Junior PowerPoints is the Sabbath School Bible Study Guide designed for Juniors and Earliteens in the Sabbath School department at the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This Bible study curriculum is based on a four-year cycle. Each year the lessons draw on Bible stories in chronological order from Genesis to Revelation. The lessons are designed for Juniors and Earliteens to incorporate in their daily Bible study. The lessons provide the basis for learning and discussion in the Junior/Earliteen Sabbath School class.
Each lesson is based on a Bible story or scriptural passage, and each one includes questions for discussion and supporting texts that highlight Bible principles, helping the young learners draw lessons for application.
THE BIBLE STUDY GUIDE
One of our primary goals in the General Conference Sabbath School and Personal Ministries department is to help your child embrace a relationship with Jesus as their Savior that will lead to eternal life. In order to best fulfill that goal, we have the following features in the Bible Study Guides:
The Sabbath School curriculum for Juniors is firmly grounded in Scripture. Most lessons are story based, and some are based on scriptural references that teach a specific doctrine.
Spirit of Prophecy Supported
Every lesson is supported by the writings of Ellen G. White. The Conflict of the Ages series is referred to most often. Other references include Steps to Christ, Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, and Christ’s Object Lessons. References to Ellen White's writings are included both in the student's Bible Study Guide and in the teacher enrichment section of the Teacher's Guide.
SDA® Bible Commentary Use
Writers and editors regularly referred to The Seventh-day Adventist ®Bible Commentary series to ensure that the content of the lessons is consistent with the teachings of the Bible.
Biblical Research Institute Involvement
During the editorial process, manuscripts were reviewed for theological soundness by personnel of the Biblical Research Institute at the General Conference.
Doctrines and Principles Taught
Virtually every Adventist doctrine is taught at some point in this curriculum. Juniors learn of baptism by immersion, the state of the dead, the Sabbath, and other essential doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. These and other beliefs are taught through stories in coherent thematic clusters and reinforced through activities during the Sabbath School hour.
The Sabbath School lessons for Juniors have been formulated with the use of current educational theory and methods. Curriculum consultants directed the production of the original curriculum plan and outlined the teaching methods to be used. Writers from every world division followed these plans as they participated in the development of the lessons.
Today we know that we must approach learning activities through a variety of methods. Learners remember about 30 to 35 percent of what they hear, about 40 to 50 percent of what they see, and about 90 percent of what they do. Therefore this Sabbath School curriculum offers a diversified approach to learning and Bible study through a variety of activities that draw on various learning styles. These activities are reinforced through the debriefing process in which learners are led to consider “What did you learn?” “How do you feel about it?” “What are you going to do about it?” Debriefing is essential to active learning. It is the means by which learners understand and apply the principles under study.
Every lesson includes a section that calls for the learner to share what he or she has learned with someone else—a friend, teacher, parent, relative, neighbor, or other person with whom the learner frequently comes in contact. Students are often asked to make something in Sabbath School that they can give to someone with whom they can share something about the lesson they have studied. The goal is to help learners become so comfortable sharing what they have learned that they will continue doing so throughout their lifetime.
Bible Study Emphasis
Every lesson includes Bible study. Juniors are directed to individual daily Bible study to learn and apply the principles taught in each lesson. The Parents’ Pages contain additional resources that parents can use during family worship to reinforce the Bible study that Juniors complete on their own. The Teacher’s Guide includes a variety of activities and tools for the Sabbath School Bible study hour.
Illustrators who specialize in art for children provide a bias-free visual commentary integral to the text. People are depicted in a way that captures attitudes, personality, and ideas—to be symbolic of the points the lesson is trying to make. Realistic, full-color detail is used in depicting Bible times.
Calls for Decisions
Each week the Bible lessons call learners to make decisions. How would they apply concepts studied in their own life? How could they use what they have learned to help themselves, their families, their friends? Questions such as “What could you do to . . . “ or “How important is this to you and/or your family?” facilitate understanding and prompt learners to apply in practice the principles under study.