Middle School Small groups and Bible Classes
At Nashville Christian School we believe that no education is complete without learning the Bible. Therefore, students at all levels are taught the Scriptures each academic day.
6th Grade: In 6th grade Bible Class, we study Hebrews 11 “The Hall of Faith.” During the year we cover many of the major “Bible heroes” they may know or may have heard of throughout their lives. We explore how these men and women have shaped the Christian faith, and understand how they fit chronologically in the Biblical narrative. Each week, we focus on a memory verse and have a weekly quiz for review. When we finish our study of Hebrews 11, we spend the next part of the year understanding the comprehensive biblical story and how it leads to Jesus. We finish the year reviewing the gospels and understanding Jesus’ impact on the world today.
7th Grade: In 7th grade Bible Class, we complete an overview of the entire Bible. In the fall semester, we embark on a comprehensive journey through the Old Testament, studying its rich history, literature, and theology. We consider the cultural, geographical, historical, and literary contexts of the Ancient Near East, providing a well-rounded understanding of these ancient texts. In the spring, we transition to the New Testament, tracing the unfolding narrative of God's Kingdom through the arrival of Jesus and the foundation of the early church. Our study encompasses all the writings within the New Testament, offering a holistic perspective on this transformative period in Christian history. Our goal is that throughout the year we learn that the Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus and has wisdom for the modern world.
8th Grade: In 8th grade Bible Class, we study the four gospels of Jesus Christ, diving into a different gospel every nine weeks. The unique messages and teachings for that particular gospel are highlighted during the nine weeks. The power of the gospel’s and the story of God’s only Son coming to earth in human form to lay down his life to redeem us is always at the forefront in each gospel during the year.
Small Groups: Our weekly small groups play a crucial role in our school. They provide students with a supportive and intimate environment where they can build strong, faith-based relationships with their peers. This sense of community fosters spiritual growth and encourages students to share their thoughts, questions, and experiences related to their faith. Small groups also allow for more personalized guidance and mentorship from teachers or adult leaders who play the role of advocate, helping students navigate the challenges of adolescence through a Christian perspective. These gatherings promote a sense of accountability and responsibility as students learn to support one another in their faith journeys. Our Middle School Small Groups provide a space for connection, spiritual development, and a deeper understanding of their faith, shaping the moral foundation of the students as they mature.
High School Bible Classes
Early Hebrew History
Freshman Bible begins at a good place...Genesis, the book of beginnings. We'll study how the creation story relates to us today in a world that is gradually dismissing God as the designer. We'll look at the beginning of sin, the remedy, the first family, evidence of Noah's flood and how it relates to us. We'll continue through Genesis and relate how the lives of these patriarchs parallel today's followers. We hope to learn from the mistakes and faith of ancient followers to help us live in a relationship with God. Then we move into Exodus and study how God used Moses to show His power over the gods of Egypt. We'll survey the rest of early Hebrew history, including Samson and other leaders, up until the nation of Israel was ripped in two by turmoil. We'll study key Hebrew words, cities and archaeological sites while learning about the culture and customs of ancient people. This will lead to an understanding of how Old Testament history is a foreshadowing, prophecy and preparation for Christ.
Life of Christ/life of the church
During the 1st semester, this course will focus on uncovering and highlighting aspects of the life, ministry and Lordship of Jesus. Great emphasis will be placed on extrapolation and application of the faith lessons derived from the disciples of Jesus. We will answer the question, "Who is Jesus?" During the semester, we will dig deeper into discipleship, Jesus' major teachings and discourses (including parables and miracles) and the events of the crucifixion and resurrection. The 2nd semester of Sophomore Bible will be an in-depth study of the life of the early church in Acts. We will journey alongside the spread of the disciples of Christ from the day of Pentecost, all the way to Paul’s missionary journey. Topics will include the life of Paul (conversion, trial and letters), and the conversions in Acts, ending the semester with a look at the church in the 21st century.
World Religions/Faith and Film
In the first semester, this class will focus primarily on examining the practices, histories, and beliefs of the major religions of the world. We will focus on these primary religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism. The semester will finish with a brief look at various cults that have impacted the world. World Religions class will be taught from a Christian perspective so that students are equipped to understand the patterns and beliefs of other religions as well as be able to defend their faith in a knowledgeable and compassionate way. In the second semester, Faith and Film is a class designed to help students see the sacred in the mundane. Students will be learning to watch movies critically while deciphering the spiritual significance of the films. The themes of redemption and hope are prevalent as we progress through the movies in class, and students are asked to elaborate on how these themes are presented in the stories. Students will come to understand the use and significance of “Christ Figures” in film as well as the overarching power of the story in our lives. Much like the parables that Jesus used to teach, Faith and Film attempts to use the power of story to reveal eternal truths that are a part of the human experience.
Wisdom Literature, Prophets, and New Testament Letters
In the fall semester, we will explore selections of wisdom literature and the prophets in the Hebrew Bible. In the spring semester, we will survey the letters of the New Testament. Through both semesters we will discuss the historical context, themes, and literary characteristics of the course readings. Analyze, interpret, and apply the meaning of texts from multiple perspectives. Identify how certain strains of biblical wisdom literature became appropriated and modified by later reception in Jewish and Christian historical contexts. Our hope will be to develop skills in reading and applying the truths we find in scripture with a growing desire to obey those commands and principles in these books that are valid and relevant to our spiritual life.
As students near the end of their academic journey here at NCS, we want them to finish strong academically and spiritually. Our senior Bible classes continue to focus on Biblical teaching but also encourage our students to find their own faith as they prepare for the next chapter in their lives. One of the ways we do this is by offering female and male-only classes as well as a traditional co-ed Bible class.
The girls bible class begins the year with a study called Armor of God, which is an in-depth study of Ephesians Chapter 6. This study is an action plan for putting on the armor of God and developing a strategy to gain victory against the enemy.
The co-ed Bible class will explore prominent men and women throughout scripture, examining the impact they each made. We will also explore ways to pattern our lives after these Biblical heroes.
The male class will look at prominent Men of God and how they, as young men, can model their lives after these men.
Our second nine weeks will begin with a unified curriculum for all classes. We begin with apologetics, a study about understanding and explaining our faith. These nine weeks, we will explore science and faith and how they work together and not against each other.
After the holiday break we will study marriage and family. We will look at dating, marriage, and having a family. We will explore God’s word and other Christian literature to see what God’s plan is for a Christian family. We will close out the year looking at various lessons that are invaluable to young Christians, making sure they are spiritually prepared for the next chapter of life.