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Swordsmen of Truth curriculum for Boys Ages 7-12Boys studying the Bible with the Swordsmen of Truth curriculum participate in engaging, lifeskill-enhancing lessons designed to grow their confidence in the inerrancy of the Bible. Lessons cover attributes of our awesome Creator and encourage increased enthusiasm for glorifying God in our daily lives. The LifeSong curriculum builds a Biblical worldview through lessons that increase in depth and complexity over the program’s 3-year span. The program teaches boys to recognize the Biblical characteristics of being a Godly young man as they learn who God is through His Word. The curriculum helps develop a Biblical understanding of what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Boys learn about sharing their faith and Christ’s love for others in faithful service to Him. Lessons stress the importance of Biblical purity, turning down the worldly ideals, and maturing in faith. Lessons are age-specific and designed to provide time for fun and fellowship. What the Curriculum Entails
The LifeSong Scholars Bible Study curriculum is divided into 3 levels and 2 age groups designed to allow boys to participate for up to a total of six years in the program. Depending upon the age of the boy when he enters the program, each curriculum level provides increasing depth of study to expand knowledge and understanding of God’s Word. Every lesson is designed to help children develop confidence in who they are in Christ. The curriculum is intended to encourage the development of key Biblical characteristics and promote growth towards becoming mature young men of God.
Ideally, boys begin the program at age 7 and have the opportunity to participate in all curriculum levels. However, the program is designed so that boys may start at any age from 7 and 12. Boys that start at an older age can still participate in the core portions of the curriculum.
The program is divided into progressive categories as follows: Levels I through III, Apprentice I and II, and Seniors. The progression through the program is designed to be stepped, with each higher level building upon material presented in previous years.
All boys begin at Level I for their age group – either Level I for ages 7-9 or Level I for ages 10-12. After completing Level I, each boy may advance to the next curriculum level sequentially. Boys that complete Levels I through III may elect to participate in Apprentice I and II. Boys that complete the Apprentice programs may then enroll in the Seniors program – the highest level available.
Below is a description of each program level. Age groups and levels can be combined as needed, based on the availability of Group Leaders.
Level I:For boys ages 7-9
This is the first of three core courses. Its focus is on developing an understanding of who Jesus is, and why we need a Savior. This course explores the meaning of relationship with Jesus in the Bible, and nurtures familiarity with, and confidence in God’s Word. This course also sets the groundwork for countering the world’s messages that oppose belief in God’s Word and His plan for our lives. In addition, this course will help develop Godly characteristics and Biblical wisdom..
Level II:For boys ages 7-9
For boys that have completed Level I. This is the second of three core courses. Its focus is on nurturing Godly characteristics in the boys. Bible lessons focus on the characteristics of Christians and Godly qualities for boys and men. It is designed to assist boys in using God’s Word to develop a full understanding of who they are in Christ and what it means to be part of the Body of Christ. This course explores the meaning of a renewed spirit and being set-apart from the world. Activities at this level are designed to reinforce lessons about how the world’s behavior and beliefs are different, and how we can guard ourselves from taking part in un-Godly behavior and thinking..
Level III:For boys ages 7-9
For boys that have completed Levels I and II. This is the third and last of three core courses. Its focus is on nurturing a desire to serve God through the Body of Christ. Role models of Godly men are reviewed including becoming Biblically-defined Godly men, husbands, and leaders. Biblical lessons explore our unique, God-given talents, and the many ways we can live a life for God’s glory. Activities at this level are designed to help boys feel confident about who they are in Christ. Lessons reinforce Biblical instruction on putting God first in all that we do.
Level I:For boys ages 10-12
This is the first level for boys starting the program between the ages of 10 and 12. This course covers the same material as Level I for boys of ages 7-9, however, the discussions and activities are more advanced to be age-appropriate for this older group.
Level II:For boys ages 10-12
For boys that have completed either Level I for boys ages 7-9 or 10-12 and are now between the ages of 10 and 12. This course covers the same material as Level II for boys of ages 7-9, however, the discussions and activities are more advanced to be age-appropriate for this older group.
Level III:For boys ages 10-12
For boys that have completed either Level II for boys ages 7-9 or 10-12 and are now between the ages of 10 and 12. This course covers the same material as Level III for boys of ages 7-9, however, the discussions and activities are more advanced to be age-appropriate for this older group.
Apprenticeships Levels I and IIFor boys ages 10-12 who have completed Levels I-III
Apprentice I and II Levels are designed to provide boys the opportunity to serve as role models in the program by assisting Group Leaders with lesson activities. Apprentices lead prayers, encourage the boys, and assist the leaders in a variety of ways depending on their unique gifts. Additionally, these boys will conduct Biblical research on topics that interest them and are relevant to the program. In this way, the boys become a productive and contributing part of the program, and learn to serve in ministry.
The Seniors ProgramFor boys age 12 who have completed Apprentice I-II
This curriculum is designed to allow boys to apply the knowledge and experience they have gained through completing the core foundation curriculums (Levels I-III) and the apprenticeships. These boys will conduct Biblical research on topics that interest them and are relevant to the program. As appropriate, under the guidance and supervision of Group Leaders, these girls can be permitted to lead worship, prayer, and lesson discussions. In this way, the girls continue to be a productive and contributing part of the program, and learn to value serving in ministry.
Swordsmen of Truth, Teacher’s Lesson Book- Ages 7-9, Level I, Semester I
Swordsmen of Truth Level 1 Semester 1 for boys ages 7-9 contains 14 foundational lessons including following Jesus as Lord and Savior, serving God, sharing the Gospel, and walking in purity.