COURSE ABILITIES

[Apply the following to each content standard]

Students will learn to:

RS.9.0.5  Develop a range of techniques for studying the Bible as its own expositor, and incorporating its relevance from past to present; for studying Ellen White’s writings, and other contemporary and historical documents.

RS.9.0.6  Acquire and integrate knowledge to research and analyze Biblical stories/ spiritual concepts.

RS.9.0.7  Develop creative and higher order thinking skills (research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, etc.) based on a biblical worldview.

RS.9.0.8  Use verbal and non-verbal responses to convey a clear message across a range of communication types about spiritual concepts to meet the needs of the context, purpose and audience.

RS.9.0.9  Develop the skills to reflect on personal positions and consider other perspectives, adjusting one’s own biblical perspective as necessary.

RS.9.0.10  Examine and discuss the relevance of biblical themes explored, and apply this to one’s life.

RS.9.0.11  Identify and explain that one’s relationship with God and His Word is life-changing and is expressed through knowledge, attitudes and actions.

RS.9.0.12  Learn relationship-building skills by applying Biblical, Christ-like principles of: genuine care for others, handling challenges in human relationships, accepting responsibility, participating in community and serving others.

 

Grade Nine

COURSE FOCUS

Students will learn to:

RS.9.0.1  Identify and examine Scripture as the revelation of God.

RS.9.0.2  Explore and explain Seventh-day Adventist biblical doctrines.

RS.9.0.3  Apply Seventh-day Adventist beliefs in discipleship of Christ through relationships, lifestyle, and service.

RS.9.0.4  Outline and explain the role of Ellen G. White as a prophet of God and utilize her writings.

COURSE ABILITIES

Students will learn to:

Develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills in the Grade 9-12 Adventist Encounter Curriculum.

RS.9.0.5  Develop a range of techniques for studying the Bible as its own expositor, and incorporating its relevance from past to present; for studying Ellen White’s writings, and other contemporary and historical documents.

RS.9.0.6  Acquire and integrate knowledge to research and analyze Biblical stories/ spiritual concepts.

RS.9.0.7  Develop creative and higher order thinking skills (research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, etc.) based on a biblical worldview.

RS.9.0.8  Use verbal and non-verbal responses to convey a clear message across a range of communication types about spiritual concepts to meet the needs of the context, purpose and audience.

RS.9.0.9  Develop the skills to reflect on personal positions and consider other perspectives, adjusting one’s own biblical perspective as necessary.

RS.9.0.10  Examine and discuss the relevance of biblical themes explored, and apply this to one’s life.

RS.9.0.11  Identify and explain that one’s relationship with God and His Word is life-changing and is expressed through knowledge, attitudes and actions.

RS.9.0.12  Learn relationship-building skills by applying Biblical, Christ-like principles of: genuine care for others, handling challenges in human relationships, accepting responsibility, participating in community and serving others.

 

UNIT CONTENT

Students will:

9.1  Be able to understand who God is, what He is like, and how to have a real relationship with Him.

9.1.1  Investigate biblical and other evidence for the existence of God.

9.1.2  Explain how the desire to worship is central to humanity.

9.1.3  Identify faith as a central component of belief in God.

9.1.4  Study characters from the Bible who developed a relationship with God

9.1.5  Research Bible passages about the character and nature of God (including the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)

9.1.6  Identify that God is greater than we can begin to understand, yet we know He is a personal God who desires to have a relationship with us.

9.1.7  Explore various steps in coming to know God, through the Bible, the book Steps to Christ, and other materials.

9.1.8  Explain that like all other relationships, we have to make an effort with God in order to have a close relationship with Him.

9.1.9  Identify that knowing God can change one’s life.

 

9.2  Be able to understand the person of Jesus Christ through the Gospels

9.2.1  Study narratives of the gospels (setting, character, conflict, etc.).

9.2.2  Investigate themes (Christ’s mission, His character, His great love, the great controversy, plan of salvation, etc.).

9.2.3  Comprehend and respond to Christ’s first and second advent (projects, outreach, research etc.).

9.2.4  Recognize the impact of having a relationship with Christ (art and music, writing, worship, testimony, etc.).

9.2.5  Participate in developing the kingdom of God (witnessing and service).

9.2.6  Appreciate the deep love of God for humanity through the gift of His Son.

 

9.3  Be able to understand God’s gifts of creation and the Sabbath.

9.3.1  Explore the nature and role of faith.

9.3.2  Identify and define the term ‘worldview.’

9.3.3  Investigate and analyze the differences between biblical creation and Darwinian evolution.

9.3.4  Explore the Seventh-day Adventist Biblical worldview of a literal creation

9.3.5  Explore the unique gift of the Sabbath through history.

9.3.6  Identify the Sabbath as a distinguishing sign of one’s relationship with God.

9.3.7  Explore practical ways in which the Sabbath can be the meaningful gift that God intended it to be.

 

9.4  Be able to understand God’s gifts of undeserved grace and the fact that our identity is found in Him.

9.4.1  Recognize and investigate the gift of God’s grace as a central theme in the Bible.

9.4.2  Explore the attributes of God’s grace and their impact on one’s life.

9.4.3  Explores the various worldly sources of identity (perception, the mirror, technology, etc.).

9.4.4  Compares worldly sources of identity with the identity God gives.

9.4.5  Investigate biblical passages that reveal God’s value of individuals.

Grade Ten

COURSE FOCUS

Students will learn to:

RS.10.0.1  Identify and examine Scripture as the foundational source of revealing of God, taking into account its origin and purpose.

RS.10.0.2  Explore and evaluate Seventh-day Adventist biblical fundamental beliefs.

RS.10.0.3  Apply Seventh-day Adventist beliefs in discipleship of Christ through relationships, lifestyle, and service.

RS.10.0.4  Explore and examine the life of Ellen G. White as a prophet of God and utilize her writings.

COURSE ABILITIES

Students will learn to:

Develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills in the Grade 9-12 Adventist Encounter Curriculum.

RS.10.0.5  Develop a wide range of techniques for studying the Bible as its own expositor and incorporate its relevance from past to present through studying Ellen White’s writings and other contemporary and historical documents.

RS.10.0.6  Acquire and integrate knowledge to research and analyze biblical stories and/or spiritual concepts, in some depth.

RS.10.0.7  Develop creative and higher order thinking skills (research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, etc.) based on a biblical worldview.

RS.10.0.8  Use verbal and nonverbal responses to convey a clear, engaging message across a range of communication types about biblical spirituality to meet the needs of specific contexts, purposes, and audiences.

RS.10.0.9  Develop the skills to give reasons to support one’s thinking, applying prior knowledge to new contexts, in order to clarify one’s own personal, biblical position.

RS.10.0.10  Analyze and apply the relevance of biblical and historical themes and apply this to one’s life.

RS.10.0.11  Identify and explore ways in which one’s relationship with God and His Word is life changing and is expressed through knowledge, attitudes and actions.

RS.10.0.12  Learn relationship-building skills by applying Biblical, Christ-like principles of genuine care for others, handling challenges in human relationships, communicating effectively, accepting responsibility, participating in community, and serving others.

UNIT CONTENT

Students will:

10.1a  Be able to understand the lengths that God will go to in order to bring us back to Him, as seen in the stories of the Old Testament, and specifically, Hosea.

10.1.1  Identify that God’s relationship with humankind crosses cultures and borders and embraces all humanity.

10.1.2  Research the nature of God as seen in Old Testament times and how He related to His people.

10.1.3  Define and outline a covenant relationship, specifically between God and His people.

10.1.4  Analyze the role and messages of some of the Old Testament prophets, specifically Hosea, in light of the people’s obedience, destruction, and deliverance.

10.1.5  Investigate key messages from the story of Hosea such as the role of knowledge in relationship, obedience, idolatry, sin, grace, healthy relationships, and responding to the generous heart of God.

 

10.1b  Explore the life of David and what it means to be a person after God’s own heart.

10.1.6  Identify characteristics of David that made him a man after God’s own heart.

10.1.7  Apply these characteristics to how one can live after God’s heart today.

10.18  Explore key events surrounding the life of David, such as his anointing, his battle with Goliath, fleeing from Saul, Saul’s death, David’s kingship, and his adultery with Bathsheba.

10.1.9  Investigate key messages from the life of David, such as what it means to be called by God; humility and pride; temptation and sin; and responding to God’s love, grace, and desire for a relationship with us; and apply these themes to one’s life.

 

10.2a  Be able to understand some of the key messages of Jesus from His Sermon on the Mount, and what it means to be a disciple.

10.2.1  Identify and investigate the messages from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and other messages.

10.2.2  Personally apply the messages from the Sermon on the Mount in relevant and meaningful ways.

10.2.3  Investigate what Jesus meant when He taught about the kingdom of God

10.2.4  Explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

 

10.3a  Explore the development and growth of the early Christian church and how the Holy Spirit gave power to the people as they shared the gospel with the world.

10.3.1  Outline the events and people involved in the development and growth of the early Christian church as found in the book of Acts.

10.3.2  Explore the role of the Holy Spirit in giving power, spiritual gifts, the fruit of the Spirit, revival and reformation, and victory in Christ.

10.3.3  Identify a variety of ways one can respond to the Great Commission through witnessing and sharing Jesus and His messages with the world.

 

10.4a  Be able to understand how we can live abiding in Jesus, in a secular world, while waiting for Jesus to return.

10.4.1  Examine and express how being connected to Jesus (Bible study, prayer) is the secret to an abundant life.

10.4.2  Explore how the essence of God’s law is love.

10.4.3  Explore and apply biblical principles for lifestyle choices (relationships and marriage, health and substances, body image, social media, entertainment, money, temptation, and God’s will for our lives) and how wrong choices separate us from a relationship with God while we wait for Jesus to return.

10.4.4  Explore how God’s plan is for us to have a deep and personal, living relationship with Jesus Christ, which changes everything, and for this truth to be taken to the whole world.

Grade Eleven

COURSE FOCUS

Students will learn to:

Identify God as the Source of all love, the Author of the plan of salvation through Jesus Christ, and the Giver of the Holy Spirit, who are central to Seventh-day Adventist beliefs.

RS.11.0.1  Evaluate and justify the ways in which Scripture is the revelation of God, taking into account its origin and purpose.

RS.11.0.2  Interpret and evaluate Seventh-day Adventist biblical fundamental beliefs.

RS 11.0.3  Apply Seventh-day Adventist beliefs in discipleship of Christ through relationships, lifestyle, and service.

RS.11.0.4  Utilize and apply the writings of Ellen G. White as a prophet of God to enhance Biblical understanding.

COURSE ABILITIES

Students will learn to:

Develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills in the Grade 9-12 Adventist Encounter Curriculum.

RS.11.0.5  Apply a wide range of techniques for studying the Bible as its own expositor, and incorporating its relevance from past to present; for studying Ellen White’s writings and other contemporary and historical documents.

RS.11.0.6  Acquire and integrate knowledge to analyze Biblical stories/ spiritual concepts, in considerable depth.

RS.11.0.7  Develop creative and higher order thinking skills (research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, etc.) based on a biblical worldview.

RS.11.0.8  Modify verbal and non-verbal responses to convey a clear, engaging, influential message across a range of communication  types about spiritual concepts to meet the needs of specific contexts, purposes and audiences.

RS.11.0.9  Develop the skills to give biblical reasons for one’s viewpoint, and respond with insight, in order to justify one’s personal position.

RS.11.0.10  Identify, evaluate and apply the relevance of biblical and historical themes explored and apply this to one’s life.

RS.11.0.11  Identify and investigate the ways in which one’s relationship with God and His Word is life-changing and is expressed through knowledge, attitudes and actions.

RS.11.0.12  Learn relationship-building skills by applying Biblical, Christ-like principles of: genuine care for others, handling challenges in human relationships, resolving conflict, communicating effectively, accepting responsibility, participating in community and serving others.

UNIT CONTENT

Students will:

11.1  Be able to understand the nature of the Bible as enduring, trustworthy and true, and as seen throughout history.

11.1.1  Explain the purpose, inspiration, and history of the Bible.

11.1.2  Assess the role of biblical archaeological evidence in providing credibility for the Bible.

11.1.3  Delineate God’s leading throughout church history through the lens of the great controversy between Christ and Satan.

11.1.4  Survey the history of Christianity, with particular reference to the Reformation (key people, events, concepts, timelines, conflicts, doctrines, etc.).

11.1.5  Evaluate the impact of the Reformation period on the enduring relevance and value of the Bible.

11.1.6  Relate key influences and themes of the past to present and possible future events.

11.1.7  Develop techniques for studying the Bible.

11.1.8  Identify the central role of the Bible in living in a relationship with Christ and its ability to answer all of life’s questions.

 

11.2  Be able to understand the narratives and prophecies in the book of Daniel.

11.2.1  Study various elements of Daniel (linguistics, history, symbolism etc.)

11.2.2  Explore how the book of Daniel tells how God will reign supreme, despite the controversy here and now.

11.2.3  Identify and apply narratives, key messages and prophetic themes in the book of Daniel.

 

11.3  Be able to understand the narratives and prophecies in the book of Revelation.

11.3.1  Study various elements of Revelation (authorship, audience, linguistics, structure, history, symbolism etc.)

11.3.2  Identify and explore various qualities of Jesus throughout the book of Revelation such as: Hope-Giver, Messenger, Worthy Lamb, Controller of all things, Tear-Drier, Righteous Judge, Worthy of Worship, Avenger, Deliverer, and Bridegroom.

11.3.3  Identify and apply narratives, key messages and prophetic themes in the book of Revelation.

11.3.4  Identify how to build a lasting relationship with Jesus that will endure forever.

 

11.4  Be able to understand the Seventh-day Adventist movement.

11.4.1  Identify God’s leading, through the Holy Spirit, in the development of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (key people, events, concepts, time lines, conflicts, doctrines, etc.).

11.4.2  Explore the Biblical tests of a prophet, and explore Ellen G White’s role in prophecy.

11.4.3  Explore the messages of Revelation 10 and 11, and explain the importance of Bible study and faith in facing the future.

11.4.4  Identify the breadth of the SDA Church across the world today, and the areas of focus within the SDA Church (health and temperance, education, printing, abolition of slavery etc.).

11.4.5  Apply lessons from key influences, themes, and theological concepts.

11.4.6  Explore what revival and reformation means for Christians today, and draw conclusions about the way people develop spiritual identity while in a community of believers.

Grade Twelve

COURSE FOCUS

Students will learn to:

Identify God as the Source of all love, the Author of the plan of salvation through Jesus Christ, and the Giver of the Holy Spirit, who are central to Seventh-day Adventist beliefs.

RS.12.0.1  Evaluate, justify and synthesize the ways in which Scripture is the revelation of God, taking into account its origin, purpose and context.

RS.12.0.2  Evaluate and synthesize Seventh-day Adventist biblical fundamental beliefs.

RS.12.0.3  Apply Seventh-day Adventist beliefs in discipleship of Christ through relationships, lifestyle, and service.

RS.12.0.4  Utilize, apply and interpret the writings of Ellen G. White as a prophet of God to enhance Biblical understanding.

COURSE ABILITIES

Students will learn to:

Develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills in the Grade 9-12 Adventist Encounter Curriculum.

RS.12.0.5  Select and apply a wide range of techniques for studying the Bible as its own expositor, and incorporating its relevance from past to present; for studying Ellen White’s writings and other contemporary and historical documents.

RS.12.0.6  Acquire and integrate knowledge to analyze and evaluate Biblical stories/ spiritual concepts, in great depth.

RS.12.0.7  Develop creative and higher order thinking skills (research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, etc.) based on a biblical worldview.

RS.12.0.8  Modify verbal and non-verbal responses using subject-specific language to convey an engaging, influential, spiritual message across a range of complex communication strategies  to meet the needs of specific contexts, purposes and audiences.

RS.12.0.9  Develop the skills to give biblical reasons for one’s viewpoint, recognizing and analyzing multiple possible interpretations and respond with insight, in order to evaluate one’s own position.

RS.12.0.10  Identify, justify and apply the relevance of biblical and historical themes explored and apply this to one’s life.

RS.12.0.11  Identify and prioritize one’s relationship with God and His Word to be life-changing and thus expressed through knowledge, attitudes and actions.

RS.12.0.12  Learn relationship-building skills by applying Biblical, Christ-like principles of: genuine care for others, handling challenges in human relationships, controlling emotions, resolving conflict, communicating effectively, accepting responsibility, participating in community and serving others.

UNIT CONTENT

Students will:

12.1.  Be able to understand the worldview in the context of world religions and personal faith positions.

Yet to be developed

 

12.2.  Be able to understand ethics and social justice.

Yet to be developed

 

12.3  Be able to understand the dynamics of Godly relationships.

Yet to be developed

 

12.4  Be able to understand the book of John.

Yet to be developed

Standards

The Encounter Bible Series meets all the Standards as developed by the North American Bible Standards Committee: