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The Bible Foundation Class is for Japanese people who are new to learning about God and the Bible. It is ideal for starting a new Sabbath School class specifically for new people. This page will grow and be updated as the class develops. Please post on the [http://www.facebook.com/groups/adventistmissionjapan Adventist Mission Japan] wall so we can give you access to contribute to this page, or any other page on this site. == Purpose == The purpose of this class is to share the message of God and His love contained in the Bible in order to offer hope and new life through a relationship with God the Creator of all things. == Curriculum == The studies are set in series of 6 lessons per series. The first 2 series is outlined below and will be added to as the curriculum develops. The 2 series are 12 weeks (and one spare week to make up a quarter). After this, it might be good to move on to a series of Bible study guides which cover the main teachings of Christianity (eg. [http://www.amazingfacts.org/bible-study/storacle-lessons.aspx Amazing Facts Storacles of Prophecy], bilingual version will soon be made available). Series A: 1. God as Creator; God of love (Genesis 1 & 2) 2. Origin of Evil (Genesis 3); Lamb of God; Sanctuary 3. Jesus: birth, life, ministry, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, prophecies, message, purpose, really human, really God, no other man or God loved so much 4. Salvation: we need a Savior, faith, eternal life, Christian Life: Bible study, prayer, sharing faith 5. Bible: about the Bible, origin, authenticity, match with history, basis of faith 6. Eternity: second coming, heaven Series B: 1. Creation: evidence, other culture stories, Sabbath, marriage 2. Sanctuary: detail 3. Jesus: messianic prophecies, evidence for His claims, details 4. Prayer and Bible study details 5. Evidence for the Bible 6. Details/signs of second coming, resurrection == For the Teacher == Teaching the Bible is a wonderful privilege, challenging at times, but a rich experience and often very rewarding. To be effective, there are principles to keep in mind. Some which I've learned are below. God, through His Holy Spirit, is the real teacher for your students, and, as the teacher, we are servants communicating this amazing message. Avoid rushing or sharing everything at once. Keep lessons with a specific main point and don't deviate much from it. Questions which students have will be answered in future lessons. Silence is often a good thing! Don't worry if there is no-one talking. Leave some pauses in the lesson to give time for students to understand what is being said (especially if it's a bilingual situation). Encourage questions. As with any education, it is important to understand your students, and important to answer appropriately (or explain which future lessons it may be answered in) any questions they may have. Have a clean, quiet, comfortable place to study. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead the lesson. Be ready to change and adapt as necessary. We are all learning together, as teachers and students. You will learn things from your students. Every teacher is a student, and every student is a teacher. Study the way Jesus taught and shared with people and follow His example.
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