Our high school Bible curriculum is a discipleship-focused program, designed to give a thorough knowledge of and interaction with the “Big Story” of the Bible, that is, the chronicle of God’s Salvation as seen throughout the entirety of the Biblical Narrative. Each year, we cover at least one Gospel account, one Old Testament History book, one Prophet (major or minor), as well as some New Testament epistles. Every year holds a different emphasis, but each works together, along with the foundation of the survey classes in 7th-8th grade to provide a holistic overview of God’s Redemptive Plan, the student’s place in that plan, and their responsibility to live out in sight of God’s grace.
This course is an overview of the Old Testament. It is an opportunity for the students to learn more about how all of God’s Word weaves together His plan of redemption. We cover some of the highlights, main themes, key verses, and a bit of the history of the Old Testament books. We look together at God’s promises to and covenants with Abraham, Moses and the Israelites, and David. We also touch on the New Covenant written about in Jeremiah and Ezekiel. This Old Testament survey course is meant to deepen the students’ understanding of the New Testament, God’s character, and His faithfulness to His Word.
This course is a survey of the New Testament, with a focus on the author, audience, purpose, theme, and history of each book. The intent and chronology of the New Testament will be studied, and the prophetic fulfillments within the New Testament will link the students back to Old Testament prophecy as learned in Bible 7. The saving grace of Jesus Christ as evidenced through his life and teachings. The apostles will be a major focus of study as the survey proceeds through the books of the New Testament. As each student exits this course, they should have a solid framework of God’s creation, man’s fall, God’s salvation from sin, and God’s faithfulness to change lives through Jesus Christ.
In our ninth-grade Bible class, we begin the year focusing on the basics of the Bible and simply how to study the Bible. For this, we use ACSI’s Mastering Bible Study Skills, which highlights basic information about the structure, composition, and themes of the Bible. The rest of the year is focused on themes of Covenant, Freedom from Sin, and the Names and Character of God, as we study Exodus, Jeremiah, Gospel of John, and Romans.
The emphasis of tenth-grade year is the story of God’s redemption through the Bible, focusing on the works of each of the three parts of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), as we study the books of Isaiah, Luke, and Acts of the Apostles. In these books, we see the work of God and his covenant people, Jesus, and his disciples, as well as the beginning of the Church. We end the year looking at the overall story, focusing on our part in that story (salvation), as well as how we can communicate that story (evangelism).
Junior year is focused primarily on Apologetics and Ethics where we begin to build and develop a personal Christian apologetic, being able to articulate a coherent Christian worldview. This year, we study Deuteronomy and Matthew as we look at the commands of God from the Old Testament and the commentary and ethical teaching of Jesus in the New Testament. We end the year by looking at Pauls’ ethical teachings in Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. During the year, students will work to interact with and discuss different worldviews, as they begin to answer some of life’s difficult questions.
The final year of Bible class for students is focused on spiritual formation and leadership. We look at Jesus’ leadership model in the Gospel of Mark, as well as the progression of the Old Covenant to the New Covenant in the epistle of Hebrews. During the last half of the year, we concentrate of confronting some real-life faith-integration, as we study 1 and 2 Peter. We end the year studying the book of Job, as we work to develop answers to the problem of suffering, as well as Psalms, where we see how the psalm writers develop a life of worship in the midst of all of life’s circumstances.