Are your Bible lessons planned according to a structured,
intentional scope and sequence or do you teach willy-nilly. Are your lessons
disconnected, teaching whatever interests you or do you throw your lessons together
at the last
minute, because you don't have time for long-term planning? I understand, all of
us teachers have been there, and if this happens occasionally, then most likely
it isn't a problem. However, this should not be the norm. We have our students
for a short time—we have eternal work to accomplish! I believe it is
imperative to prioritize a scope and sequence of the Bible
lessons we teach. We must begin by asking, "What do we aim to achieve and
what goals do we seek to accomplish in the time we have with our students?"
Currently, the midweek Bible class I teach spans two years, which translates into four semesters. During this time, one of our goals is to achieve Scripture memorization from the Old and New Testaments, and to do so within a sequence of Bible lessons that are connected. We have decided upon the following scope, sequence, and goals: in year one, the children learn about and memorize The Ten Commandments from the Old Testament in the first semester, and The Lord's Prayer from the New Testament in the second semester. In year two, the children learn and memorize The Twenty-third Psalm from the Old Testament in the first semester, and The Beatitudes from the New Testament in the second semester. By following this two-year scope and sequence schedule, the children in our class will have learned and memorized important life-application Scriptures from the Old and New Testaments and discovered how to grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ!
Do you agree with the idea of establishing a scope and sequence for your Bible lessons? I'd love to hear how you plan your teaching schedule and the goals you hope to achieve in your ministry to children this coming new year!
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