What’s in the Bible? // Main Street

01 In the Beginning

This past Sunday we kicked off another new year of Main Street @ Hayward Wesleyan Church.

As a number of you are aware, we have decided to immerse ourselves in a curriculum called: “What’s in the Bible?” which takes children on a chronological journey of the Bible. We are hoping that it will be a helpful and an intentional catechism (structured theological teaching) of sorts where students will learn the story of God and what He’s done for us.

My goal for the next two years is to keep parents informed about what their children are learning each week. The execution of that goal looks like me sending an email to parents each week and posting on our church website as well.

Here goes:

This past Sunday, “What’s in the Bible?” introduced the students to the basics of the Bible itself.

They learned that the Bible is not just one book but a collection of books. Additionally, the Bible is split into two parts: the Old Testament and the New Testament. A “testament” means promise, so the two parts of the Bible are split into two promises God made with His people.

We went deeper into the structure of the Bible:

  • Old Testament has 39 books in it,
  • while the New Testamet has 27.

Each testament is broken up into four sections.

The Old Testament has:

  1. Torah (Genesis thru Deut),
  2. Historical books (Joshua thru Esther),
  3. Wisdom literature (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs),
  4. and Prophetic accounts (Isaiah thru Malachi).

The New Testament has:

  1. Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John),
  2. Acts of the Apostles,
  3. Epistles (Romans thru Jude),
  4. and Apocalyptic (Revelation of John).

The students also got a little dose of church history from a pirate that discussed the extra books of the Old Testament that Catholic and Orthodox (Greek and Russian) Bibles have (called the Apocrypha).

There is a lot of learning going on with this curriculum. When the students go into their small groups, they do a recap of what they learned from the videos and the teachers guide the students to walk through their Bibles so they know how to navigate around. One of our goals is the Bible will not be an intimidating text for children, but there will be a familiarity and a comfort level with interacting with it. Another goal is that students will come to know who God is and what He has done and is doing for them. So while we are definitely on an educational track with the students here, it is also focused on a deeply spiritual level as well.

Looking forward to next week!

HWC Information

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10655 Nyman Ave
Hayward, WI 54843

ph: (715) 634-4613
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HWC Service Times

  • 8:00-8:45 a.m. MorningSong
  • 9:00 and 10:30am Services, nursery available
  • Youth & Children Ministry during the 10:30am service ONLY