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New Senior High Youth Curriculum Released: Open My Eyes

Open My Eyes

 

The Word of God is profoundly simple…and amazingly complex. Understandable to children…yet confounding to scholars. Only through the work of the Holy Spirit can our eyes be opened that we may “behold wondrous things” out of God’s law (Psalm 119:10).

Our brand new curriculum, Open My Eyes, teaches 9th-12th grade students how to study the Bible. Students will learn careful observation tools and sound interpretative principles as it provides pointed application suggestions so the Word of God might be understood as the biblical authors intended, and practiced in everyday life.

Open My Eyes begins with lessons on the authority, clarity, necessity and sufficiency of the Bible and the need to study the Bible and understand God’s plan of redemption. Then, youth will gain an understanding of the different genres of biblical literature (poetry, parables, gospels, etc.) and the inductive Bible study process as they practice reading, observation, interpretation and application skills. The curriculum concludes with five lessons aimed at the heart of the students, with the challenge not to presume upon the patience of God, but to respond to Him in faith.

Instead of being taught the same old Bible stories and lessons, I am being taught how to determine the lesson my own.–Sanya, student

You can learn more by viewing the Curriculum Scope & Sequence and the Sample Lessons. The following resources will equip you to teach the youth in your church or home:


Classroom Kit

Classroom KitThe Classroom Kit contains everything your class needs to start this curriculum. The main resource, the Teacher’s Guide, contains 40 lessons which alternate between a large group teaching time and small group discovery and discussion. Each lesson features a focus statement that summarizes the main ideas of the lesson and serves as anchors for understanding how to study the Bible. Students are encouraged to follow through on a personal application step each week.

Open My Eyes is not intended to be an exhaustive study of inductive methods, but rather an introduction to them, with the prayer that it will start youth on a lifetime journey of Bible study. These skills can be practiced in any inductive Bible study.


Student In-Class Notebook

Student At-Home JournalThe notebook provides students with a format for recording important points taught in the lesson as well as an opportunity to practice inductive Bible study skills as they mark up passages, make observations of the text and interpret the meaning. Youth will fill out charts, map passages and make an outline to discern the flow of the author’s thoughts. This record of their interactions with the Word will not only serve as a reminder of truths and Bible study skill taught, but will also be a journal of insights imparted by the Holy Spirit.


Student At-Home Journal

Student At-Home JournalWhy do students need to study at home? Besides reinforcing important truths and skills learned in class, the Student At-Home Journal provides an opportunity for the student to practice inductive Bible study skills. Without this practice, the student will be hampered in his use of sound observation, interpretation and application skills. Hearing must become doing in order for these skills to take root.

More importantly, the journal provides the student with the opportunity and encouragement to personally interact with the Word of God and to ponder His relationship to God. It becomes a means for the Holy Spirit to work in the heart of the student as he thoughtfully responds to questions, meditates on the Word, and considers what God is asking of him.

The Inductive Bible Study Handbook

The Inductive Bible Study HandbookThe Inductive Bible Study Handbook is a reference tool that teaches the 4 main steps of and tips for inductive Bible study. The steps include read, observe, interpret and apply.

Students will use the Handbook in conjunction with both the Student In-Class Notebook and the Student At-Home Journal. The Handbook can also be used as a stand alone resource.

 

Open My Eyes is a curriculum seeking to do just that – open the eyes of our youth to see the truths in God’s Word. Our children are confronted with a culture in which it is acceptable to define their own truth. And, accordingly, are influenced to interpret God’s Word in a way that seems right to them, rather than discerning the God-given meaning of the text. Open My Eyes equips them with tools, a methodology for proper interpretation, to rightly handle the Word of Truth. I am grateful that our church is reinforcing and strengthening skills that we seek to teach in our home.–Pamela, parent

Order a copy of Open My Eyes today and start teaching your youth the important skill of studying the Bible! Order online or by calling 877.400.1414.

 

An Inside Look at Application – Faithful to All His Promises, Revised

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When teaching Sunday school, there are two main pillars to the class time: teaching and application.

Application is an essential step to apply truths from the Bible lesson to a child’s everyday life. The Small Group Application section of each lesson provides small group leaders with specific questions to discuss with the children in their group. These questions help children understand and clarify what they heard in the lesson and lead them towards three responses:

  • The Head: What the children know and understand.
  • The Heart: What the children feel, such as emotions, desires and convictions.
  • The Hands: What action the children will take, such as a response, commitment, etc.

One of the major updates we made to the revised version of Faithful to All His Promises, was to rework the application section. The questions were expanded and finessed to equip small group leaders with material that is age appropriate, integrated with workbook activities and targeted towards the heart. Here is a sample application section from Faithful to All His Promises, along with the matching workbook pages so you can take a look inside the curriculum and see the changes!

Lesson 7 Promise: God Will Forgive You

Main Ideas:

  • If we confess our sins, God will forgive us.
  • When God forgives sin, He blots

Small Group Application

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Now Available: Faithful to All His Promises, Revised

Children Desiring God Blog // Now Available: Faithful to All His Promises, Revised

It’s finally here!

After over a year of hard work from the entire Children Desiring God team, we are excited to announce that Faithful to All His Promises, Revised, is officially released!

If you are new to this curriculum, Faithful to All His Promises is a Sunday school curriculum targeted toward 2nd grade children that helps them learn what God has promised believers and unbelievers and teaches them to trust God to always keep His promises. We do not deserve these promises, but they are priceless gifts God has given us.

Our prayer is that when children find themselves experiencing troubles—both everyday battles of faith and the very hard battles of life—they will turn to the promises of God and trust that He is working to fulfill His precious promises.

If you have been teaching Faithful to All His Promises already, you will love the enhancements we have made to the curriculum.

Here are a couple of our favorite updates to the revised curriculum: (more…)

Now available for Android & iPhone: The Growing in Faith Together App

Children Desiring God Blog  //  Now Available for Android & iPhone: The Growing in Faith Together AppAs Sunday School is starting this fall, Children Desiring God is excited to offer a new resource to help parents and churches partner together and extend learned beyond the classroom. Our new Growing in Faith Together App is now available for both iPhone and Android!

Growing in Faith Together: Parent and Child Resource Pages (GIFT Pages) have been created to help parents interact with their children about the spiritual truths taught in Sunday school. (In our original curriculum, these have been known as Parent Pages or Take-Home Pages.) These GIFT Pages, which correlate with our elementary curriculum, provide parents a summary of what children are taught in class, discussions questions to help lead children to a heart response and an activity suggestion to reinforce the lesson themes or memory verse.

The GIFT App is a great tool for weekly discussions at home or on the go and keeping your children caught up if they are sick or traveling and miss Sunday School. GIFT Pages can also be used as a discipleship or devotional tool for parents even if their children are not currently studying a Children Desiring God curriculum.

 


 

Children Desiring God Blog  //  Now Available for Android & iPhone: The Growing in Faith Together AppWhere can I download the Growing in Faith Together App?

Children Desiring God Blog  //  Now Available for Android & iPhone: The Growing in Faith Together App

Children Desiring God Blog  //  Now Available for Android & iPhone: The Growing in Faith Together App

 

 

 

What curricula are available on the Growing in Faith Together App?

The GIFT app currently includes our three revised curricula:

We will be adding additional titles as our revised curriculum is released.


Growing in Faith Together App Features

Lesson Overview

GIFT Pages start by providing the Main Ideas of the lesson, a Memory Verse for the week, Scripture the lesson is based on, a Summary of the lesson and Prayer Points. These resources help parents know what was taught in Sunday School and review the themes with their children. Children Desiring God Blog // New from CDG: Growing in Faith Together App

Discussion and Action

The As You Walk by the Way section provides discussion questions to help you  interact with your child about the truths learned in class and study them at a deeper level. The Action Step challenges children to act on the truths they learned in the lesson.

Children Desiring God Blog // New from CDG: Growing in Faith Together App

Curriculum Specific Activities

Each curriculum features a special activity for children to do or for families to do together. Activities include Scripture memory, journaling suggestions, real-life stories and more. Finally, the interactive Share Ideas and Get Ideas function allows parents to submit their ideas and suggestions related to the lesson with other parents.

Children Desiring God Blog // New from CDG: Growing in Faith Together App

The GIFT App is a free viewer. Please enjoy reading the curriculum overviews and GIFT Page samples for Lesson 1 of each study. Complete studies include 40 GIFT Pages and are available as an in-app purchase of $1.99 for each study.

 

 

All New Visuals for How Majestic Is Your Name, Revised

Last week, Children Desiring God released the revised version of How Majestic Is Your Name! This 40-week curriculum teaches 5th grade students about the name and character of God. One of the main elements of our curriculum revision is a complete redesign of the Visuals Packet. Teachers use the visuals in this resource during the lesson to capture students’ attention, visualize Bible stories, and emphasize key points of the lesson.

The vibrant, full-color visuals include a variety of original Bible story images, names of God signs, photographs and illustrations. The Visuals Packet is available either as a pre-printed resource or as a printable PDF file on the Resources DVD in the Classroom Kit. To learn more about the revised version of How Majestic Is Your Name, view a sample of the lessons.

Now Available: How Majestic Is Your Name, Revised

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Children Desiring God is excited to announce the release of the revised version of How Majestic Is Your Name. This 40-week Sunday school curriculum is designed to reveal the character of God to 5th grade students through the study of His names. We have been working hard to improve the ways in which our curriculum equips teachers, engages students and impacts families:

  • Updated lessons provide teachers with devotionals and prayer points, incorporate more teacher-student interaction, maintain a consistent length and are formatted in a cleaner layout that is easier to teach from.
  • Lessons have been tailored specifically for 5th grade students and three new lessons have been added.
  • New and expanded application questions help small group leaders guide students to apply truths taught in the lesson to their hearts. Questions complement the Student Notebook which has been redesigned to be more interactive for children.
  • The Student Notebook includes a note taking section for students to complete during the lesson, age-appropriate activities and application questions.
  • Original, full-color visuals capture the attention of students and reinforce important truths of the lessons.
  • Growing in Faith Together: Parent and Child Resource Pages prompt spiritual conversations and help parents fulfill the calling to shepherd their children. GIFT pages are now available as as a PDF file in the Classroom kit to print or email and as a spiral bound booklet. How Majestic Is Your Name GIFT pages will also be available in our new app for iPhone and Android soon.

Visit the following links to learn more about the revised version of How Majestic Is Your Name:

Learn more about available products and place your order!

View a sample of the curriculum and the curriculum Scope and Sequence.

Do you currently own a copy of How Majestic Is Your Name?

Read about upgrade options or call customer service at 877.400.1414 to place your upgrade order.

 

COMING SOON: How Majestic Is Your Name – Revised

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Children Desiring God is excited to announce the upcoming release of the revised version of How Majestic Is Your Name. This 40-week Sunday school curriculum is designed to teach fifth grade students about the names of God and what His names reveal about His character. We are working hard to finalize all of the final details of the curriculum and are looking forward to it being available in mid to late August.

The revised version of How Majestic Is Your Name features many exciting upgrades to help you equip your teachers, engage the students in your class and impact the families at your church.

  • New and rewritten lessons: Three new lessons were added so the curriculum now has our standard 40 lessons. Original lessons have been refreshed and targeted specifically for fifth and sixth grade students.
  • All-new, original visuals: The Visuals Packet has been completely redesigned with original illustrations, photography and designs in full color. Visuals will be available in print and for electronic display.
  • Redesigned Student Notebook: The Student Notebook has been redesigned with activities specifically created for fifth grade students.
  • Enhanced parent resource: Our Growing in Faith Together: Parent and Child Resource Pages has been expanded with more information for parents and students to grow together. This resource will also be available on our new GIFT App for iPhone and iPad.


Learn More about How Majestic is Your Name:
Read the curriculum Scope & Sequence.
Order a FREE electronic sample of the first five lessons.
Learn more about our Revised Curriculum and Upgrade Options.


Questions?
How will I know when How Majestic Is Your Name is available?
As soon as the curriculum is available, we will send out an email to our customers. You can also watch our Blog, Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and sneak peeks of the curriculum!

What should I do if I want to teach the revised curriculum but our Sunday school program is starting before it will be released?
We are very sorry for the inconvenience and are working on having it available for you as soon as possible. If you are interested in purchasing the revised version of How Majestic Is Your Name but will need the material before it is released, log in or create a customer account and visit the curriculum page to order a free electronic sample. The sample includes all of the resources for the first five lessons to get your class started.

If you have any further questions about How Majestic Is Your Name, please contact customer service at 877.400.1414 or info@childrendesiringgod.org.

 

 

Play Dates and Bible Lesson Dates

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Every mother knows about scheduling “play dates” for young children. My 3-year-old grandson, David, always looks forward to his play dates with his favorite neighborhood friend, Ava. But this summer my daughter Sarah and Ava’s mom decided to go beyond simply planning play dates for their children. Now they also schedule weekly Bible lesson dates. What a great idea—spending time with your neighborhood friends learning about God together! It doesn’t have to be an elaborate, formal event. It can be as simple as reading and acting out a Bible story together, singing a simple worship song, memorizing a verse together, etc.

My daughter and her friend chose to use our preschool curriculum He Established a Testimony. My hope and pray for them is that, over time, these “Bible lesson dates” will yield a treasure far beyond the joy of their play dates.

New from CDG: Growing in Faith Together App

Children Desiring God Blog // New from CDG: Growing in Faith Together App
UPDATE: The Growing in Faith Together App is now available for both iPhone and Android. Learn more about the updated app.

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Children Desiring God is excited to announce the launch of the Growing in Faith Together App for iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini. The partnership between churches and parents is one of the key elements of a purposeful children’s ministry. Each of our revised, elementary Sunday School curricula feature Growing in Faith Together: Parent and Child Resource Pages (GIFT Pages) to help parents interact with their children about spiritual truths taught in Sunday School. These GIFT Pages provide parents a summary of what children are taught in class, discussion questions to help lead children to a heart response and an activity suggestion to reinforce the lesson themes or memory verse. As you diligently interact with your child about these truths in daily life, you may see your child grow in spiritual understanding and faith.

In the past, GIFT Pages (or take-home pages) were only available in the Classroom Kit to print for or email to parents. Now, with the revised curriculum project, GIFT Pages are also available in a bound booklet and the brand new GIFT App!

The GIFT App is a great tool for weekly discussions at home or on the go and keeping your children caught up if they are sick or traveling and miss Sunday School. GIFT Pages can also be used as a discipleship or devotional tool for parents even if their children are not currently studying a Children Desiring God curriculum.

Growing in Faith Together App Features

Lesson Overview

GIFT Pages start by providing the Main Ideas of the lesson, a Memory Verse for the week, Scripture the lesson is based on, a Summary of the lesson and Prayer Points. These resources help parents know what was taught in Sunday School and review the themes with their children. Children Desiring God Blog // New from CDG: Growing in Faith Together App

Discussion and Action

The As You Walk by the Way section provides discussion questions to help you  interact with your child about the truths learned in class and study them at a deeper level. The Action Step challenges children to act on the truths they learned in the lesson.

Children Desiring God Blog // New from CDG: Growing in Faith Together App

Curriculum Specific Activities

Each curriculum features a special activity for children to do or for families to do together. Activities include Scripture memory, journaling suggestions, real-life stories and more. Finally, the interactive Share Ideas and Get Ideas function allows parents to submit their ideas and suggestions related to the lesson with other parents.

Children Desiring God Blog // New from CDG: Growing in Faith Together App

 

GIFT Pages on the app are now available for the revised versions of My Purpose Will Stand and Jesus, What a Savior!. Additional curriculum titles will be added as the curriculum is revised.

The Growing in Faith Together App is available for iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini through iTunes. Once the free viewer is downloaded, you will be able to view samples of the GIFT Pages that are available for an in-app purchase of $1.99 per study.

Free Lesson: Helping Children Understand the Resurrection

Children Desiring God Blog // Helping Children Understand the Resurrection: Free Lesson

I love Easter. I love reading the familiar gospel accounts. I love the bright, beautifully decorated sanctuary at church. I love the loud, celebratory music we sing together. I love hearing the pastor repeatedly proclaim “He is risen!” I love seeing the children dressed up and full of excitement. I love gathering together with family for a special meal. But more importantly, I love this about Easter…

The resurrection of Jesus is God’s gift and proof that his death was completely successful in blotting out the sins of his people and removing the wrath of God… From the cross the Son of God cried, “It is finished” (John 19:30). And by means of the resurrection, God the Father cries, “It was finished indeed!” The great work of paying for our sin and providing our righteousness and satisfying God’s justice was finished in the death of Jesus.Then, in the grave, he had the right and the power to take the keys of death and open the door for all who come to him by faith.

(John Piper, The Passion of Jesus Christ, copyright © 2004, pages 100-101.)

Here is a free lesson from our newly revised curriculum Jesus, What a Savior! that can be used to help children better grasp these important truths about Jesus’ resurrection. Although it was written for 5 – 6 year old children, the illustrations and explanations can be easily adapted for older children.

 

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