Sunday School Lectionary Analysis

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The David C. Cook Bible in Life Adult Sunday School curriculum for December 2015 to February 2016 follows the International Sunday School Lectionary (ISSL). It consists of 13 lessons, broken down into 3 units, thus each month centers on a specific theme: December focuses on the Christmas story and compels Christians to sacrificially and generously give to God; January examines the marriage relationship and how it could speak about our relationship with God; and February explores the Old Testament festivals which celebrates God’s active involvement in the lives of his people and that such festivals foreshadow the coming of Jesus. Each lesson brings the Bible to life for the students into four easy steps. Step 1 connects the scripture reading …show more content…
Thus, I’d say the curriculum supports the main claims of the publisher: “Deep Truth, Bold Faith, and Changed Lives.” It accomplishes this because each lesson prints the biblical passage, summarizes and explains the passage, poses questions to students for further theological reflection, confronts students to make practical applications to life, and encourages student to have deeper fellowship with God daily by its supplemental “quiet hour daily devotions”. Its approach to Christian transformation is through Scripture, it believes in the authority and power of God’s word to transform hearts and minds. It is Christ centered and emphasizes Christ as Lord. the Son of God, the resurrection and life, the perfect sacrifice, and in him alone comes atonement from sin. Moreover, it recognizes the power of the Spirit to reveal things to men and women and values the fruit of the Spirit in human …show more content…
The guide provides introductory story on the weekly Bible theme, sufficient biblical background materials, and variety of activities in which to apply the biblical theme to real life situation. It also encourages the teachers to make outside readings, giving specific commentary and outside materials to read, and to use online resources. It assures the teacher that the curriculum material is sufficient and at the same time admonishes the teacher to make further study , quoting the Scripture in King James version, “to study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15). Additionally, the lesson plans are well organized into three related units with specific lesson focus for each week. There is cohesiveness and coherence in the presentation of lessons, last week lesson is tied to the next, students are asked each week to connect last week lesson to what has happened during the week, and teacher preps the student for next week’s lesson. There is a standard structure and lesson plan for each meeting: 1) life connection; 2) Bible exploration; 3) Bible interaction; and 4) life response. The themes are timely and appropriate for the Christmas season when Christians tend to be too busy and fail to make personal time with God. It highlights Jesus, the reason for the season. Moreover,

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