exodus Exodus 14

Message

Application

Memorization