Levels of Biblical Learning
Middle Schoolers are:
- Continuing to develop core beliefs and values during these years
- Beginning to think critically about their worldview and the worldviews of others
- Dealing with issues surrounding identity and self-image
- Asking questions about God’s will for their lives
- Learning the social and cultural norms in relationships
- Developing a strong ability to connect biblical truths to life situations
- Being taught the importance of having boundaries in all spheres of life
- Learning to consistently practice spiritual disciplines
There is one God who reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is eternal, and has existed for eternity past and will exist for eternity into the future.
Because God is holy, He is altogether separate from and far above people who are sinful.
God is worthy of our worship because of how He relates to us and because of who He is, and we owe to Him our attention and affections.
God relates to His people according to His covenant promises, He is faithful, and He always keeps His promises to us.
God is Creator, all creation is a result of His work, and people were created to live in relationship with Him.
God communicates to us through His Word and hears and answers when we pray.
God is omnipresent (all places at all times), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipotent (all-powerful).
God is loving and righteous and will one day make right all that sin has damaged.
Jesus is fully God and fully man, and He is altogether holy.
Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin.
Jesus lived for the glory of the Father and taught that we should do the same through lives of worship.
Because Jesus is God, He had the power to perform miracles.
Jesus is the only way people can connect with God.
From the beginning, God planned that Jesus would save people from their sins and sent Him at exactly the right time.
Jesus sits at God's right hand and continually prays for us.
Jesus will one day return to exercise His reign over creation.
Each person who comes to faith in Christ receives the Holy Spirit and is given a spiritual gift.
Jesus promised that God would send the Holy Spirit to minister to God’s people in a special way.
The Holy Spirit intercedes before the Father on our behalf.
The Holy Spirit inspired and guided people to write the Bible.
The Bible is the only inspired written Word of God.
The Bible is true, without error, and will last forever.
Through the Bible, we know God Himself and how He expects us to live.
The entire Bible is the story of God’s work in creation and centers around Jesus.
Before the beginning of time, God’s plan for salvation centered on Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Because of our rebellion against God, we deserve eternal punishment.
People cannot save themselves, and Jesus is the only way to be reconciled to God.
God’s salvation is eternal, and nothing can separate us from Him.
We can be confident in our salvation when we live in obedience to God and in ways that reflect Jesus.
God is Creator, and all creation is a result of His work.
Creation testifies as to the existence of God, and people are without excuse for their disbelief and disobedience.
God’s creation functions in an orderly way and serves His purposes as He continues to work.
God has given people responsibility for overseeing His creation, and we should steward it for His purposes.
The Church is a fellowship of believers, and we are called to meet together regularly.
The Church isn’t a place or a building, but consists of the people who belong to the family of God.
The Church is responsible for training and equipping its members for works of ministry, and Church members are called to give their time, resources, and talents.
The ordinances of the Church are the Lord’s Supper and baptism, which are earthly symbols of eternal realities.
God loves all people, regardless of ethnicity or status, and proved His love by sending Jesus to bear the penalty for our sin on the cross.
All people are created in God’s image, and our lives are a gift from God.
People are created as moral beings and are responsible for their choices, including the ways we treat others.
Growth in Christ’s likeness requires our intentional efforts.
Because of Jesus, people can live with joy regardless of circumstances.
God has a plan for every person, and He wants us to understand His plans for us.
God expects people to remain pure in all aspects of life and empowers us to live in obedience as we live by the Spirit.
We are called to love all people and to live in community with those within the church.
All people have sinned, and have been separated from God, but because of Jesus, we can be restored to a relationship with Him.
Families are a part of God’s plan for filling the earth with His image-bearers and His glory, and are responsible for providing for the needs of family members.
God’s plan for the family involves one man and one woman committing to one another in a lifelong covenant relationship as a reflection of God’s love for His people.
God calls children to honor their parents throughout their lives as an expression of honoring Him.
When families experience brokenness, God desires to bring healing and unity and to use the broader family of God to minister to hurting families during difficult times.
God continues to work in the world, and people are invited to join Him in His work.
God values all people and calls Christians to live on mission for the sake of reaching the lost with the gospel.
We are to be involved in reaching the nations through prayer, giving resources, loving actions, and sharing the gospel.