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"Finding Your Way" looks at the whole sweep of the Bible, and presents Junior High students with God's overarching plan of salvation for his people through the ages.

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  • A journey through the

    Bibles story of salvation

    A journey through the

    Bibles story of salvation

    Teachers manualWritten by Rachel Reitsma and Stephen Renn

    to be used with Finding your way Student handbook

    and Finding your way CD-ROM

    teachers manual

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  • ContentsUsing this manual ..........................................................................................................................5

    Introduction The big picture ................................................................................................................11

    Chapter 1 Beginnings ........................................................................................................................25 Genesis 111

    Chapter 2 Big promises .....................................................................................................................43 Genesis 12 Deuteronomy

    Chapter 3 A matter of trust .............................................................................................................59 Joshua 2 Chronicles

    Chapter 4 The wisdom books .........................................................................................................77 Job Song of Songs

    Chapter 5 Remember the promises ............................................................................................87 1 Kings Malachi

    Chapter 6 The promise fulfilled ....................................................................................................99 Matthew John

    Chapter 7 The promise continues .............................................................................................117 Acts Revelation

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  • Welcome to Finding your way Teachers manual.

    This publication is written for teachers of junior high school students roughly years 78. It is designed to accompany the Finding your way Student handbook, which gives students an overview of the whole Bible and traces the story of salvation in which God has created an eternal future for his people through the death and resurrection of his son, Jesus Christ.

    This unit forms part of the range of high school resources developed for Christian studies in independent schools and Special Religious Education in State schools. The material could easily be used in other contexts such as youth groups or camping curriculum.

    Using this manual

    All Christian Education Publications are grounded in the belief that God is the source of all truth and his word, the Bible, is where God reveals himself and his saving purposes. God has acted in Christ to achieve his saving purposes for humanity.

    CEP high school resources aim to help students to grow in their understanding of the Christian faith, to respond to the claims of Christ and to grapple with how to apply their faith to life.

    CEP high school resources cover the following six aspects of the Christian Studies program, assisting students to:

    Engage with the BibleStudents will learn how to read, understand and apply the Bible to their lives and will be introduced to the concepts of biblical theology.

    Know the gospelStudents will learn about the life and teaching of Jesus, come to appreciate the significance of his death and resurrection and consider their own response to him.

    Examine different worldviewsIn a safe and supportive environment, students will be encouraged to question, discuss and evaluate critically other world views and practices.

    Learn about their Christian heritageStudents will have the opportunity to learn about key events and people who have impacted history as they have put their faith into action.

    Examine ethical issuesStudents will be encouraged to see the relationship between faith and behaviour as they examine a range of personal and public ethical issues.

    Have opportunity for personal spiritual growthStudents will be encouraged to grow in their personal knowledge of God and in their worship, trust and obedience in the context of Christian community and through opportunities to serve others.

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  • IntroductionThis resource is written for teachers of junior high school students. It is designed to accompany the Finding your way Student handbook, which takes students through the whole Bible, revealing to them Gods plan of rescue for his people.

    The average class will contain a range of levels of familiarity with the Bible. Some students may have no real knowledge of the Bible, its story or its characters. Discussion will therefore be an important part of your lessons, as it will help students to work through and remember the concepts they are learning. It will also help them as they consider how to apply these concepts to their lives. Promoting a classroom environment in which students can safely and honestly voice their questions, concerns and encouragements will also make this course more effective.

    Along the way, some concepts such as Gods punishment and judgement may be difficult for students to reconcile. One key concept which teachers will need to reinforce in each lesson is that the judgement of God sits alongside the mercy of God. Another important concept which may be difficult for students to grasp is substitutionary atonement, which first appears in Chapter 2 with the Passover. Leaving the full explanation of this until Chapter 6 will mean you can teach and explain substitutionary atonement in the light of Jesus work on the cross.

    Throughout the Bible, Gods faithfulness in keeping his promises is a key theme which will particularly be helpful to reinforce in Chapter 7, where students consider the promises Christians today are holding on to, namely the new creation and Jesus return. Reflecting on the history of Gods promises throughout the Old Testament and the Gospels will reinforce to students that God can be trusted to fulfil the promises Christians hold to today, as he has done throughout history.

    CDRomThe CD-ROM that comes with this Teachers manual contains:

    Supporting PowerPoint presentations for each chapter which follow the flow of the Student handbook.PDF version of the Teachers manual for you to download and print as required.PDF versions of the Black line masters for each chapter.

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  • Unit aimTo introduce students to the Bible as a whole, tracing the history of Gods people and promises from Genesis through to Revelation. The aim is also to bring students to an understanding of how God has rescued his people through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

    OutcomesBy the end of this unit, the students will:

    Know about:The structure of the Bible itself, in its different sections, such as the wisdom books and the Gospels.

    The different characters in the Bible, the part they played in Gods plan of salvation for his people, and what we can learn from their example.

    The storyline of salvation, from Gods good creation through the fall and the turbulent history of Israel, to Jesus life, death and resurrection, and the new era this has ushered in for Gods people.

    Be able to:Identify the flow of the Bible story, and acknowledge that the Bible portrays God as both righteous judge and merciful rescuer.

    Give a brief explanation of the history of the Bible, including who wrote the various parts, and when they were written.

    Explain in a nutshell how Jesus coming was the fulfilment of many promises made to men such as Abraham and Moses thousands of years before his birth.

    Trace the history of Gods people through the order of the books of the Bible (using the timeline provided).

    Have had the opportunity to:Understand Gods character as a righteous judge and as a merciful God who has shown compassion and provided salvation through Jesus.

    Consider and respect the Bible as a trustworthy account of history.

    See the pattern of promise and fulfilment throughout the Bible, and consider why Christians continue to trust in God today.

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  • Bookmarks through the BibleIn each chapter of the Student handbook, bookmarks point out the key events in each section. Here they are in their entirety:

    OLD TESTAMENTGenesis 12 Creation.Genesis 3 Sin enters the world.Genesis 4 Life away from Gods presence.Genesis 6:16 The spread of evil.Genesis 69 Noah and the flood.Genesis 11 The Tower of Babel.Genesis 12 Gods promise to Abram.Genesis 15, 17 Gods covenant.Genesis 2128 The birth and life of Isaac.Genesis 25, 2735 Jacobs life and family.Genesis 37, 3950 The life of Joseph.Exodus 12 Slaves in Egypt.Exodus 34 God calls Moses.Exodus 1215 God saves his people.Exodus 1924 Gods covenant with Israel.Deuteronomy Moses speech to the Israelites.Joshua 112 Joshua leads the Israelites into the Promised Land.Joshua 1424 The Israelites settle in the land.Judges 12 Cycle of disobedience, disaster, distress and deliverance.Judges 416 God sends leaders including Deborah, Gideon and Samson

    to rescue his people even when they turn away.1 Samuel 931 King Saul (1050 1010 BC).2 Samuel 56 Jerusalem.2 Samuel 7 Gods promise to David.2 Samuel 1112 Davids sin.1 Kings 211; 2 Chronicles 19 King Solomon (970 930 BC).1 Kings 1214 Solomons kingdom is divided; his son, Rehoboam, rules Judah (930 BC).2 Kings 17 Assyria invades and destroys Israel (722 BC).2 Kings 2425 Babylon invades Judah and destroys Jerusalem and the Temple (587 BC).2 Chronicles 36:2223; Ezra 18 The people of Judah return to the land.

    NEW TESTAMENTMatthew 12 The birth of Jesus (4 BC).Matthew 525 The life of Jesus (4 BC AD 33).Matthew 2628 The trial, death and resurrection of Jesus (AD 33).Luke 24:5053 Jesus ascension (return to heaven) (AD 33).Acts 2 Pentecost festival: the arrival of the Spirit.Acts 2:14; 3:110 Miraculous signs at the Spirits coming.Acts 2:4247; Galatians 5:2226 The Spirit shapes the godly lifestyle of believers (AD 33).Revelation Vivid description of heaven the new creation.Revelation 2122 Uninterrupted fellowship with God and Jesus forever.

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  • Structure and themes of Finding your wayInTRODUCTIOn ThE BIg PICTUREReading the Bible: structure, content and history.

    ChAPTER 1 BEgInnIngsBible section: Genesis 111Events: Creation, the fall, the flood.Key themes: Gods judgement and mercy, humans made in the image of God.

    ChAPTER 2 BIg PROMIsEsBible section: Genesis 12 DeuteronomyEvents: Gods promises to Abraham, the life of Joseph, Gods promises to Moses, the plagues of Egypt, the Passover and the gift of Gods law.Key themes: Gods judgement (on Egypt) and the rescue of his people, Gods desire for covenantal relationship with his people, God can be trusted to fulfil his promises.

    ChAPTER 3 A MATTER Of TRUsTBible section: Joshua 2 ChroniclesEvents: The journey to Canaan, the fall of Jericho, the period of the judges, the reigns of Saul, David and Solomon.Themes: God's trustworthiness in fulfilling his promises, Gods faithfulness to and use of sinful people, the problem of idolatry, the choice we all face to trust God or turn away from him.

    ChAPTER 4 ThE WRITIngs: LIfE Is...?Bible section: Job Song of SongsEvents: The suffering of Job, David writes many of the Psalms, Solomon writes Song of Songs, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Themes: Life can be difficult but God is faithful, Gods word gives wisdom for everyday life, the Bible contains stories of real people from whom we can learn much.

    ChAPTER 5 REMEMBER ThE PROMIsEsBible section: 1 Kings MalachiEvents: The prophets' prediction of the coming of a Messiah, the kings of the north and south, Jonahs story, invasion and exile for Israel and Judah, Daniels story.Themes: God has a plan to save his people, God fulfils his specific promises, we all face the choice to trust God or turn away from him.

    ChAPTER 6 ThE PROMIsE fULfILLEDBible section: Matthew JohnEvents: Jesus birth, miracles, teaching , death and resurrection; revision of promises made in the Old Testament.Themes: God fulfils his promises, Jesus is unique and embodies all prophecies from the Old Testament, Jesus death has consequences for us today.

    ChAPTER 7 ThE PROMIsE COnTInUEsBible section: Acts RevelationEvents: Pentecost and the gift of the Holy Spirit, the promise of a new creation.Themes: God works in his people today through the Holy Spirit. Christians look forward to living in a new creation forever with God when Jesus returns.

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  • Components of each chapter in this Teacher's manualBig ideaThe key idea for the lesson, expressed in terms of concept and application to the students.

    AimsObjectives to help the teacher in conveying the Big idea to students.

    OutcomesMeasurable outcomes for each lesson in terms of:

    KnowledgeSkillsUnderstandingResponse.

    PowerPoint (PPT)Indicates where PowerPoint slides are available to help teachers to display information.

    Background notesBasic Bible background notes to assist in understanding the original context of the passage and its place in a biblical theology framework.

    Lesson notesThe basic structure and flow of the Student handbook for each lesson, with teaching notes.

    Extension ideasA variety of ideas for extending each lesson, or tailoring the lesson for particular groups.

    Black line mastersBlack line masters with additional extension ideas are also provided. Note that PDF versions of these are also on the CD-ROM to make downloading and copying easier.

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  • BeginningsIntroductionThe Big Picture

    Big Idea: The entire Bible is one over-arching story, composed of many episodes, with the central theme of Gods plan of salvation for the human race.

    Aim: To help students understand the big idea of the story of salvation as contained in the Bible.

    Outcomes: By the end of the section, students will be able to:

    identify the books of the Bible

    outline the connection between the Old and the New Testament

    understand the value of a timeline as a tool for understanding the message of the Bible

    appreciate the significance of Gods promise as a theme that runs through all the stories found in the Bible.

    The over...

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