Excerpt from Bible Lessons on the Creed
That the truths expressed in the Creed are of importance for a child to know is hardly open to question. The Creed is a summary of the Gospel story, a brief statement of the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ. This we propose to take as the theme which our course shall endeavor to bring home to the children. And as the basis of each lesson we propose to take a passage of the Bible, so chosen as to set' forth in order the great ways in which God has made himself known as the God of love. The theme of each lesson is, therefore, a certain aspect of the central theme of the course, and is, at the same time, definite and complete in itself. In the development of each lesson we aim to keep close to the revelation recorded in the Bible, and in the course as a whole to give prominence, as the Creed does, to those great facts in the life of Jesus Christ by which he is made manifest and God the Father is fully revealed through him. Thus the Bible supplies the sources for all our teaching.
The method of preparation and teaching here proposed is described under the heading How to Teach the Creed, and worked out in the following pages. How the children are expected to prepare the lessons is shown by the Outline for Pupils, to which the present Lessons correspond. Whether the method is practical and adapted for general use can be determined only by a fair trial. It has, at least, been planned and developed with the advice and cooperation of skilled teachers, and it is now offered to the Church only after being tested and improved by seven years' use. The Outline was printed in a simpler form in 1898, and helps for the teachers were prepared in manuscript. They both have been used since that time in St. Mark's Sunday-school, Washington. If the method has value, the credit is due to the teachers of St. Mark's; for it could have been worked out only by their intelligent and faithful cooperation, acknowledgment of which is most thankfully made.
Too great emphasis can hardly be laid on the fact that this book is not intended to supply ready-made lessons. It aims to give material for the teacher to use, and to present it in such a manner that good lessons can readily be pre pared. But it is purposely arranged in such a way that the material is not available for teaching in its present form. T 0 use it you must make the material your own, think the lesson through, and plan how you will teach it in class.
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