1st Semester Summary – Creation to the Birth of Jesus
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LESSON 1 ~ Genesis 1
Title: Pillars of Creation
Topic: Hubble Telescope and the universe
Truth: God created the heavens and the earth.
LESSON 2 ~ Genesis 3, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23
Title: What We All Have in Common
Topic: Introduce interesting facts or general knowledge of things we all have in common (through a fill-in-the-blank exercise).
Truth: We have all sinned. Ask questions to bring an understanding that we all have a common problem ~ sin ~ making it clear that sin is more than a simple mistake, but is a serious transgression against God separating us from him. (See I did it ~ transgression is not a common word!)
LESSON 3 ~ Genesis 12:1-3, , Romans 4:18-21
Title: Have you ever made a promise?
Topic: What are promises we make today from the mundane to the sacred? “See you Tuesday for lunch.” “To have and to hold from this day forward as long as we both shall live” etc…
Truth: God promised to make Abraham into a great nation ~ against all odds. God promised Abraham that through him all the nations of the world would be blessed. Today we know that is Jesus. Discover the promises that God has made to us today.
LESSON 4 ~ Genesis 15:1-6 , Romans 4:1-3, Hebrews 11:1-12:3
Title: How would you like to be remembered?
Topic: When you die, what would you like for people to say about you?
Truth: God will remember our faith. The righteous will live by faith.
LESSON 5 ~ Genesis 37, Genesis 39-45:11
Title: If you could change your past, would you?
Topic: Joseph endured many injustices; however, God used them to accomplish a great purpose. Think about life from the perspective that we may not see the end from the beginning like God can see.
Truth: Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.
LESSON 6 ~ Exodus 1-3:15
Title: What is the meaning of your name?
Topic: What is God’s name?
Truth: God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I AM” These words express God and Jesus are one and have no beginning and no end.
Lesson 6 Addendum about what it means to pray in Jesus’ name (scroll to the bottom of lesson 6)
LESSON 7 ~ Exodus 20
Title: Ten Great Rules to Live By (if you could)
Topic: How do you know right from wrong? God sees our hearts.
Truth: God has given us 10 commandments. Jesus gave us the greatest commandments of all and taught us the spirit of the law, not just the letter of the law. Additional: Jesus lived a sinless life.
LESSON 8 ~ Judges & Kings
Title: Have you ever been on a roller coaster?
Topic: Life can be like a roller coaster. Where can you find stability?
Truth: God is faithful.
LESSON 9 ~ Psalm 23 & John 10:7-11
Title: Music ~ a universal language
Topic: Can you sing or do you enjoy music?
Truth: Psalm 23 is a psalm or song of David, a shepherd and king. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd and I lay down my life for my sheep.”
LESSON 10 ~ Luke 2:1-20 & Matthew 2:1-12, John 1:1
Title: How do you celebrate Christmas?
Topic: The True Meaning of Christmas
Truth: Christ the Savior is born! Jesus came as a great teacher, a great miracle worker and a great servant-leader, but ultimately Jesus came as our personal savior from sin and death.
Lesson 10 Addendum about prophecies
Isaiah 9:6-7, John 3:16
Title: Can anyone predict the future? (scroll to the bottom of Lesson 10 for this additional lesson)
Topic: People try to predict what will happen tomorrow: the weather, stock prices, even election results!
Truth: God knows the future and in many ways He has told us the future. Jesus was born as God promised. He died for our sins. All who trust in Him will have eternal life.
NOTE TO AUTHORS
If you are visiting this page, it may be that you have been asked to consider writing an article for Chinese students who want to improve their English. These articles will not only benefit their study of the English language and help them practice their conversational English, but will also provide a foundation for meaningful discussions with their tutor to consider ~ many of them for the first time ~ the existence of God and the meaning of the gospel “the good news” that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Lord.
So what exactly do we need?
- 500-600 words or less (however links may be used to expand on a particular concept or story)
- use common English words in order to avoid words that would be difficult to understand for someone who is learning English and not familiar with the Bible
- write from your knowledge and experience in a conversational, easy-to-read, personal way