Cullman Christian School
2015-2016 Bible – Grades 7-9
Teacher – Eric Martin (256) 739-8724 Church Office
Classroom: Pastor’s Office – 7th Street Baptist
This year’s 7th–9th Bible class can be categorized into two primary areas of emphasis:
- Paul’s writings – The will highlight key New Testament themes found within the Apostle Paul’s writings and timeless Bible truths about the person and work of Christ to encourage obedient Christian living. We will also consider important geographic and biographical information that will help the student embrace Paul’s writings from a historical standpoint, and understand how Paul’s writings apply to the Christian living in the 21st
- Personal spiritual growth and development – The class will use devotional material to enrich the student’s spiritual life. The class will assist the student in pursuing intimacy with and conformity to Jesus Christ through personal spiritual disciplines such as Bible study, scripture memorization, and journaling.
***I will be teaching both 7th -9th grade and 10th-12th grade Bible classes this year. Both classes will study Paul’s writings. However, class discussion, assignments and workload will be age appropriate.
- The Bible – English Standard Version
- MacArthur, John; Truth for Today; A Daily Touch of God’s Grace. J Countryman Publishers, 2006 – 384 Pages.
In 2009, the Lord led me to develop a ministry website. At the time, I was pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Pinson, Tennessee. The website “Garland of Grace” served as a double reference to Proverbs 1:9 and my church family of “Grace.” As God led our family to Cullman, I chose to continue using this ministry site name. Students, you will use the site on a regular basis throughout the year to obtain homework, complete assignments etc. If you do not have access to a computer/internet please let me know and we can work something out. The class portal is a link on the menu bar at the top of the home page called “My CCS Bible Classes.”
Please note, the first time you log on, the website will ask for your name and e mail. Please only enter your first name and last name initial. This is simply a formality for the blog site to permit your discussion. You should only have to do this once at the beginning of the school year.
Grading Period Tests
There will be 4 major tests throughout the school year, one for each grading period. These tests will be based upon class discussion. These tests will be structured as follows; T/F, multiple choice, and discussion questions. Each test will only cover the material associated with that particular grading period timeframe. Each test will be 25% of your overall grade each grading period.
Tuesday Blog Discussion
Your personal response to the class blog discussion is due every Tuesday. Go to my ministry website, www.garlandofgrace.org At the top menu, go to: My CCS Bible Classes/7-9 Grade/Tuesday Blog Discussion
Read the assigned blog entry, and respond on the website by leaving a reply. Your response should only pertain to the blog. Remember that your peers will be able to see your responses. I encourage you to respond to your peers to stimulate conversation and discussion. Your entry must be keyed in by 7:30 A.M. on Tuesday. You are not permitted to log on the internet during school hours. Your Tuesday blog discussion is 15% of your grade for each grading period.
Wednesday Scripture Memory Quizzes
You will be required to memorize 1 Bible verse per week. Each verse falls in 1 of 5 theological categories; God, Sin, Atonement, Conversion and Eternal Life. At the beginning of class each Wednesday, you will write out the verse in its entirety (on a blank sheet of paper) along with the reference and translation used. You will use the English Standard Version Translation. There are 8 verses per grading period (a total of 32 verses in the school year). For each grading period, you will be allowed to replace your lowest quiz score with a score of 100%. This is to demonstrate the beauty of grace, and serve as an encouragement the student. J The memory verse average quiz score will be 15% of the overall grade for each grading period. Each quiz will be graded on a scale of 0 to 100. Five points will be deducted for each error. Errors are defined as omitted words, added words, adjusted words, and replaced words. The scriptures are listed on my ministry website, www.garlandofgrace.org At the top menu, go to: My CCS Bible Classes/7-9 Grade/Wednesday Scripture Memory
Spiritual Journal Entries
You will have the opportunity to practice the personal spiritual discipline of journaling. During the course of the year, you will write 32 journal entries which will be a reflection of your thoughts pertaining to various assigned topics. Your Spiritual Journal Entries are due on the dates below.
- Grading Period 1 – Due October 5th
- Grading Period 2– Due December 7th
- Grading Period 3 – Due March 7th
- Grading Period 4 – Due May 9th
To find the Spiritual Journal Entry topics, go to my ministry website, www.garlandofgrace.org At the top menu, go to: My CCS Bible Classes/7-9 Grade/Journal Entry Topics
You will turn in 8 spiritual journal entries each grading period. Again, there are 8 journal entries due per grading period (a total of 32 journal entries in the school year). Each of your journal entries should be between five and ten sentences long. Your spiritual journal entries are 20% of the overall grade for each grading period. On a personal note, I want you to see this project as a blessing not a burden! I want you to taste and see that the Lord is Good (Psalm 34:8).
Class Participation, Conduct, and Bibles
You are encouraged to participate in the classroom discussions (10% of Grade). Your conduct will play a significant role pertaining to your glass grade. You are to pay attention in class and honor the Lord with your classroom behavior. Classroom behavioral policies are CCS behavioral policies (10% of Grade). You are to bring your bible to class each day (5% of Grade).
Your grade for each grading period will be based upon 7 areas.
- Grading period tests – 25%
- Tuesday Blog Discussion– 15%
- Wednesday Scripture memory – 15%
- Spiritual journal – 20%
- Class participation – 10%
- Conduct – 10%
- Brought Bibles – 5%
A Personal Note to the Students
I want each of you to know what an honor and privilege it is for me to be part of your educational journey. I am very thankful for the opportunity, and I look forward to our time together this school year. The Lord has allowed our paths to cross together this school year for such a time as this (Esther 4:14). With this in mind, let’s take advantage of every opportunity that the Lord gives us together to go deeper into His Word. I want you to relish in the goodness of God and seek Him with all of your heart. Years from now you will not remember all of the assignments we completed during the course of the school year, but I pray that our time together is etched upon your memory in the years to come…
Soli Deo Gloria,
Pastor Eric Martin