The Christian Worldview: A Memory Verse Curriculum - Post #1

Introduction

Milton V. Uecker, Ed.D.

Each time I teach Biblical Foundations for Curriculum at CIU the students develop a sampling of a worldview memory verse curriculum.  Since Christian school students should know the primary source for their worldview, it seems appropriate that they learn the answers to worldview questions by memory.   This will prepare them to give direct answers to an inquirer’s questions as to why they believe as they do and also provide the benchmark for evaluating content within disciplines.  There are many ways to organize this curriculum but the authors that will be sharing their work have organized their curriculum around four basic worldview questions---Reality, Knowledge (Truth), Man, and Value.  Within each category developmentally appropriate verses are selected.  The verses within each category are also linked to specific worldview questions.  Over the next three weeks the Lowrie Center will offer a sample of this year’s work.  Make note of the questions and the verses and you too can get started on developing a collection of memory verses that once learned will provide the foundation for a biblical worldview.  

Worldview Memory Verses

Barbara L. Smith

Columbia International University

February 1, 2014

Worldview Memory Verses

Posted with permission from author

What is Real?

Early Education

Who created the world?

Genesis 2:4b The Lord God made the Earth and the heavens.

 

Grade School

Who created the world and when was it created?

Genesis 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and the Earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the Earth and the heavens.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.

 

Middle School

Where did creation come from?

Revelation 4:11 Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created.

Psalm 100:3 Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He that made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.

 

High School

How was the earth created and filled?

Genesis 2:4-9, 18-23 These are the generations of the heavens and the Earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the Earth and the heavens. When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up-for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground-then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man He made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman because she was taken out of man.”

 

Worldview Memory Verses

What is Truth?

Early Education

Psalm 119:160a The sum of your word is truth.

 

Elementary Education

Psalm 119:160 The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

 

Middle School

John 8:32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

Ephesians 4:21 Assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus

 

High School

John 18:37-38b Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world-to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Worldview Memory Verses

Who is man?

 

Early Education

What is man’s purpose:

Exodus 9:16 But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.

 

Elementary Education

What is man’s purpose?

He is loved by God and though he has his own mind, God has a purpose for him:

Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in the mind of man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

Where did man originate?

Psalm 139:13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

 

Middle School

What is man’s condition?

Romans 5:1-8 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,  and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,  and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.  For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die- but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

High School

What is man’s nature?:

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.

Romans 6:1-11 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.  For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.  We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.  For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.  We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.  For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.  So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Daniel 12:2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

 

Worldview Memory Verses

What is of value?

 

Early Education

What should I do?

Leviticus 19:18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

 

Elementary School

What is good conduct?

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

 

Middle School

What is good conduct?

Romans 13:9-10 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is fulfilling of the law.

 

High School

Who forms the basis of ethical authority?

 Deuteronomy 6:1-9 “Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it,  that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son's son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long.  Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

 

Works Cited

Bible Gateway. (2014, February 1). Retrieved from Bibleway.com: http://www.biblegateway.com/

Crossway. (2001). The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. In Crossway, ESV Text Edition: 2011 (p. 678). Wheaton, Illinois, United States of America: Crossway.

 

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Boy, this author sure does require a lot of memorization for the upper levels.  That's not a bad think, of course, but whew! 

I wonder how much time this person would give to the students to memorize those longer verses: a week? a month? a quarter? a semester?

We require a lot of our students, but we try to make it fun. For example, in 1st grade we memorize John 3:14-21 over a three week period. We work on it daily in Bible time, explaining the words and meaning verse by verse. We say the verses, sing the verses, put motions to the verses, but most importantly, we make sure the students understand the verses in their hearts not just their heads. The preschool and Kindergarten students do one verse at a time, memorizing a new verse each week. For the older students, we do a new section of verses every 3-4 weeks. Just as we have students memorizing dates and events for history class, we have them learning Bible verses for Bible class...and occasionally for math class and history class and well, we try to incorporate God's Word into all we teach, so the students get the importance of how God is the creator of all things and His Word is applicable in all areas of our lives.  

There is a special beauty in knowing longer passages as part of the overall Bible Memory curriculum. 

Here at CIU our president asks students to join him in memorizing an entire book of the New Testament over the course of a year.  During a spring chapel President Jones by memory dramatically recites the entire book from memory as his message.  It is, in my opinion, one of the most powerful chapels each year---what great modelling. 

It is not any different than the English department assigning large portions of Romeo and Juliet or MacBeth ...or poetry to a student to memorize.  However long after Romeo and Juliet , MacBeth or some item of poetry has been erased from memory...God's Word will remain in the heart.

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