as well as many other kinds of ministries.
My Christian school Bible classes are boring because of all the rote memory and dull way they are taught.
My Bible classes feel too "academic." I wish the curriculum and the style of teaching could be more real-life oriented, rather than making the Bible seem like another textbook.
I went to a Christian school from K-12 and never learned about the one BIG Story that connects all of the other stories and events of the Bible.
We are not satisfied with our Bible curriculum. I wish we could find some resources that would make learning the Bible interesting, and even FUN, and do a better job of helping students really understand the Bible and be better equipped to use it after they graduate.
Good Soil resources - unique ways to teach the Bible to elementary and secondary students.
The Story of Hope - Kids workbook is a chronological Bible study for kids, approximately ages 8-12. It is designed to help kids understand the BIG story of redemption, from Genesis through Revelation—a perspective that very few other ministry resources provide for children. The workbook contains one page for each of 40 Bible-event lessons, including an image from the Good Soil Redemptive Art Series and questions that get kids digging into the Bible texts for themselves. Also, the Chronological Bridge to Life is presented in an eight-page sequence. There's a Personal Faith Response page too.
Questions and map activities engage kids to read and think, rather than just rotely memorize. This workbook is bright and colorful and beautifully illustrated.
64 pages, Plastic Coil Bound
One lady who went to Sunday school as a child, but never truly trusted Jesus as her Savior, was being led through an evangelistic Bible study based on the adult version of The Story of Hope. She commented:
Why didn't they teach the Bible like this to me when I was in Sunday school? If they had done so, I might have understood it and become a true believer.
Adventures in the Story of Hope
Our desire has always been to make a high quality, thorough curriculum for teaching children God’s redemptive story from beginning to end available for free to missionaries and children’s teachers around the world. Now the “Adventures in the Story of Hope” curriculum is available as a free download right here! 2018 Colorized Edition.
Approximately 400 pages of lesson plans for teaching 48 Bible lessons—40 Bible-event lessons and eight Chronological Bridge to Life lessons. The lessons unfold the BIG Story of the Bible, chronologically from beginning to end, focusing on God's redemptive story. As students learn about major Bible events, they also learn how all of them are connected around the one BIG Story.
Lessons include many creative activities to engage kids in active learning: questions, games, songs, crafts, drama, “My Story of Hope” activities, memory verses, and other Bible learning activities. Also, a complete set of coloring sheets, one per each of the 40 Bible event lessons.
FREE Bible curriculum for your Christian school!
Twelve songs to accompany the study of The Story of Hope - Kids. Created to help kids understand and remember the Bible events in the workbook, as well as the eight chronological gospel concepts.
Two-CD set; one CD with voices; other, soundtrack only.
Twelve songs, including "The God of the Big Story," "Come Let Us Sing," "Shout for Joy," "Transcendent God," "We Believe," "Tell the World of Jesus," "Doxology 21," and others.
Single CD - sung by ensemble of kids.
The Way to Joy - Kids is a basic discipleship Bible study workbook for kids, approximately ages 8-12. If your students have made professions of faith in Jesus Christ, the next step is obviously discipleship. If you have not done so already, we recommend that you take them through The Story of Hope - Kids. But the next step beyond that would be The Way to Joy - Kids.
The Way to Joy - Kids includes ten lessons on basic truths that every young believer needs to know and some key spiritual disciplines that every Christian needs to practice. It is bright, it is colorful, it is beautifully illustrated with images that kids relate to. And, it includes a Bible reading and prayer journal to accompany the weeks of the discipleship study.
64 pages, Plastic Coil Bound.
The Story of Hope Workbook - English Version
A time-flexible resource for presenting the Bible’s big redemptive story in as few as fifteen minutes or as long as twenty or more hours. Designed for evangelistic Bible studies, one-on-one or in small groups, but also helpful in teaching God’s redemptive plan to believers. Includes a study of 40 Bible events (20 Old Testament and 20 New Testament) and Bible maps. 64 pages and plastic coil binding. FREE Leader's Guide and FREE Classroom Facilitator Guide available as downloads from this site.
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Class Facilitator's Guide for The Story of Hope - Hard Copy
Printed curriculum and instruction guide for facilitating a class through The Story of Hope in 31 engaging, interactive, and fun class sessions!
Students are constantly engaged in active learning, as they study the Bible from Genesis through Revelation in 31 class sessions (or more or less).
Underlying the teaching of the Bible’s BIG Story in this study, students are also being equipped to use The Story of Hope to lead others through the study.
The 120-page professionally designed Class Facilitator’s Guide is available as a FREE download.
A professionally designed PowerPoint with 400+ slides is also available for class facilitators.
FREE access to an online Instructor’s Resource Center for teaching The Story of Hope Class.
A fun way to teach a basic discipleship class and train believers to make disciples
Image of a TROF OT Class at ABWE - FUN Learning
Image of a TROF NT Class at ABWE - Interactive & Engaging Learning
The Roots of Faith Old Testament Instructor Kit
A kit providing the resources needed to teach the Old Testament portion of the Bible's Big Story chronologically.
Dan, principal and teacher in Pennsylvania
At our Christian school, we strive to teach the Bible as God's big story, His metanarrative. The Roots of Faith curriculum and training offered by ABWE has effectively equipped our school's instructors to communicate God's story in such a way that it “clicks” and connects with our high school students. The structure and interactive nature of the courses moves Scripture out of an “ancient literature” category, and into a “sharp and alive” category for instructors and students alike.
The Bible's BIG Story Teaching Visuals - Set of 105
Set of 105 laminated, double-sided teaching visuals for teaching the Bible's redemptive story, from Genesis through Revelation.
13.5" x 10.75" laminated printed teaching visuals. Key Bible event content on the back, event image on the front. 105 teaching visuals, 50 Old Testament, and 50 New Testament, plus five that work especially for ministry with Muslims. Great for teaching kids (and, adults too!) the BIG Story of the Bible that begins in Genesis and culminates in Revelation. Same images and key content as the Chronological Bible Cards—essentially big versions of those pocket-size cards. See below.
ChronoBible Cards: Genesis-Revelation
A complete set of 135 pocket-size cards (4.5" x 3.375") for learning and reviewing the content and chronology of the Bible's Big Story.
Pocket-size cards for learning and reviewing 100 key Bible events as they appear chronologically from Genesis through Revelation. Each Bible event card contains an image from the Good Soil Redemptive Story art collection on the front and key content information on the back. 25 major Bible era cards and 10 Chronological Bridge to Life cards included.
The Chronological Bridge to Life Visuals
Set of 8 laminated teaching visuals focusing on 8 essential truths.
How to Use the ChronoBridge to Life DVD & Card Set
This ten minute video presentation illustrates how to use the Chronological Bridge (ChronoBridge) to Life in presenting God’s story of hope.
The Chronological Bridge to Life Cards
These playing-size cards are designed to be used in presenting the "ChronoBridge to Life" in personal witnessing.
Reflections unfolds the storyline of the Bible through 50 Old Testament and 50 New Testament events—from Genesis through Revelation.
$20 in Quantities of Eight or More - $40 for One Book, $30 each for Two. An excellent gift to give your clients!
Reflections - The Audio Experience
Professional recordings of all 100 narratives from the book, Reflections From God's Story of Hope.
MP3 files on a flash drive
Watch a (2:36) video to see how the Reflections - The Audio Experience audio stories are correlated with the printed and visually illustrated stories in the Reflections from God's Story of Hope coffee table storybook.
For teachers to use with their students and for students to load on their own mobile devices. Great way to teach and review the events of the Bible's BIG Story and the eight chronological Bible concepts
The Story of Hope Condensed App
Twenty beautifully visualized Bible events (10 Old Testament and 10 New Testament) that summarize the Bible's Big Story of redemption, from Genesis through Revelation.
The Story of Hope App
Mobile app. Forty beautifully visualized Bible events (20 Old Testament and 20 New Testament) that summarize the Bible's Big Story of redemption, from Genesis through Revelation.
The Roots of Faith App
One hundred beautifully visualized Bible events (50 Old Testament and 50 New Testament) that summarize the Bible's Big Story of redemption, from Genesis through Revelation.
The top ten takeaways from Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship training:
Good Soil Basic Seminar
Two Days in May or October
Good Soil Trainer Certification
A Third Day in May or October
As a teacher, regardless of what or where you teach, you will love and appreciate this workshop!
It will enhance your ability to teach students, beyond what you can probably imagine. You will…
Gaining Ground with Good Soil
Want to understand more about Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship? This is the place to start! NEW Visually Enhanced 2016 Edition - An evangelism and discipleship training narrative that is a scaled-down version of the Good Soil E&D seminar in a narrative format. Full color throughout.
Gaining Ground with Good Soil is an evangelism and discipleship training narrative—a scaled-down version of the Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship seminar in a narrative format. The principles gained from this book are applicable for anyone wishing to serve God through Biblical evangelism and discipleship, but is especially instructive and helpful for ministry leaders, including Christian School administrators.
The realistic, but fictional narrative, around which the book is developed, tells the story of a couple of missionaries whe were frustrated and discouraged—to the point of almost giving up—because of their lack of success in evangelism and discipleship on their field. But, the "Good Soil" principles they learned from Bible study revolutionized their ministries. It will help you think through a theology of evangelism and discipleship and help you to present the gospel so that men and women will clearly understand it, sincerely embrace it, and firmly hold on to it.
Free instructional resources for individual and group study are also available for download. www.GoodSoil.com/FREE
If you are a Christian school administrator, with a USA shipping address, and will commit to reading this book, we will send you a FREE (and postage-free) copy of Gaining Ground with Good Soil.
Good Soil Training and Resource Catalog
This downloadable PDF catalog is a quick reference to the many resources offered here at Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship.
Ken Cole, an ABWE Global Access Partners missionary, partners with Satish and Helen Divakar who run Beacon Baptist Theological University and Seminary in Hosur, Tamilnadu, India (until 2013 located in Bangalore). Having been exposed to some elements of Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship before, the Divakars asked Ken to come and teach the Good Soil seminar at their school.Read more
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