Bible Quiet Time at the High School Level
In a previous post, I shared details about the Bible Quiet Times planned in Heart of Dakota’s (HOD’s) younger guides. Of course, all of Heart of Dakota’s guides include Bible Study. However, Bible Quiet Times are first modeled in Preparing Hearts for His Glory. After this, Bible Quiet Times are a daily part of Heart of Dakota’s plans.
I view Bible Quiet Time as a lifeline that connects us to the Lord. This special time each day is important for all of us to have! Bible Quiet Times can differ from one another, but they should all include a Bible reading or a scripture focus. Music, prayer, journaling, devotions, study guides, scripture memorization, etc. can all be a part of Bible Quiet Time as well. For this post, let’s take a look at the Bible Quiet Times in HOD’s high school guides.
World Geography’s High School Bible Quiet Time: Scripture-Based Spiritual Growth
In World Geography, the high school Bible Quiet Time focuses on the following things:
First, students enjoy independent Bible lessons from Rooted and Grounded: A Guide for Spiritual Growth. This in-depth study focuses primarily on reading and reflecting upon Scripture, while providing students with geographical, cultural, and prayer information about unreached people groups. In this study, students read from God’s Word, write answers to inductive questions, complete thought-provoking writing assignments, dig deeper through discussion topics, and record what God is revealing to them.
Second, students keep a daily prayer journal. They do this by using the “Preparing Your Heart for Prayer” questions, which helps them pray through the four parts of prayer: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication.
Third, students make Scripture memorization a joyful experience by using ten different memorization techniques to commit a host of meaningful passages from both the Old and New Testaments to memory.
World History: Old Testament Survey
In World History, the high school Bible Quiet Time focuses on the following things:
First, students enjoy independent Bible lessons from The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Study: A Survey of the Old Testament. This non-denominational Protestant study provides a chronological overview of the Old Testament books. It teaches students to read for the main argument and important points in each book of the Bible. As students study and analyze Scripture, they answer insightful questions relating to the text. They also memorize the Ten Commandments and other Scriptures. Additionally, they keep a prayer journal based on the biblical model of prayer.
Second, students learn the words of timeless hymns from ages past with Selah – Greatest Hymns. This audio CD brings hymn study to students in a way that is sure to speak to their hearts. This compilation includes 15 hymns with liner notes that give either a little background on the hymn or a personal note about it. This CD is widely known, highly recommended, and will probably become a family favorite!
U.S. History I: New Testament Survey
In U.S. History I, the high school Bible Quiet Time focuses on the following things:
First, students gain a deeper love for God and His Word with independent Bible lessons from The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Study: A Survey of the New Testament. This non-denominational Protestant study leads students through the New Testament. It helps them draw connections to the Old Testament and guides them to better understand the Bible’s bigger picture. As students study and analyze Scripture, they answer insightful questions relating to the text. They also memorize passages from the New Testament (such as Matthew 6:1-14, 25-34, and Romans 8:26-39). Furthermore, they keep a prayer journal based on the biblical model of prayer.
Second, students enjoy listening to timeless hymns from ages past with When Morning Guilds the Sky, a book and CD set that brings hymn study to students in a way that is sure to speak to their hearts. This compilation includes 12 fully orchestrated hymns performed by Joni Eareckson Tada, Jon MacArthur, and Robert & Bobbie Wolgemuth. Beautiful lyrics, intriguing histories, Biblical wisdom, and inspirational messages focus on the glory of heaven and on the eternal hope we have in the Lord. What better way to glimpse the wonder of Christ?
U.S. History II: Worldview and Apologetics
In U.S. History II, the high school Bible Quiet Time focuses on the following things:
First, students learn to see their faith in a brand new light as they read I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. In this exquisite book, authors Geisler and Turek carefully demonstrate how Christianity is not only more reasonable than other beliefs, but is indeed more rational than unbelief itself. They provide clear answers for those skeptical about Christianity, as well as for Christians seeking to articulate a solid defense of their faith. With conviction they share tested arguments for God’s existence, examine the reliability of New Testament accounts of Jesus, and investigate Christ’s claims.
Second, students tackle questions of absolute truth, postmodernism, moral relativism, and more with the I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist Workbook. This coordinating student workbook includes terms to define, profiles of well-known philosophers to read, discussion questions, exercises to encourage personal reflection, and research projects. As students complete this workbook, they crystalize what they have learned, examine what they believe, and move logically toward the inescapable truths of the Christian faith.
Third, students keep a daily prayer journal based on the biblical model of prayer. Students pray through all four parts of prayer using our “Prayer Journal Insert,” which shares names of adoration for God, ways to honor Him, differences between sins of commission and omission, suggested Psalms to pray in thanksgiving, and encouragement for laying requests before God. By organizing and noting each day’s prayers, students get the opportunity to deepen their relationship with God.
Bible Quiet Time is an important part of the day for each of us! As Christians, having a daily Bible Quiet Time keeps us connected to the Lord in a real, meaningful way. We begin to see our time with God as our way of having our own personal relationship with Him. Next time, I will share how having Bible Quiet Times throughout the years of using HOD has helped each of my sons develop this special habit outside of homeschooling.