(March 31, 2014)
We are in a study on the sacrament of Holy Communion. We will be identifying the three characteristics of a sacrament and to working describing the blessings of Holy Communion and it's power. Some of the sections of God's Word we are looking at will be Matthew 26:26-29, I Corinthians 11:23-26, Mark 14:22-25, and Luke 22:15-20. All of these are accounts of The Lord's Supper.
(February 24, 2014)
We are now studying the final two commandments. When we study commandments number 9 and 10, we'll read the lesson on Naboth's Vineyard (I Kings 21: 1-16) and Joseph and Potiphar's Wife (Genesis 39:7-20). In these lessons we focus our thoughts as to how we can help our neighbor keep all that belongs to them.
While studying the commandments, we've basically asked ourselves two questions. What does God forbid? What does God command?
As we summarize or conclude this study, we'll consider God's warning of punishment for those who break His commandments. Obviously, we sin much and deserve God's just anger and punishment. Yet, God promises to love us and to be merciful to us. So, we'll also consider the question: Why does God promise to be merciful to us?
To help us answer the question, we'll read Genesis 6:1-18 (Noah and the Flood) and Genesis 32:1-10 (Jacob's Return).
(January 20, 2014)
Between now and our break mid-February we have about 7 class periods. Students will consider what God commands and forbids in the 7th and 8th commandments.
As we consider the 7th commandment, we'll read the Widow's offering (Mark 12:41-44) and Abraham and Lot (Genesis 13:5-11). The first lesson shows us that attitude of the heart matters as we use our property to glorify God. The second lesson models how we help our neighbor improve and protect their property and business.
Finally, as we discuss the 8th commandment, we will read and consider will be David and Absalom (2 Samuel 15:1-12) and David and Jonathon (I Samuel 19, 20). The first lesson gives an example of how our neighbor's reputation may be destroyed by our words and behavior. The second lesson gives example of how we can protect our neighbor's reputation.
(October 30, 2013)
Last class period, we talked about what the Sabbath means. In the OT, it was a day of rest for body and soul. OT believers rested from work, just like God did after creation. Believers also brought sacrifices to the temple. The shedding of the animals blood was to visually teach the believers that at some point in the future, Jesus' blood would be shed for us. For us, the Sabbath is a day of rest for the soul. It can be any day or any time we find peace through Jesus.
We will seek to finish up our study of the first table of the Law (Commandments 1-3) over the next few class periods. We'll look at what God teaches us about what our attitude should be in hearing and learning His Word. We'll look at lessons from God's Word: The parable of the Great Supper (Luke 14: 16-24), Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42) and the boy Jesus (Luke 2:41-52).
(October 3, 2013)
Over the next couple of weeks, we'll complete our study of the first table of the law-the relationship God expects between us and Him. The first table of the law is commandments 1-3. We'll examine how we are to use God's name and how we are not to use God's name. Additionally, we'll talk about the worship of our God. We'll consider what the Sabbath day meant to the Old Testament believer, what is means to the New Testament believer (you and me), and what God expects our attitude to be concerning His Word. Some of the Bible Lessons that we'll use are: The Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-19), Daniel in the Lions' Den (Daniel 6) and Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42). I invite the parents to read those lessons and talk about how these parts of God's Word relate to the second and third commandments.
(September 13, 2013)
This week we wrapped up our introductory work. We've established that the Bible presents to main teachings, Law and Gospel. The law shows us our sin and the Gospel shows us our Savior.
Then, we'll move into a study of the law-the ten commandments. Over the next couple weeks students will examine what it means to fear God above all things, love God above all things, and trust God above all things. To do that, we'll read a few examples from God's Word including, lessons from Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 6:1-10), Abraham and Issac (Genesis 22:1-19), and Noah and the Flood (Genesis 6). These are parts of the Word you may wish to re-read for your self and consider too!
(August 28, 2013)
St. Lucas uses the Faith Foundations curriculum published by Northwestern Publishing House. Each student will receive a student book to use and keep. The cost of the book is part of the student tuition and fees. The student book is distributed the first week of class.
The course is a detailed topical study of the basic truths of the Bible, this course, adapted from Part One of Adolph Fehlauer's "Catechism Lessons", includes 58 lessons and 4 review lessons for grades 5 and 6. Full-color student lessons challenge participants to apply the learned messages through higher-level questions. Each lesson is set in the context of real life, often through stories, to help students apply scriptural truths to their lives. Student lessons contain lesson and application questions.
Generally, I have the children write Memory Treasures (Bible passages) on Friday mornings. Sometimes students use a fill in the blank page to "say" the memory treasure. Sometimes they verbally recite the passage or summary of God's Word to me. Students complete projects and activity pages during and outside of the class period.
Students periodically complete a Journal page as well. Journal prompts are meant for your participation too! Your child will and should include your input too. Please use them as discussion starters to talk about The Word at home.