Friday, January 14, 2011

Positive Action for Christ TOS Product Review


Positive Action For Christ
P.O. Box 700
Whitakers, NC 27891
(800) 688-3008

Positive Action for Christ seeks to supply Bible study materials that teach the heart as well as the head. Because knowledge alone cannot change a child, we strive to equip teachers to magnify the majesty of God before their students.

Bible study curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Life of Christ
From the Gospel of John

Student Manual: $17.95
Teacher's Manual: $41.95
Teacher's Manual on DVD: $29.95


As stated by Positive Action for Christ...

To many people Christ is merely a historical fact, rather than a living, personal reality. We know that Christ lived, and we know much about what He did; however, even we as Christians seldom experience His presence as we should.

The purpose of The Life of Christ from the Gospel of John is to make Jesus Christ real to your students. Our hope as you journey through this material is that your students will not only know Jesus more, but also love Him more.

If one can judge a product by the way it's packaged, both the outside packaging and the inside packaging, then we knew we had something special the moment it arrived. Positive Action for Christ made an impact on me just by the way they represent themselves and the One to whom all of their materials are meant to glorify. Beautiful. God-Honoring. High-Quality. Professional.

I will start by saying that I have taught Sunday school for many, many years. I have taught my own children since they were very young, even as they memorized entire Psalms, Proverbs, and selections of scripture as gifts to their father for Christmas and Easter. I remember during our first several years of home-schooling, I used a character-building curriculum that based each character trait on a memorized Bible verse. I can remember looking at some of the passages I was to read to them and I would tell the Lord, "This is your Word. You said it and I believe it, but you are going to have to do the work to help my children understand." Some of it was heavy stuff! But you know, I always found God to be faithful.

This Bible study on The Life of Christ is not fluff. Actually, the Scope and Sequence is vast. But, once again, I am finding the Lord to be faithful as we sit together each morning and study The Life of Christ. Do we actually think for one moment that the Lord will not answer our prayers when we ask for our hearts and minds to better understand and live out His Word in our lives each day? Of course not!

Here's a little snapshot from the scope and sequence...

In Lesson 1 we are introduced to John. The aim of the lesson is to reveal the unique characteristics of the Gospel and to compare John with other Gospels. The Life Application is seeing Christ as more than a man and to learn how to see themes in Scripture.

In Lesson 14 (John 5:17-47) we prove Christ's deity. The aim of the lesson is to explain the witnesses to and proofs of Christ's deity and to show that faith saves, not knowledge. The Life Application is knowing the Christ of the Bible, not just the facts of the Bible and recognizing that our obedience (or lack of it) demonstrates who we are.

In Lesson 29 (John 14:1-31) we learn Christ's last words and promises. The aim of the lesson is to show what great things God can accomplish through us, to explain the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and to contrast the world's peace with that which Christ offers. The Life Application is living in confidence in light of the reality of Christ's promises, praying faithfully, and expecting to see God's power.

The student's manual includes:

•Content age-appropriate for middle school or high school
•Illustrations and notes from the teacher's lesson
•An introductory section with reading and homework to be completed in advance
•Additional student research for each lesson
•A Digging Deeper section with further ideas for expanding each lesson
•A recommended reading list
•Original artwork to introduce each lesson
•Full-color pages with charts, maps, and photos
•8 x 10 inch size
•277 pages

The teacher's manual includes:

•35 lessons (one lesson per week)
•Plans for 3, 4, or 5-day a week Bible classes
•Full copy of student's manual with answers
•Reproducible quizzes and unit tests that use a variety of testing techniques
•Overhead transparency masters
•342 pages

In Lesson 3 we learned about the geographical and political situation at the time of Christ's ministry. You have probably read these verses many times before:

John 4:54-5:1
This was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed, having come from Judea to Galilee. Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews.

Well, when we studied the terrain and geography where Jesus walked from Judea to Galilee and then went up to Jerusalem, it made quite an impact to learn that Jesus walked about 90 miles over coastal plains and hills to get to his destinations. That's about how far we drive to church and back! The climate varies so much that when snow is falling in Jerusalem, only ten miles away tourists might be baking under the sun in 90-degree temperatures at the Dead Sea!

These are the kinds of things that help bring the Bible to life. Pictures have been painted in our mind's eye that will long stay with us.

In addition, each lesson has a corresponding quiz as well as unit tests. I wondered how well my students would remember everything they learned in such a short amount of time, including the Bible verses they memorized with each lesson. Teaching the Bible Descriptively, Dramatically, and Devotionally really helps God's truth become real. I have been amazed at what we have learned and remembered!

As you can tell, I'm pretty excited about Positive Action for Christ's bible study on The Life of Christ. We are learning so much and plan on continuing our lessons long after this review has been posted. Needless to say, I highly recommend this Bible study. If you find the cost of the Teacher's Manual a bit pricey ($41.95), the Teacher's Manual on DVD for $29.95 would work quite well and might even be easier to use than the 3-ring binder.

Positive Action for Christ exists to equip Bible teachers to magnify the majesty of God by publishing God-focused Bible curricula and resources that will dazzle the next generation with His glory and grace.

To learn more about Positive Action Bible Curriculum, click here and here.

I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2010-2011 Crew and receive free products and services in exchange for a thorough and honest review. Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews. My reviews will always reflect my honest opinions, findings, beliefs and experiences on the products and services that I receive.

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