Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Engraving Heavenly Truths – Survey of the New Testament

In an effort to standardize our children’s Bible class curriculum here at Alhambra Church of Christ, our unofficial minister of children’s education purchased the Engraving Heavenly Truths Series, put out by D. L. Woods Publications, that came highly recommended by another congregation. The EHT Series is a four-year systematic study of the Bible and Church doctrines, designed for flexible use with any age group.

The curriculum is really bare bones. The foundation is actually a flashcard packet of “facts” to memorize (like a catechism) and a booklet containing content outlines with some additional details and verses. The wording is designed to be consistent with the Authorized Version of the Bible (called the King James Version) and its modern update, the New King James Version (NKJV). There are some supplemental materials available, but most of the responsibility for creating the lesson and suitable activities rests with the teacher. This explains why the writers suggest devoting the previous quarter to course preparation.

Right now, our children are working on EHT-1, Survey of the Old Testament with another teacher, and I’ll be heading up EHT-2, Survey of the New Testament during the second quarter, beginning in April. (Our year begins in January, not September like most congregations.) As I’m preparing over the next couple of months and then teaching, I’ll be blogging my thoughts about the curriculum. I hope that these upcoming blog posts are informative for my readers, especially those who might be considering using EHT.