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Bethany Darwin

Big Truths for Young Hearts: Unit #3 (download only) 11-Week Curriculum

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This exciting new curriculum will help build a foundation of Biblical truths in the hearts of children. “Big Truths for Young Hearts” is a 52-week lesson series based on the book ‘Big Truths for Young Hearts’ by Bruce Ware. In this book, Dr. Ware unpacks the riches of God’s word in a systematic way designed to help kids to grasp of the big picture of who God is and all He desires us to know through His Word.

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  • Unit #3 Only with 11 powerful Bible lessons
  • Complete 5 Units with 52 powerful lessons: Unit #1-5

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This year-long curriculum series takes the concepts, or the BIG TRUTHS, presented in the book and provides teachers, parents, and churches with all the resources they need to proclaim those truths to the children in their lives.

The curriculum units follow the chapters in Dr. Ware’s book. A list of the units in this series is found on page 6. The hope is that churches would teach straight through the materials, as in many ways the units do build on each other. But the units are also written in such a way that you could easily teach them as a stand-alone curriculum. A full scope and sequence of the materials is available to download from the Sunday School Store.

    In Unit 3, children will dive deeper into God’s relationship with His creation. In the first half of the unit (God: Creator and Ruler of All), students will have a chance to see God as the sovereign creator, ruler, and provider in the world, as well as grapple with tough topics of God’s sovereign control over pain and suffering in the world and how He works all things for our good and His glory. After considering these aspects of God’s good character, the second half of the unit focuses on what the Bible says about people. Children will learn more of what it means to be made in God’s image, discuss what the Bible says about gender and talk about the reality of the Fall and the impact of sin on all of our lives. These lessons are designed to help build the theological foundation needed to understand the amazing good news of Jesus’ death in our place.

    Age group: Elementary – K-6/ ages 5-11

    Unit 3 Lessons:

      • Who Made the World?
        • Text – Genesis 1 and John 1
        • God Made the World
        • Main Point – God (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) made the world

      • God Rules the World He Made
        • Text – Matthew 6
        • God Cares for His Creation
        • Main Point – God rules the world that He made
      • God Provides All Good Things in the World
        • Text – Luke 17
        • Jesus Heals the Lepers
        • Main Point – God provides all good things

      • God Controls All Bad Things in the World
        • Text – Judges 16
        • Samson
        • Main Point – God is sovereign – He is in control of all bad things

      • God Intended it for Good
        • Text – Genesis 37-50
        • Joseph and His Brothers
        • Main Point – God always brings about the good that He planned in the world

      • Pain and Suffering in the World God Controls
        • Text – Job
        • Job Trusts God Through Intense Suffering
        • Main Point – God works all things, even suffering, for the good of His people
      • Men and Women, Boys and Girls – God’s Masterpieces
        • Text – Genesis 1-2
        • Made in God’s Image
        • Main Point – God made people to reflect Him

      • Other Features of Being Human
        • Text – Genesis 1 & 2 and Ephesians 5
        • Men and Women Made in God’s Image
        • Main Point – God created me and women differently from the rest of creation
        • Note: this lesson deals with Biblical gender roles from a complementarian viewpoint based in creation.

      • How Sin Came into Our World & What Sin In
        • Text – Genesis 2-3
        • The Fall
        • Main Point – Sin always results in separation from God, harm, ruin and death

      • How Sin has Spread to All People
        • Text – Genesis 11
        • The Tower of Babel
        • Main Point – All sin because all are sinners

      • The Punishment for Our Sin
        • Text – Genesis 2 and Romans 3
        • God’s Just Punishment for Sin
        • Main Point – God is just and sin must be punished

      Each lesson in this curriculum is designed to be taught over a 60-90 minute time frame to elementary students (K-6th) and includes the following elements: opening activities, large group worship, large group teaching guides, small group application activities for 2 different age groups, printable activity sheets, memory verse posters, take-home pages for family devotions and more.


          AUTHOR’S BIO: Bethany Darwin spent 20 years working full-time in children’s ministry before recently coming home to raise her son. During her years in children’s ministry, Bethany discovered gaps in available curriculum and often struggled to find a curriculum that worked in her church setting. It was this discovery that awakened a passion in her for writing children’s ministry curriculum. 

          Bethany is a popular curriculum writer for Ministry-to-children and you can find many resources of hers there. You can connect with Bethany through Facebook at ‘Treasure Trunk Books’ or on IG at ‘Treasure Trunk Kids.’ On these pages she shares articles and resources for families as well as what she is doing to point her little one to Christ. You can also find other resources of hers there. Bethany is a member of Bethany Bible Church in Thousand Oaks, CA.

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