The Word in Motion New Testament Bible curriculum takes the intimidation out of teaching Scripture by combining streaming video instruction with vibrant illustrations, fun-to-read narratives, engaging discussion questions, and memorable character profiles. From the events leading up to the birth of Jesus to the apocalyptic vision the Apostle John received on the island of Patmos, this course tells the story depicted in Scripture in an easy-to-follow, chronological format that equips your student to know, live out, and share the Word of God more. Developed in cooperation with Walk Thru The Bible, this curriculum also gets kids up and moving to help them remember the key people, places, and events from every book of the Bible!
Bible Curriculum Overview
When we offer our students opportunities to learn in different ways (including movement), abstract concepts click, and learning sticks in new ways. Each New Testament lesson incorporates multiple learning styles—seeing, hearing, moving, talking, and repeating—in a way that engages your student’s head, heart, and hands. And when they complete the course, students will be able to tell the story of God and His people using a series of keywords, memory verses, and hand motions.
There are 30 lessons in this course. Lessons 1–15 teach students the story of the New Testament, starting with the rise of the Roman Empire and culminating with the founding of the early church and the spread of the gospel to Asia and Europe:
- Lesson 1 Greece, Israel, and Rome
- Lesson 2 The Birth of Christ
- Lesson 3 Baptized and Tempted
- Lesson 4 Second Birth and the Woman at the Well
- Lesson 5 Rejection, Selection, Parables, and Miracles
- Lesson 6 Testimony of Peter and the Transfiguration
- Lesson 7 Counting, the Cost, Seeking the Lost, Lazarus, and Zacchaeus
- Lesson 8 Triumphal Entry, Temple Cleansing, and the Last Supper
- Lesson 9 Betrayed, Denied, Crucified, and Resurrected
- Lesson 10 Ascended, Spirit, and Community
- Lesson 11 Servant Leaders, Stephen Martyred, and Persecution
- Lesson 12 Philip’s Preaching, Paul’s Conversion, and Peter’s Vision
- Lesson 13 Law, Grace, and the Call
- Lesson 14 Building, Trials, and Rome
- Lesson 15 Apostles Speak and Wait for Christ
Lessons 16–30 familiarize students with each of the 27 books of the New Testament:
- Lesson 16 Matthew
- Lesson 17 Mark
- Lesson 18 Luke
- Lesson 19 John
- Lesson 20 Acts
- Lesson 21 1 & 2 Thessalonians and Galatians
- Lesson 22 1 & 2 Corinthians
- Lesson 23 Romans
- Lesson 24 Ephesians and Philippians
- Lesson 25 Colossians and Philemon
- Lesson 26 Hebrews
- Lesson 27 James
- Lesson 28 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus
- Lesson 29 1 & 2 Peter and Jude
- Lesson 30 1, 2 & 3 John and Revelation
Lesson Plans and Materials
As a parent, you guide your student through the New Testament coursework. We include a variety of teaching tools for you to leverage so you can do this with confidence. Teaching tools for this course include streaming video instruction, biblical narratives that tell the story in chronological order, discussion questions, character profiles, essential doctrines and apologetics, Scripture readings, full-color visual aids, an overview of every New Testament book, and insightful articles that bring to life many facets of biblical history and culture.
Engaging Video Lessons Included
Each lesson begins with a short video lesson lasting four to five minutes. Author and speaker Rachael Carman presents a brief introduction to the lesson, providing background, context, and a related Bible story. She will then demonstrate the motion or motions that go with the lesson. More motions are added with each video lesson so that, eventually, students will be able to present a 40-point outline of the entire New Testament complete with motions and keywords that help them remember each one.
Watch Lesson 1 of the free streaming video lessons that are included.
Key Word Memorization
A word or phrase is provided for each book of the Bible. This word helps the student to remember an important theme in the book.
Throughout each lesson in the curriculum, students will memorize passages from Scripture.
The narrative presents key people, places, events, and important themes of the passage(s) covered by this lesson, placing them within the context of the overarching story of the Bible, usually in the order the events happened. The narrative is conversational in tone and is designed to be read aloud by the parent.
Five discussion questions are provided to encourage thoughtfulness and discussion regarding the narrative and the people and events that were covered.
In-Depth Character Study
This is a one-page, first-person profile of a key Bible character told from the character’s perspective. Some of these profiles are funny, while others are dramatic or even tragic. Each profile covers important biblical events, lessons, and encounters with God as the people involved might have seen them. These are intended to help students understand that the Bible tells us about real-life events that involved real, flawed people.
Introduction to Apologetics
The content of the Word in Motion courses is non-denominational. However, basic doctrines and apologetics that have been historically agreed upon by the church are presented in each lesson. Among the doctrines discussed are the fall of man, sin nature, worship, idolatry, sabbath rest, miracles, repentance, God’s sovereignty, giving, the problem of evil, prophecy, redemption, and many others.
Focus on Prayer
Each lesson concludes with a prayer that touches on the themes discussed in the lesson. Students and families are encouraged to pray these prayers together or as individuals.