As faith and application is personal, students will come to apply Scripture over the course of time as they grow in their relationship with God. Overarching themes in our Bible program, Purposeful Design by ACSI, are key to the development of a Christian worldview. Per the scope and sequence of the Purposeful Design program, elementary children learn how to access scripture and recall Bible verses related to the following overarching themes:
- God tells us His story through the Bible.
- God’s word is truth.
- God loves everyone.
- Everyone needs to come to a saving faith in Jesus.
- Christ-like behavior, evangelism, ministry and stewardship are all applications of spiritual growth in Christ.
- Bible study, prayer, and worship are disciplines for spiritual growth.
- Students need to know and understand spiritual concepts.
– In Preschool, we focus on familiar Bible truths that emphasize God’s love. Beginning with creation, children learn about relationships, kindness, compassion through Bible stories where God’s love toward individuals or groups of people is evident. Kindergarten
– In Kindergarten, the focus shifts slightly to God’s loving care. Using familiar Bible stories, children grow in knowledge and understanding of relationships, faith, courage, prayer and listening to God. First Grade
– A more in-depth understanding of God’s relationships with people is gained by exploring God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, salvation, trust and obedience through familiar Bible stories. Second Grade
– Students study character traits of various people in the Bible and apply those truths to their personal lives. The importance of listening to God, obedience, loyalty, and selflessness key concepts.Third Grade
– Students study and learn about the life of Christ, the early church, and missions. Learning about Jesus from the cradle to the cross, children focus on God’s lesson for us through the life of Jesus, especially through His messages to believers and non-believers, miracles, and actions. Fourth Grade
– Students learn about basic doctrines, including:
- The Bible is truth.
- The Bible is inspired.
- The Bible endures.
- God is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent.
- We are created in God’s Image.
- We are sinners and there are consequences for sin.
- God extends salvation to us by grace and through faith.
- Salvation is in Christ alone.
– Studies in the Old Testament emphasize choices and consequences, as well as personal application in life, is the focus of Bible instruction. Students learn more about how the consequences of the choices made by Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Saul, David and others in the Old Testament are applicable to us today.