Summer Studies…

In the midst of the boredom that has been my post-college existence, I’ve had a couple things come up to keep me busy. Aside from working at my part-time job and searching for a full-time one, I’ve been asked to help develop a curriculum for this summer’s Sunday school classes. We’re intending to teach the various books of the entire Bible in one summer, which will be pretty difficult. Don’t know you’ve ever read the Bible, but there is actually a lot of material to work with. Teaching what we’re intending to could easily be expanded into a several-year series. At any rate, we’ve got a pretty good outline so far.

What’s been on my heart since yesterday’s meeting with the other teachers and leaders, though, has been learning the stuff we’re about to teach. What I mean is I want to study and learn this stuff along with the kids. Jesus said, “Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it,” which I think has another way of being said as, “Whoever does not forsake all that he thinks he knows and relearn God’s kingdom with the heart and mind of a child cannot enter it,” (Luke 18:17). No, I’m not correcting Jesus’ words here; just trying to understand what this would sound like in the context of His surrounding culture at that time. If I were a religious nut, which I probably would have been, I would be pretty offended by Jesus’ words here.

And that’s just it; we’re supposed to feel a little offended by what Jesus preaches and teaches because it’s contrary to what the world teaches us. If we hope that our kids will learn and receive God’s kingdom as Jesus teaches it, perhaps it’s in our best interest to learn it as Jesus teaches it as well.

I’m writing specifically to the parents within Calvary-Fellowship, but yet more broadly to any parents anywhere – or anyone anywhere. Summer can be a time of fun, excitement, and relaxation, but it also could be a time of laziness and spiritual stagnation. I’m hoping this Sunday school series will help me and others who would like to study along with us keep the fire and thirst alive. Instead of allowing ourselves to get back into the routines of summer, maybe we should take advantage of it as an opportunity to deepen our knowledge and faith in Jesus?

Below is a basic outline of the books we’ll be covering in our series. I’m making it a goal for myself to read through each of these books before the week we teach it, but there is really a ton of stuff there, so I might not reach that goal. At any rate, I invite anyone to open their Bibles to Genesis and read along with us throughout the summer to the end of Revelation. For those with kids, I hope you’d read along with your kids so that what we teach on Sunday morning could be reinforced at home. For those without (like myself), I hope we could read through it with a fresh set of eyes and a clear mind to understand the Bible’s main story.

I hope everyone has a spectacular summer in seeking and enjoying our Lord and the things He’s given us.

Study Outline:

July: Old Testament
Week One: The Law (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy)
Week Two: History (Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1st & 2nd Samuel, 1st & 2nd Kings, 1st & 2nd Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther)
Week Three: Poetry (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs)
Week Four: Major Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel)
Week Five: Minor Prophets (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi)

August: New Testament
Week Six: Gospels & Acts (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts)
Week Seven: Paul’s Letters (Romans, 1st & 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1st & 2nd Thessalonians, 1st & 2nd Timothy, Titus, Philemon)
Week Eight: General Letters (Hebrews, James, 1st & 2nd Peter, 1st & 2nd & 3rd John, Jude)
Week Nine: Revelation

** We haven’t yet finalized this schedule, so it’s subject to change. I’ll update it if we change it.**

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Jeremy

Cherokee / Whovian / Sherlockian / Aspiring Auror / Lover of Jesus, Scripture, and creativity / MATS Student at George Fox Seminary.

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