A yearlong course for students in grades 4-6
The Bible tells us God’s story. It has many parts, but from beginning to end it is one story with a promise throughout: “I will be your God, and you will be My people.” Through this story, we learn who God is, who mankind is, how the world came to be, and how God worked through history to bring redemption to His people. The God’s Great Covenant series will narrate this story for your student in an engaging and unique way.
In God’s Great Covenant New Testament 1: The Gospels, students follow the story of Jesus, the Messiah and King, as He is born and fulfills all of God’s promises. Each of the four units in this text emphasizes one of the names of Jesus: the Son of Man, God’s Servant, the Messiah, and the Son of God. This book is a comprehensive and heartfelt study of the Gospels, and many parents and teachers will find themselves learning along with their students.
The student edition contains 36 weekly chapters divided into 4 themed units. Each chapter includes the story of that week’s Bible verses, presented at a clear, elementary reading level, and a memory page with a Bible verse, key facts chart, and vocabulary. A “Fulfillment of Prophecy” section encourages students and teachers to discuss prophecies fulfilled in the Old Testament in relation to the particular passage being taught that week, while a thought-provoking “Think About It” question asks students to consider how to relate to God in their own lives. Worksheets and a weekly quiz are provided to ensure mastery. Extensive introductions cover the historical, cultural, and geographical setting of the ancient world. Unit reviews contain a memory verse worksheet, a devotional guide, and a fun short story of life in the New Testament world.
Unit Themes Presented in God’s Great Covenant New Testament 1: The Gospels
Unit I: Jesus, the Son of Man, Has Come—To Live Among His People. Jesus is the only person ever born who is completely God and completely man. All throughout the Old Testament, the Lord God repeated the words, “I will be your God, and you will be My people.” Now God, in the person of Jesus, had come to live among His people. This is the Jesus whose story is told in the gospel books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Unit II: Jesus, God’s Servant, Has Come—To Proclaim the Good News. Jesus grew up far away from palaces and royalty, even though He was a King. He had no servants to wait on Him. Jesus’ way to be a King was to be a servant, and by His example, He showed His disciples how to serve God and love people.
Unit III: Jesus, the Messiah, Has Come—To Teach About God’s Kingdom. Though Jesus performed some miracles during these months, He spent most of His time teaching His disciples about the kingdom of God. More and more, He revealed what it meant that He was the Christ, the Song of the Living God. The path of following Jesus was getting harder and lonelier, but it was also becoming life-changing. In Jesus’ future there would be death on a cross, and in the disciples’ futures there would also be suffering that they each would have to endure if they were to follow Him.
Unit IV: Jesus, the Son of God, Has Come—To Conquer Sin and Death. Jesus paid the penalty of sin and purchased eternal life for His people. He was willingly crucified, but three days later Jesus was alive again. He had accomplished the purpose for which He had been born—to have victory over sin and death.
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Claire Larsen, MA
Claire Larsen has had a passion for writing for children ever since she took her first Institute for Children’s Literature course over twenty years ago. One of her assignments was published in Jack and Jill magazine. Claire graduated from Covenant College (Class of 1970), where Professor Dr. John M.L. Young was instrumental in shaping her theological views and encouraging her interest in studying the Scriptures. Through the years she has had a busy teaching ministry, first with children and later with women, leading Bible studies and speaking at seminars.
After raising three sons, Claire returned to school in 1996. She received a master of arts from Biblical Theological Seminary in 2000 and is self-employed as a biblical counselor. When she is not writing or counseling, she is spending time with her family or reading books. Claire most enjoys visiting her grandchildren, Lauren, Lyla, and Christian, and reading books with them.
Grade Level: Grades 4-6
Use: Consumable product
Course Length: Yearlong