as well as many other kinds of ministries.
Released Time Bible Instruction – A Supreme Court Protected Ministry to Public School Students
Scriptures have been and can be legally taught on a devotional basis at a time set aside during the school day when public school students, with parental permission, leave the school premises to attend religious education classes led by religious or community groups. These classes, known as Released Time programs, are held off school premises, usually in a nearby religious facility.
Since its inception in 1914, millions of students from kindergarten through high school have participated. Currently it is estimated over 250,000 students participate. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Released Time as protected by the Constitution of the United States
Based on a 2002 study of Released Time conducted by The National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the following conclusions were reached.
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 500 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. So, 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. Supplemental for-purchase teaching resources also available.
Best used with ages 6-10.
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 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. 100+ teaching visuals, 50 Old Testament and 50 New Testament, plus five others that are of special interest with Muslims. Great for teaching young people (and, adults too!) the BIG Story of the Bible that begins in Genesis and culminates in Revelation.
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.
Eve and serpent in Eden
Abraham & Isaac
Sacrifice of lamb at altar in front of tabernacle
John the Baptist
Resurrection of Jesus
Believers in heaven - around Jesus - the rapture scene
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.
Carry The Story of Hope on your mobile phone or iPad. All 40 Bible event-images found in The Story of Hope, plus the Chronological Bridge to Life in a mobile app. Available for Apple and Android devices. Also, a FREE 20 events version available: The Story of Hope—Condensed.
The Story of Hope - Condensed (Packet of 5)
This is a pocket-sized 20 event version of The Story of Hope. Use this version to either share God's story of redemption with someone "high on the GSED Scale", or to create an interest for a complete study of The Story of Hope. Comes in Packet of 5.
Pocket-size version of The Story of Hope, with 20 events from the Bible’s redemptive story—10 Old Testament and 10 New Testament.
Great to give students for their review and for them to use in sharing The Story of Hope with their friends and family.
Every movie or novel has a central storyline, a plot. Even children from age six and up can learn the BIG storyline of the Bible, using 25 “Hooks”—major eras of the Bible. And the activities are FUN for students of all ages, even the teachers.
Hooks for Hanging the Old Testament Storyline
A student worksheet designed to help teach participants to grasp an overview of the Old Testament in a 50 minute to 2 hour session.
The 12 "Hooks" for Hanging the Old Testament Storyline
The 1 + 12 "Hooks" for Hanging the New Testament Storyline
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.
Download FREE Class Facilitator Guide
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 FREE leader's guide for using 20 Bible events from The Story of Hope with members of the Millennials generation, as well as others. For use in telling and teaching the Bible's redemptive story as a metanarrative that people can understand and embrace. More than 100 pages of material, beautifully and professionally designed. Teaching resources included.
100+ Professionally Illustrated Pages
This leader’s guide covers 20 events from the Bible’s redemptive story and engages participants following this pattern:
Do the You
Tell the Story
Ask Questions (Easy)
Facts of the Story
“Measure Up” Questions
Others Tell the Story
Painting a Picture of God
The lesson plans are designed with millennial students in mind — allowing them to tell their own stories that are related to some of the major redemptive events in the Bible’s BIG Story.
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 Bible teacher with elementary and secondary students, you will love and appreciate this workshop!
It will enhance your ability to teach the Bible creatively, with increased interest and participation, beyond what you can probably imagine. You will…
One of the keys to effective Bible teaching with any age is telling Bible stories so that historical Bible events “come alive” in the minds of those who hear them!
This BibleStorying (Bible story telling) workshop will enhance your skills as a Bible story teller and teacher. You will learn lots of tips and techniques for improving your ability to tell Bible stories that will gain and hold student interest. And, you will learn about—and practice using—several Good Soil Bible teaching resources.
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.
You will enjoy the missionary story around which this book was created, as well as the very attractive colorfully and beautifully illustrated contents. You will learn some important principles about teaching the Bible in a way that people will understand and embrace it. And, buy some for other members of your Bible teaching team.
Did not have the opportunity of attending a Bible college, but sort of wish you did? Or, even if you are a Bible college or seminary graduate, you will learn a lot from The Roots of Faith, because of the unique way it was created. A chronological Bible study, built on 100 key events in the Bible’s BIG Story—50 Old Testament and 50 New Testament.
Courses offered in the latter weeks of June each year at the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, near Harrisburg, PA. One week per course, but you can attend the Old Testament this year and the New Testament course the next year.
Guaranteed to give you more confidence in teaching the Bible. Junior highers and senior highers (even well-behaved older elementary kids) can attend with you.
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.
The Lycée Scientifique, a special government school in Togo, is home to the top 120 high school students in science and math. These students represent different tribal groups and religions from all over the country. Togo missionary Jane Schmitz had a yearning to reach them with the gospel. After much prayer, she approached the principal of the school and offered a class on The Story of Hope in French. Jane has always had a heart for evangelism and discipleship, and she was a part of the original group that helped launch Good Soil. The principal responded very favorably to the idea, since the materials being used were a study of the Bible, not a religion.Read more
ENGLAND—Doug and Linda minister at Quedgeley Baptist, a church plant in their community. They often have the opportunity to participate in public school assemblies. Recently, they were teaching a series of lessons at their church on The Story of Hope and decided to create a Story of Hope school assembly presentation for kids.Read more
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