Our Class Information
The Nashua Church of Christ is starting a Bible-centered class program for our children. We believe Our Spiritual Heritage is a unique and quality Bible learning program.
Our Spiritual Heritage introduces children to the concept that God created Adam and Eve and all the families of the earth because He desired a great family to love and to love Him in return. Children see God’s plan to build His family unfold from Genesis through Revelation. They learn a few hundred stories that teach them about the kind of people God wants His family to be. Memorable characters and events from the Bible illustrate these powerful moral lessons and fix them in young minds. Children hear how the coming of Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s plan and the demonstration of God’s desire and for our family to be a part of His family and for His book to be our spiritual heritage, the story of our roots and destiny.
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You
shall teach them diligently to your children…. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Text-centered Bible learning is the strength of Our Spiritual Heritage curriculum. Our Bible classes are just that – Bible classes. They are crafted to help families raise children who really know the Bible. Parents have plenty of resources available for entertaining children. But few, if any, settings afford the opportunity for children to learn interesting Bible stories with memorable moral lessons and fascinating historical characters who model the spectrum of good and bad life choices and their respective consequences. Offering text-centered Bible instruction is our first commitment.
Bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
What exactly will the children learn?
- The difference between the Old and New Testaments and yet how they are connected.
- The major periods of Biblical history – creation, the patriarchal age, the exodus, the conquest of Canaan, the judges period, the kingdom era, the captivity, the return from captivity, the time between the testaments, the life of Jesus and the story of the early church.
- The names and sequences of every Bible book as well as each book’s main events, teachings, characters, and historical period.
- The theme of the Bible, God’s plan to save man from sin, and trace its progress through every age from creation to the book of Revelation.
- A few hundred Bible stories, each with important moral lessons made relevant and practical for their young lives and choices.
- About God – who He is, what He has said and done, and what He wishes for us. About Jesus – his life, His miracles, His teachings, His death and resurrection, and the story of His church in the first century.
- How to pray to God and how to praise Him and about the purpose and value of worship.
- Over time, the habit of reading, understanding, teaching and applying the Bible on their own.
- All of these lessons form their values, their priorities, their consciences, and so influence their character for good. In short, children learn a great deal about the things that matter most in life.
Our ongoing mission is to continue improving our Bible class curriculum. It is a work in progress. Of course, the Bible, which is the core of our curriculum, needs no improvement, but we are constantly seeking ways to improve our methods for teaching it effectively. We believe the greatest of all stories deserves the best possible delivery.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Knowing the Bible does not guarantee that all of our children will live happy contented lives. Once on their own, they will choose how they apply the lessons they have learned. However, we believe that Our Spiritual Heritage is a great tool for equipping and motivating them to make wise life choices. Obviously, we cannot live their lives for them, but we can give them the best start in life possible by teaching them God’s great book; the Bible.
The Spiritual Shepherds, Larry Goddard, Junior Messner