Why is the Bible important today?
The Bible is God’s word, preserved through the ages to help us learn about God, His plan for our lives, and His love for the world.
History of the Bible
Trace the development of the Bible from oral traditions to print. (1)
Identify the major events that led to the translation of the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into English. (1)
Determine that the Bible was written by many people but inspired by God. (1)
Outline ways that God has protected His Word throughout history. (1)
Organization of the Bible
Memorize the books of the Bible in order and locate specific Bible passages by book, chapter, and verse. (1)
Distinguish between various genres of writing in the Bible (e.g., parables, prophecy, history, letters). (1)
Identify the central theme of the Bible as the unfolding story of God’s love for us and His plan to save the world through His Son Jesus. (1, 4, 9, 10)
Bible Study Skills
Make personal connections between Bible study and its application to daily living. (1, 8, 11)
Refer to details and examples when explaining a Bible passage or drawing inferences. (8)
Make connections between prayer and Bible study. (11)
Determine the main idea of a Bible passage and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the passage and share with others. (8)
Memorize passages of Scripture. (1)
Summarize what selected Bible passages reveal about God and identify their practical applications for daily life. (1, 8, 11)
Make connections between a Bible passage, personal experience, and other reading/viewing selections. (8, 11)
Select a personal Bible and develop the habit of reading it regularly. (1, 8, 11)
Explore the cultural and geographical contexts of Bible passages. (1)
Use secondary resources (e.g., Bible dictionary, concordance), both print and digital, to aid in interpreting Bible passages. (1)
Participate in collaborative discussions about Bible passages. (1)
How does a Biblical worldview help me answer life’s big questions—where did I come from, why am I here, and
where am I going?
The Bible reveals a loving God who created the world, continues to sustain it even though it departed from His ideal plan,
and provides for the redemption and ultimate restoration of humanity.
Identify the Godhead as the eternal and self-existent Creator of all living things. (2-6)
Outline God’s original plan for an orderly, perfect universe that operates on His law of love. (6)
Describe the events of Creation week in sequential order. (6, 20, 23)
Summarize the importance of Sabbath, marriage, and family in the context of Creation. (6, 19, 20, 23)
Explain what it means to be created in the image of God (e.g., creative abilities, power of choice). (2, 6, 7, 23)
Determine why we were created to be a part of God’s family. (6)
Illustrate how Creation demonstrates God’s love for us and establishes His plan for how we should love Him, serve one another, and care for the Earth. (6, 21)
Trace the origin of sin in the universe including Lucifer’s self-exaltation, rebellion, declaration of war on God, and expulsion from Heaven. (8)
Identify Satan, not God, as the author of all suffering and evil in the world (8)
Provide evidence that God had a plan for redemption before sin began and continues to love us in spite of our sin. (8, 9)
Use evidence to explain why God permitted Satan to live and challenge His authority, and why bad things happen to everyone. (8)
Describe how the Great Controversy is the conflict between good and evil that began in Heaven and was continued on Earth. (8, 26)
Explain the difference between temptation and sin. (8, 9, 26)
Find evidence from the Bible that Jesus died for all of us, because of our infinite value to Him, to fulfill the plan of redemption developed before Creation. (8, 9)
Recognize the value of accepting Jesus as a personal Savior who paid the penalty for sin so that all can choose to be saved and spend eternity with Him in Heaven. (9, 10)
Explain the sanctuary service and its overarching illustration of the plan of salvation. (10, 11, 24)
Trace the plan of redemption through the Old Testament (e.g., the Exodus, laws, sanctuary, covenant). (1, 19, 20)
Summarize the tests of a prophet and provide examples of how prophets reminded people of God’s plan for their redemption. (17, 18)
Retell the major events in the life of Jesus (e.g., birth, life, death, resurrection) and determine how they relate to the plan of salvation. (9, 10, 11)
Summarize what the teachings of Jesus tell us about the character of God and the kingdom of Heaven. (3, 4)
Explain the meanings of the symbols of redemption (e.g., baptism, communion, foot washing, the cross, etc.). (15, 16)
Discuss how humans were perfect before sin, and that God wants to re-create all who choose to follow Him. (6, 7, 8)
Articulate that one of God’s purposes for us is to be witnesses of His love. (22)
Examine and demonstrate the Fruit of the Spirit. (5, 11, 17, 22)
Survey the events that will culminate in Jesus’ Second Coming and eternal life in Heaven. (13, 19, 24, 25)
Outline the Three Angels’ messages that go to the world before Jesus’ Second Coming. (13)
Explore the rewards of Jesus’ Second Coming as a fulfillment of His promises to His followers. (13, 25)
Use Biblical support to clarify that death is like a sleep. (25, 26)
Describe how God will end sin, re-create the Earth, and restore those who love Him to their original moral and physical perfection, thus demonstrating His character of love to the universe for eternity. (8, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28)
What does it mean to have a relationship with God and why is such a relationship important?
We build a relationship with God by including Him in our daily lives so we are happy and productive on Earth and prepared
to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.
Knowledge of God
Identify the three members of the Godhead and compare their individual roles. |
(2, 3, 4, 5)
Discuss how God is everywhere, all-powerful, and all-knowing. (2, 3, 4, 5)
Compare and contrast the characteristics and roles of angels before and after The Fall. (8, 25, 26, 27)
Provide evidence that the Bible is God’s message of love to us. (1)
Discuss promises and passages in the Bible that show the qualities of God’s character. (1, 2, 3)
Explain how God’s law reflects His character. (19)
Explore nature to discover what it tells us about God the Creator. (6, 21)
Acceptance of Salvation and Grace
Articulate that God offers forgiveness to those who ask, believe, and accept it.
Consider an invitation to accept Jesus as Savior and trust Him as Lord, recognizing that this is a personal decision. (10, 15)
Development of Christian Character
Recognize the re-creative role of the Holy Spirit to teach us and to help us become more like Jesus. (2, 5, 11)
Accept that the Bible reveals the standard by which we are to live. (1, 11, 19)
Point out that a loving response to God’s offer of salvation is obedience to His commandments. (10, 11, 15, 19, 22)
Cite evidences of God’s grace as found in the Bible and other reading/viewing selections, making personal applications. (7, 10, 11)
Use examples of prayers in the Bible to explain the role and application of prayer to the Christian life. (1, 11)
Discuss ways that God’s leading has helped us grow more like Him. (22)
Recognize that worshiping together strengthens our characters and equips us to help others. (11, 12, 14, 20)
Share examples of how we can grow spiritually by both talking and listening to God in prayer. (1, 11)
Participate in prayer and worship of God. (11, 12, 14, 20)
Commitment to Relationship with God
Experience daily time alone with God to deepen our commitment to Jesus. (11)
Identify the Sabbath as God’s holy day and a time to celebrate our commitment to Him. (6, 20)
Explore a variety of ways to communicate with God (e.g., prayer, song, journaling, nature). (11)
Recognize various symbols of our commitment to God (e.g., baptism, foot washing, communion). (15, 16)
Demonstrate ways to care for the body and mind as a way of growing in a relationship with God. (11, 22)
Describe and practice stewardship (e.g., environment, tithe, time, talents). (21)
Explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. (11, 15)
How does God want us to care for ourselves and relate to others?
God wants us to treat others as He treated us, taking care of ourselves so that we can reach out to care for and share our faith with others.
Caring for Self
Determine that self-worth comes from recognizing that God paid a high price for us and that He wants to spend eternity with us. (7)
Examine how personal choices and behaviors affect spiritual, mental, physical, and social wellbeing. (11, 22)
Support the claim that our bodies are the temple of God. (22)
Identify and demonstrate important personal values (e.g., honesty, kindness, respect, humility). (22)
In the context of the lives of Biblical characters, analyze healthy responses to positive and negative feelings in a variety of situations. (7, 11, 22)
Explain how accepting God’s forgiveness frees us from guilt and prepares us to forgive others. (9, 10, 11)
Give examples of how it is more important to make right choices than to have peer approval. (22)
Discuss how developing a relationship with God and maintaining a balanced life prepares us for the most effective service to others. (22)
Caring for Others
Clarify how friendship with Jesus positively influences our relationships with others. (14, 22, 23)
Exhibit appropriate verbal and non-verbal responses that demonstrate caring Christian behavior. (7, 11, 22)
Demonstrate kindness toward and acceptance of people who are different from us or who treat us unkindly. (7, 11, 22)
Learning Through Service
Articulate the importance of faith, commitment, and a dynamic relationship with Jesus as a basis for service. (11, 13)
Develop a strong work ethic that manifests itself in service. (11, 13)
Participate with local or national organizations that serve those in need. (11, 13)
Articulate that every disciple is called to have a personal part in telling the world about Jesus. (11, 13)
Recognize that each person has been given unique talents and spiritual gifts by God. (17, 21)
Identify and begin to develop a personal spiritual gift that would be relevant to sharing my faith. (13, 17)
Discuss different ways that Biblical characters witnessed to their faith and the results of their witness. (1)
Explore various ways of witnessing, including face-to-face and the use of technology. (11, 13, 17)
Why is it important to study the history and development of the Seventh-day Adventist Church?
By understanding how God led His church in the past, we can be confident that He will continue to lead us in the future.
Explain how the Christian church and the Seventh-day Adventist Church began. (12, 18)
Summarize the events that led up to and followed the Great Disappointment. (24)
Trace the role of key individuals in the development of the Seventh-day Adventist Church from 1844 to 1915. (12)
Determine that the church’s fundamental beliefs are Bible-based and reflect what it means to be an Adventist. (1-28)
Describe how health, media/publishing, humanitarian, education, and missionary ministries developed to support the growth and work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. (13, 17)
Show how medical, educational, and missionary work has led to the growth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. (13)
Spirit of Prophecy
Explore stories of Ellen White’s life and calling. (18)
Define the role and function of a prophet and recognize that God gave Ellen White the gift of prophecy. (18)
Explore some of the writings of Ellen White as a “lesser light” that draws people’s attention to Scripture. (18)
Clarify the importance of Ellen White’s writings for Seventh-day Adventists today. (18)
Church Structure and Governance
Define the structure of a conference as an organization that coordinates many churches. (12,14)
Observe that everyone can have an active role in the church. (12, 13, 14, 17, 21, 22)
Explain how tithes and offerings are used in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. (21)
Describe how the structure and function of current Seventh-day Adventist institutions and ministries support the mission of the Church (e.g., Adventurers, Pathfinders, church school, etc.). (12)
Current Thought Shapers
Study and reflect on an age-appropriate Adventist publication. (17)
NAD Standards // Bible
The Adventist multigrade curriculum enables learners to develop a life of faith in God, and use their knowledge, skills, and understandings to serve God and humanity.
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Being a Seventh-day Adventist teaching-principal is an awesome opportunity and responsibility to serve God, change lives, and further the mission of the world church.
Standards are what learners should know (content) and be able to do (skills), and serve as the framework for curriculum development.
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