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Bible Benchmarks: Lesson 3

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Advent Christian Academy is an online gathering space where children can grow in biblical literacy and catechism knowledge. The Advent provides three lessons per week that include a Bible reading from our Bible Benchmarks resource, video instruction, an engaging worksheet, and links to music from New City Catechism. These 30-minute lessons enable families to offer their children Christian education at home.

All Bible Benchmarks lessons are full of wonderful biblical instruction for all who engage with them and if you landed on this page, you’re welcome to proceed with this lesson. If you’d like to start at the beginning of the Bible and follow the series, click here to view Lesson 1 and click here to view Lesson 2

Bible Benchmarks Lesson 3: Genesis 3

I. Know the Bible! (Biblical Literacy)

Materials
ACA Lesson Plan
Bible Benchmarks Curriculum 
Your Bible
ACA Worksheet
A computer, tablet, or other device that will allow you to  watch videos with parental supervision

Step #1: Watch Introduction Video

Step #2: Read Bible Benchmarks summary for Reading #3 (Genesis 3 – The Fall) found on Page 16 in the Bible Benchmarks curriculum. 

Step #3 – Read Genesis 3 in your Bible or with an adult. 

Step #4 Download and complete this worksheet

Cool Bonus Exercise: Watch this YouTube video about Genesis 1-11 from the Bible Project. It is better suited for older students. It has great graphics! 

II. Know the Truth! (Catechism Training)

Step #1 – Read the question below and answer below out loud. 

Question: How many persons are there in God? 
Answer: There are three persons in One God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Step #2 – Listen to and memorize the song for Question 3 below. 

Stay tuned to the Advent Blog for additional lessons as they become available. 

Bible Benchmarks: Lesson 2

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Advent Christian Academy is an online gathering space where children can grow in biblical literacy and catechism knowledge. The Advent provides three lessons per week that include a Bible reading from our Bible Benchmarks resource, video instruction, an engaging worksheet, and links to music from New City Catechism. These 30-minute lessons enable families to offer their children Christian education at home.

All Bible Benchmarks lessons are full of wonderful biblical instruction for all who engage with them and if you landed on this page, you’re welcome to proceed with this lesson. If you’d like to start at the beginning of the Bible and follow the series, click here to view Lesson 1.

Bible Benchmarks Lesson 2: Genesis 2

I. Know the Bible! (Biblical Literacy)

Materials
ACA Lesson Plan
Bible Benchmarks Curriculum 
Your Bible
ACA Worksheet
A computer, tablet, or other device that will allow you to  watch videos with parental supervision

Step #1: Watch Introduction Video

Step #2: Read Bible Benchmarks summary for Reading #2 (Genesis 2 – God Creates Man and Woman) found on Page 14 in the Bible Benchmarks curriculum. 

Step #3 – Read Genesis 2 in your Bible. 

Step #4 Download and complete this worksheet

Cool Bonus Exercise: Watch this YouTube video about Genesis 1-11 from the Bible Project. It is better suited for older students. It has great graphics! 

II. Know the Truth! (Catechism Training)

Step #1 – Read the question below and answer below out loud. 

Question: What is God? 
Answer: God is the creator of everyone and everything. 

Step #2 – Listen to and memorize the song for Question 2 below. 

Ready to keep going? Click here for Bible Benchmarks Lesson 3

Worship: Week of March 29

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Lectionary:
Psalm 130
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45

Due to COVID-19, we will not gather in person to worship for the remainder of March and April. We will gather via livestream for worship at 9:00 a.m. and for the Dean’s Class immediately following. Livestream details are included below and this video explains how the livestream worship process will work on the Sundays in which we gather online. 

9:00 a.m.  Morning Prayer
Preaching: Dean Pearson

Click here to listen live (streaming begins at 8:55 a.m. on Sunday morning).
Click here to learn more about options related to your livestream experience

Bulletins

Sunday School 

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The Power of Simplicity

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Advent Canon Matt Schneider wrote the below article for Matthias Media. Reposting with permission. 

For several years I’ve been asking what I could learn from overseas missionaries to apply to my ministry context in North America. It took a while, but over the last year I’ve finally arrived at some solid answers. One tool at the heart of cross-cultural work around the world is what many people call discovery Bible study (DBS).

The generic approach of DBS likely goes by many names, but common to these methods is discovering the meaning and application of passages through stock questions rather than depending on a leader who teaches. I’ve found this approach to be counterintuitive and against the grain of my Western upbringing, which relies heavily on learning content. Many long-time Christians I study together with using DBS have also had to un-learn some common values and habits. But once we finally get to the place of discovery, DBS has had a lot of power. I’ve seen several people who were not believers come to faith through DBS, and I’ve seen believers set goals that help them grow as disciples, including taking what they’re learning to share with others.

This simple study tool is being used to catalyze multiplying movements in places like Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere (even Australia and the United States). These are countries that have seen millions of people come to faith and hundreds of thousands of new churches start. The story that caught my attention the most is that of Ying Kai. He and his wife Grace catalyzed a movement with an unreached people group in China that has now seen over a million people baptized and around one hundred and fifty thousand new churches started in just the last twenty years—with the DBS format below as a central component.

A common way many people structure DBS is in a ‘three-thirds’ format that looks something like what I’ve outlined here. Not every practitioner uses this exact terminology, but an approach like this can be helpful for memorizing a simple structure and some basic questions to ask each time:

< Look back
Care: What are you thankful for? What are you worried about? Do you or anyone you know have any needs we could help meet? Lovingly pray for each other based on what you’ve just discussed. 
Goal check-in: Did you do what you said you would do last time? Have you shared what you’re learning with anyone? If you’re having trouble, how could we help you meet these goals?
Vision casting: Briefly look at a verse of Scripture that reminds the group of the gospel, the great commission, or another encouraging topic from the Bible.  

^ Look up
New lesson: Read a new Bible passage together (it can help to read it twice in different translations).
Discover: Is there anything you don’t understand or find difficult about the passage? What does this passage teach us about God/Jesus? What does this passage teach us about people? What does this passage teach us about the life God desires for us?  

^ Look ahead
Set goals: Take a few minutes to silently pray about the following questions. If this is God speaking to you through this passage, what will you do about it? With whom could you share what you are learning? Write your answers down and share with the group.
Practice: Based on the goals you just set, break up into pairs or groups of three to practice achieving your goals by role playing a difficult conversation, facing a temptation, retelling the story of today’s passage in your own words, sharing a gospel presentation, or training someone in what you are learning.
Prayer and commission: Pray for your group’s goals and commission everyone.

There’s more to learn and details to work out, but for now you might give it a try with another person or a group—including inviting non-believers to read the Bible with you. Just make sure you give equal weight to each of the thirds. For example, if you meet for 75 minutes, dedicate about 25 minutes to each third. Don’t skip the first and final third. A natural temptation is to emphasize the middle third, but the power of seeing people come to faith and grow often lies in the commitments they make in the final third and then lovingly checking in with each other in the first third next time. (Note that for this reason you cannot do ‘goal check-in’ until your second meeting and beyond, so skip it the first time.)

DBS is what many people are using to lead others to faith and help them grow in refugee camps in Greece, in prisons in Texas, in retirement communities in Alabama, in Sheikh households in Sydney, in factories in China, in shanty towns in South Africa, and so on. Millions of people! When I heard that so many people were coming to faith and growing this way, I dropped much of what I was doing and started trying DBS—and I’m witnessing God transform many lives through one very simple yet powerful tool.

Click here to see how the DBS format describes above works in a Family Sunday School setting. 

Update: April Plans

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Dear Adventers,

 

Bishop Sloan released a statement on March 23 in which he provided the pastoral guidance that we suspend corporate worship and other gatherings until May 1.  As hard a decision as this is, I believe it to be the right one.  

This means that we will not be able to gather together for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, or Easter, and our Lenten Lunches ministry will not resume in 2020 (Lenten Preaching sermons will continue to broadcast every weekday through the end of the season).  Your communications team and clergy are working hard to ensure that these services continue and will be available to you via our website and other platforms.  

 

Ministry has changed, not ceased.  To that end, we are going to have to change the way we do things at the Advent.  As much a blessing as livestreaming our 9:00 meeting and Dean’s Class is, it is not enough.  And so, we are making the necessary adjustments to communicate the gospel to you in these extraordinary times.  What will this look like?

 

Some years ago, I read a book called The Trellis and the Vine that asked, prophetically, what a church would do if all Sunday gatherings and weekday activities were suspended.  The book’s authors, Tony Payne and Colin Marshall, sought to encourage churches to think beyond a service-oriented model to one that puts a premium on one-to-one discipleship and speaking God’s word directly to one another.  In a word, a New Testament model for ministry.  

 

Over the past few years, the Advent has attempted to respond to this call, equipping our folks to minister the gospel wherever God has placed them.  As such, in light of the cancellation of any public gatherings, the Advent has an advantage over many other churches, but necessity requires that we accelerate the implementation of this type of ministry.

 

To that end, the Advent will be adopting a different pattern of doing church in order to better minister to one another. We are forming a team of 100 Shepherds who will be responsible for pastoring a smaller Flock of Adventers.  As a Shepherd, they will be the pastoral point person for your flock.  They will exercise a “word ministry” to you by calling you, praying with you, sharing God’s word with you, and leading you.  

 

Beyond the 100 Shepherds, we are setting aside 10 Superintendents to each minister to their own group of 10 Shepherds.  In turn, the clergy will be ministering to the Superintendents, as well as handling any unusual issues that may arise.  This does not mean you will not have access to the clergy; it simply means that in these times, we have to function differently as a church.  

 

Craig Smalley, Bethany Rushing, and Katherine Jacob will serve as leaders of our Servant Ministry.  They will handle all “mercy ministries,” as needs of the Flocks arise that may be beyond the capability of the individual Shepherds. In addition, the Servants will be the folks to talk to if someone wants to volunteer to help others who are particularly vulnerable (i.e. grocery runs, yard work, etc.). Please continue watching this space for details as this ministry continues to develop and send us an email if you have any questions. 

 

Brothers and sisters, this is a Kairos moment: a moment of decision where God has opened an extraordinary door.  God, give us the courage to walk through it, that your people would grow deeper in their understanding of who they are in you and that those who do not know you would come to know you.  

 

Now is not the time for trepidation. It is God’s will that we are called here, “for such a time as this,” and we respond to him by seeking his face, walking in his ways, and doing what he has called us to do.    

 

Jesus is on his throne, the Lord of Hosts (heavenly Armies). Let us respond with confidence to his call upon us: “with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace” and taking up “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” For he is on our side, and no weapon formed against us shall prosper.  

 

I join you in this gospel fight,

Andrew

P.S. Your financial support during this season makes gospel ministry possible. Please click here to learn more about giving options

Dr. Milner Staub on COVID-19

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Dr. Milner Owens, an infectious disease specialist, joined Dean Andrew Pearson by video on Friday, March 20 to discuss COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus), how viruses work, and how we can love our neighbors by taking proper health safety precautions. 

For more information about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control click here. For more information about the Advent’s response during this season, click here

Bible Benchmarks: Lesson 1

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Advent Christian Academy is an online gathering space where children can grow in biblical literacy and catechism knowledge. The Advent provides three lessons per week that include a Bible reading from our Bible Benchmarks resource, video instruction, an engaging worksheet, and links to music from New City Catechism. These 30-minute lessons enable families to offer their children Christian education at home.

Bible Benchmarks Lesson 1: Genesis 1

I. Know the Bible! (Biblical Literacy)

Materials
ACA Lesson Plan
Bible Benchmarks Curriculum 
Your Bible
ACA Worksheet
A computer, tablet, or other device that will allow you to  watch videos with parental supervision

Step #1: Watch Introduction Video

Step #2: Read Bible Benchmarks summary for Reading #1 (Genesis 1 – God Creates The World) found on Page 13 in the Bible Benchmarks curriculum. 

Step #3 – Read Genesis 1 in your Bible. 

Step #4 Download and complete this worksheet

Cool Bonus Exercise: Watch this YouTube video about Genesis 1-11 from the Bible Project. It is better suited for older students. It has great graphics! 

II. Know the Truth! (Catechism Training)

Step #1 – Read the question below and answer below out loud. 

Question: What is our only hope in life and death? 
Answer: That we are not our own but belong to God. 

Step #2 – Listen to and memorize the song for Question 1 below. 

Family Sunday school: March 22

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Here in our first full week of the “Corona Crisis” we are experiencing so many feelings and spending lots of time together as a family. We hope that Family Sunday School this week may be a time where God feeds your family’s soul through his Word and Spirit. 

A hope is these Family Sunday School classes may give your family some experience and a pattern for family worship and spiritual connection that continues when life returns to normal down the road.

The following is lesson structure so that your family can have “Family Sunday School” together. Parents, I know this may be a touch intimidating, but it’s worth it. The following lesson plan should make it relatively easy to facilitate Family Sunday School as a group in thirty minutes or less. 

Preparatory Resources

  1. 3/3’s Method for Family Worship  – Canon Matt Schneider has provided this format to use as the structure for Family Sunday School. The first page provides some principles; the second page is the actual lesson. Obviously, you can pick and choose the elements you would like to use.
  2. Teaching on the 3/3’s Method for Family Worship – Canon Schneider taught two classes on family worship and the 3/3’s Method in our Faith and Family class in February. You can access these resources at the following links:

Class #1 – February 9 
Class #2 – February 16 

As you go through Family Sunday School, refer to the 3/3’s Method PDF. Below, I have included some helpful resources to supplement the method, such as music for the praise section and a video to introduce the Bible passage and series. 

Step #1: Look Back
Refer to the recommended practices in “Step #1 – Look Back” in the 3/3’s Method PDF. In addition to prayer and sharing, this section includes an option to sing songs, among others. Sometimes it can be awkward to sing acapella. Linked below are two familiar songs to Advent families with audio and lyrics on the video. Play it loud! It makes it less awkward to sing out!

Song #1 – In Christ Alone
Song #2 – Abide With Me (Skip to 0:33 seconds to avoid some random commentary)
Song #3 – It Is Well My Soul

If you have younger children:
Song #1 – Jesus Loves Me
Song #2 – God Made Me 

Step #2: Look Up

We’re currently working through a series, “Trusting God in Scary Times.” Each Bible passage will relate to one key attribute of God that enables us to trust him in times of fear: His goodness, sovereignty, and favor. For Family Sunday School, we want you, as a group, to read and analyze the passage. 

Today’s passage, Psalm 115, talks about the sovereignty of God — his total control — at all times. Use the questions on the right to dig into the content but use the questions Step #2 – Look Up – for personal application, which is most important. 

The linked video gives an introduction to the series and some background on this psalm. 

Passage: 
1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
2 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”
3 Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.
4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.
5 They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see.
6 They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell.
7 They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat.
8 Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.
9 O Israel, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.
10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.
11 You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.
12 The LORD has remembered us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron;
13 he will bless those who fear the LORD, both the small and the great.
14 May the LORD give you increase, you and your children!
15 May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth!
16 The heavens are the LORD’s heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of man.
17 The dead do not praise the LORD, nor do any who go down into silence.
18 But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and forevermore.
Praise the LORD!

Questions on the passage:
V1 – What are the two reasons to give glory to God in V1?
V2 – What question do “the nations” / non-believers ask?
V3 – What does it mean that God is in heaven, He does all that he pleases? What is this comforting?
V4-8 – How are the idols described in these verses?
V9-11 – What is Israel called to do in these verses? What is the reassurance they are given who God is? 
V12-13 – What will God do for his people?
V15-16 – What do these verses say about God’s power? How does this give us comfort in tough times? 
V18 – How does the psalm end? How is the ending like the beginning? 

 Step #3 — Look Ahead

You can finish up the lesson with the content on Step #3 — Look Ahead — of the 3/3’s Method PDF. 

Click here to access this lesson as a PDF

Livestream Worship Options

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As we continue gathering for livestream worship on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. the Advent Communications team is highly interested in helping provide as engaging an experience as possible. We learn more each week about what works well (and what doesn’t) and we plan to continue making necessary adjustments to facilitate our services well during this season we find ourselves in.

Each Sunday, we will provide livestreams of both our 9:00 a.m. service and the Dean’s Class. These services will be streamed on our website, using Facebook’s Live feature, and on Twitter. Feel free to tune in on whatever platform works best for you and if you experience issues on one of these channels, please try one of the others.

Beginning Sunday, March 22, we will have PDF bulletins available for adults, older children, and younger children, all of which may be found on our Worship this Week page. The bulletins for children provide activities to keep our younger members engaged during the worship service before Family Sunday School begins. Bulletins may be found each week on our Worship this Week page.

If you’d like to have both the service and the bulletin available to you at the same time, the easiest way to do this is to stream the service on one device (examples: smart TV or computer screen) and then also use a second device to follow the bulletin (examples: smart phones or tablets). If a single screen works best, these links can show you how to open multiple browser screens at once: on a Mac, on an iPad, and on most PC systems. If you’d like device-specific information, try entering this phrase into Google “how to split screen on _______” and fill in the blank with your device name.

If you have additional questions regarding how to access the worship service now answered above, please don’t hesitate to reach out by email to Communications@CathedralAdvent.com

Worship: Week of March 22

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Lectionary:
Psalm 23
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

Due to COVID-19, we will not gather in person to worship on March 15, 22, or 29. We will gather via livestream for worship at 9:00 a.m. and for the Dean’s Class immediately following. Livestream details are included below and this video explains how the livestream worship process will work on the following Sundays. 

9:00 a.m.  Morning Prayer
Preaching: Dean Pearson

Click here to listen live (streaming begins at 8:55 a.m. on Sunday morning).
Click here to learn more about options related to your livestream experience

Bulletins

Sunday School 

Click here to listen to previously recorded sermons and classes >>>

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