Weekly outline

  • August 13

    1. Explain the units of the course to come

    2. Review with the students the possible approaches to the course

    3. Look at the possibility of project based second quarter.


    • August 14

      1. Begin the lesson by holding up a Bible - Give some common complaints the world has 

            a. "Good book.  Has some good morality in it."

            b. "Written a long time ago - People ignorant back then"

            c. "Science has shown most of what is in the Bible to be false anyway"

            d. "Bible has cause much of the bloodshed over the last 2000 years.  Better off without it."

      2. Divide into groups - do research to answer each of these objectives 

      3. Go over evidence the Bible is the Word of God

          - Prophetic Evidence

          - Historical

          - Geological


      • 8/`15/2018

        1. Continue with evidence the Bible is the Word of God

        2. Give input on why the Bible is reliable 

             a. Prophetic evidence - Ps. 22, Daniel 9:24-27, Isaiah 53 to end

             b. Geological evidence - 

             c. Textual evidence

         3. Read and answer questions about article "Is the Bible the Word of God?"    


        • 8/16/2018

          1.  Textual evidence for the Bible

          2. Read and answer questions about article "Is the Bible the Word of God?"    


          • August 17, 2018

            1. Pharisees. The Pharisees focused on the Mosaic law found in the Torah. Their radical obedience to the Law, which often fell into legalism, created a distinction between them and the Romans. Ultimately, the Pharisees expected the Messiah to hold the Law in the same regard that they did, and through obedience to the Law they hoped for a revolutionary change among Judaism that would overthrow the Roman empire nonviolently.
            2. Essenes. The Essenes were similar to the Pharisees in that they believed in cleansing from pagan Roman influence through upholding the Law. However, they went farther than the Pharisees in separating from the Romans by retreating to an alternative, sacred society in Qumran where they devoted their lives to studying the Old Testament.
            3. Sadducees. To the Pharisees, Essenes, and Zealots, the Sadducees were perceived as traitors. Rome gave the Sadducees power in the religious court, the Sanhedrin, in exchange for peace. Unwilling to give up their power, the Sadducees sometimes compromised the Jewish lifestyle with Roman standards. In one sense they were Jewish, but in an entirely different sense they were loyal to Rome.  They really only believed the Pentateuch and had no expectation of a Messiah. 
            4. Zealots. Zealots wanted to break the burden of Rome just like the rest of the Jews, but their means of doing so were bloody and violent. Apocryphal stories of the Maccabean revolt during the intertestamental period show that the zealots hoped for the Messiah to lead militarily against Rome.
            5. Average Jews. Generally speaking, the Jews that didn’t fall into the above categories were simply waiting for the Messiah to appear. They celebrated the Jewish festivals, kept the Law as best they could, studied the Scriptures, and waited.

            B. Compare these expectations with the expectations of people for the second coming of Jesus in the church.  What is the same and what is different?


            • August 20, 2018

              1. Discuss the discoveries made in Friday's assignment

              2. Look at the climate of Jesus' day, including who the major interest groups of the day were in Jewish life.  (See August 17 for details)

              • 8/21/2018

                1. Finish topic on religious groups of Jesus day and their messianic expectations

                a. Pharisees - Warrior

                b. Sadducees - No expectation, scared if true - lose power

                c. Essenes - Divine Messiah (Read: http://www.messiahalive.com/essenesexpected.htm)

                d. Tax Collectors - Open

                e. Zealots - Warrior

                f. General Jews - warrior

                2. Find scripture to prove to me, a Jew, that Jesus is the Messiah

                    a. Must be Old Testament

                    b. Prophecies are good but other passages good too.

                • August 22/2018

                  1. Finish finding of O.T. passages that either foreshadow or predict the life and ministry of Christ.

                  2. Review for the first test on Thursday

                  • August 23, 2018

                    1. Take test - how we know the Bible is true

                                          The Jewish climate in Jesus' day

                                           Old Testament passages that point to Jesus

                    2. Begin unit on Servanthood

                        - Matthew 25:31 ff - Judgment scene - based on servanthood


                    • This week

                      August 24- August 31, 2018

                      Background information on service

                      1) Jesus served 

                            * Find 10 illustrations of Jesus serving in the Bible

                            * How did those acts of service surprise people?

                      2) Jesus taught that his followers should serve

                           * Prove from Scripture that Jesus taught his followers to serve (3 passages)

                           *  Which acts of service would the followers have seen as the most difficult?

                      3) God has provided everyone with gifts for serving

                          * Review the gifts listed in scripture

                          * Do a gifts discernment test online

                          * Discuss how that test highlighted or possibly surprised your suspicions about your potential gifts

                          * Look at individuals that have displayed each of the gifts

                          * Which of the people were you most drawn to?

                      4) We should facilitate the service of others  (Go through Matthew 25)

                          * Look extensively and mentoring others from a biblical perspective

                          * Consider who is (or should be mentoring us)

                          * Write 1 page - where I fit into the kingdom of God

                      5) When we serve others, we serve Jesus

                      6) When we serve, we are blessed


                      • September 4 - 7

                        Unit 2 - Responding to God’s Call  

                        • Unit Objective [2A] The student will understand Jesus’ birth narratives as the earthly incarnation of God.  

                        •      1. Look at the Birth narratives in Matthew and Luke including the genealogies.

                        •      2. What is impressive about these?  How do they fit in with prophecies

                        •      3. Look at John 1 for insights into who the early church knew Jesus to be 

                        • Unit Objective [2B] – The student will understand that God has chosen to call individuals for the purpose of changing the world.

                        • Unit Objective [2C] – The student will understand that Jesus is the fullest revelation of God to humanity.


                        • September 10 & 11

                          Unit Objective [2B] – The student will understand that God has chosen to call individuals for the purpose of changing the world.

                          1. Show the difference Christ can make - Columbia (slides and youtube) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Eh4PN3krE4

                          - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4koXeZvAfg

                          2. Explain the plight of the children and how our global partnership helps aid the children caught in this 

                          • Sept. 17-21

                            1. Besides the Bible references already studied, there are many passages that talk about meeting the needs of others.  Select a passage and determine a way to teach the rest of the class using some type of creative presentation.  The passage can be from the Gospels or from anywhere in the New Testament.  Passages may not be duplicated and will be given on a first come, first served basis.  Google research is a good way to select the passage.The rubric will be sent to the email.  Presentations due on Wednesday. 

                            2. Present the passages of scripture decided on.  Each to be reviewed in the class setting following the presentations.

                            3. Thursday - finish reviews.  Other passages to be added by Mr. Fry

                            4. Fear is one of the biggest inhibitors to becoming what God wants us to be.  Please read the following article and evaluate how fear effects you or might effect you in the future.  How might you work against fear?  What does the scripture have to say about fear?  (You will need to go to Bible Gateway and put “fear” in the search engine to find this.

                            https://founders.org/2017/11/16/fear-and-the-christian/

                            • September 24-28

                              Students will begin reading "The Jesus I Never Knew" by Philip Yancey  http://tweakeverything.weebly.com/uploads/2/1/2/6/21267706/the_jesus_i_never_knew.pdf

                              Look at the following topics:

                              1. The Jesus I Thought I Knew 

                              view: The Nativity

                              2. Birth: The Visited Planet (Read http://www.womeninthebible.net/bible-people/mary-of-nazareth/)  Read Chapter 2

                              1. Read http://tweakeverything.weebly.com/uploads/2/1/2/6/21267706/the_jesus_i_never_knew.pdf   (Read Chapter 2)

                              2. Write a 1 page critical evaluation of the article in light of the video watched and or personal research on the times of Jesus.  I am looking for quality and depth of thought.



                              3. Background: Jewish Roots and Soil 

                              4. Temptation: Showdown in the Desert 

                              5. Profile: What Would I Have Noticed?

                              • October 1-5

                                Looking at the Life and Times of Jesus (ppt and readings)
                                Monday - The Land
                                Tuesday - Daily Life
                                   * Primary Occupations
                                   * General standard of living
                                Wed - Farming and Agriculture - https://www.doctoroz.com/article/what-would-jesus-eat-science-within-bible
                                   * What foods were produced and used - 
                                   * What occupations would commonly be encountered
                                Thursday - Roman Occupation - https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/3398/8356
                                   * When, who, where, and how did the Romans occupy Galilee
                                   * What was the political motivation behind "controlling" the Jews
                                 Friday - King Herod (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/magazine/2016/11-12/king-herod-judaea-holy-land-rome-new-testament/)
                                    * Your choice...Herod the Great, or Herod the not- so- Great
                                    * Read the article and write a one page response supporting either position, or both.

                                • October 8-11

                                  Monday - Have a Galilean feast including the foods and customs of the Jewish people.

                                      1. Foot washing

                                       2. Reclining at table

                                       3. Guest order

                                       4. Key foods from the Galilean diet

                                  • October 17-19/2018

                                    1. Begin unit on "Just the Words and Teachings of Jesus"

                                    2. Building lives through the Beatitudes - bottom up 

                                    Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,

                                        for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

                                    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

                                    Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

                                    Blessed are the merciful,for they will be shown mercy.

                                    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, or they will be filled.

                                    Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

                                    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

                                    Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

                                    3. Notice how the first beatitude is the foundation and each of the rest builds on the preceding

                                    4. Experiments in salt and light

                                    5. The Fulfillment of the Law

                                    6. Murder

                                    7. Adultery/Divorce

                                    8. Oaths

                                    9. Revenge



                                    • October 22

                                      Jesus did not give the Lord’s Prayer as a perfect prayer to be recited, but rather a model for prayer.  Look for each of the following in that prayer: Matthew 6:5-14

                                       1. Praise – Honoring God for who he is

                                       2. Thanksgiving – Thanking God for what he has done

                                       3. Intercession – Prayer for the needs of others

                                       4. Petition – Prayer for our own needs

                                       5. Confession – Prayer to have our sins forgiven

                                      *Using this model, write a prayer containing each of these elements to be handed in for a grade.


                                      • October 23, 2018

                                        Evaluate in table groups why Jesus would have followed teaching on prayer with the rest of chapter 6.

                                        1.Was this purposeful or accidental.
                                        2.Assuming it was purposeful, what connected teachings might Jesus be looking to bring about?
                                        3.Write a modern thought with examples that would illustrate what Jesus is teaching.

                                        • October 24, 2018

                                          Matthew 7:1-20 - Our relationships must be transformed and different from those around them.

                                          1.With their spiritual family 7:1-6

                                            •  We are not to “Krino” – judge harshly

                                            •  We are to diakrino – discern right from wrong

                                            •The example of the plank and sawdust
                                            •Pearls and swine????

                                          2. With their heavenly father
                                          •Seek spiritual gifts from God, he will give them because he loves us
                                          •Stones and Serpents?  NO!
                                          •God is good to you and gives good gifts
                                          •So also we must be good to people and give good gifts
                                          •Enter through the Narrow Gate



                                          • October 25,2018

                                            1. The narrow gate

                                            2. Relationship with spiritual opponents 

                                            •The life of faith is difficult but leads to life – few choose this
                                            •The life in the flesh is easy but leads to destruction – most do this
                                            •Watch for people who claim to be of God but are not (2 Cor. 11:13) - Jonestown Massacre Documentary (AUDIO FIXED)
                                            •They should have good fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control)
                                            •They do the things that God wants (2 Tim.3:1-5)
                                            •Prophecy, miracles, and driving out demons does not guarantee a spiritual                person, neither does a full church        (II Tim. 4:3, Matthew 24:24)
                                            •Signs of a false prophet include:

                                              - Loving money (I Peter 5:2)

                                              - Doctrines that do not agree with the Bible (I John 5:1-12, Galatians 1:8)




                                            • October 26, 2018

                                              Take concept test on the Sermon on the Mount

                                              1. Beatitudes in order

                                              2. General information on the sermon and prayer