This week marks a turning point in the Gospel of John. It is the point where we turn our focus from John (the Baptist) to Jesus (the Light, the Lamb, the Son). It is getting exciting to see just how much our students have learned in the first part of the first chapter of John.
Annnddd….we are finished with chapter 1!! I mean, who would have thought it could take this long to go through ONE chapter? It feels like such an accomplishment to have made it this far. We should be able to pick up the pace a bit for a little while.
We are back after a short hiatus for varied adventures around the country involving more rental vehicles than I care to mention. And what a refreshing passage to come back to!! We were even able to come up with a song to help us remember the testimony of John!
A note about the formatting for this and future posts: I previously created a conversational outline of the teaching time we have for each day. It looked just the way I wanted it to look. Then I went away and my post editor changed; and I cannot figure out how to edit it the way you (and I) are used to seeing it. Please bear with the change. It will hopefully be something simple I can figure out soon.
Our next section in our inductive study for kids through the Gospel of John is our biggest section yet! I feel like we are actually making progress…finally! The first section of the book of John is so foundational; not only to the book itself, but to the gospel message. No amount of review is too much in the foundational things if we want our children to know who Jesus is and why He matters. Thus, we have expended a LOT of energy on the first 18 verses of the book. We should be able to move a little quicker for the forseeable future.
We have been having so much fun with our Inductive Study of the Gospel of John. All the kids want to gather round our chalkboard table to participate lately! It makes this Mama’s heart happy to see my kids developing a love for the Scriptures.
This week we moved on in chapter 1 to verses, 14-18. These are truly difficult verses to unpack with little ones. We did our best to work through the verses together using the Inductive method.
We have finally gotten back to our study of the book of John. We went off track for quite some time to study the book of Genesis. I am hoping to get through quite a bit of the book in the next few months. Hope springs eternal.
If you have followed along with us on our study of John thus far, you will remember my thoughts on presenting this material to children is incredibly simple and it is inductive/classical in approach. I do not try to make it more than it is and get to the deepest meanings. I am just wanting to present the basics of the Bible to my kids. We spend much of our time in the Observation (attending) stage of our study.
If you are new to this series and would like to catch up, you can find the rest of the posts in the series at the top of this post. And if you have any questions, I am always happy to hear from you in the comments!
I don’t spend much time in Christian bookstores. I have found that shopping for the latest Christian bestseller is usually a waste of time and money. The sheer amount of worthless books I have to sort through to get to the worthy ones is overwhelming.
But, I do wander into a Christian bookstore every now and then. Even though I know what I am looking for, it can be hard to find it. The shelves are filled with books offering solutions to problems, theological perspectives that are popular and unpopular, and LOTS of Christian fiction. Since I don’t read Christian fiction, I tend to find myself in the non-fiction aisles more often than not. And what is to be found there is a conglomeration of options that can be quite confusing.
Today, I am going to try to help sort out the books you can find in the Christian bookstore and offer some comparisons, so you can make the best choices the next time you need a new Bible study. Continue Reading