Lipscomb Academy’s Bible curriculum purposefully intertwines the story of God with the story of each individual life. Using a narrative framework, we desire for students to see the Bible as God’s story and begin to recognize themselves as characters in that ongoing story. In age-appropriate ways, our students are challenged to learn about God, discover how to live out His message in a broken world, and begin to encounter the world around them with the hope and love that Christ embodies.
During the elementary school years, the focus is on being immersed in the stories of the Bible and discovering what each reveals about the character of God. It lays the foundation for a deeper relationship as children come to know God and His word.
Middle school builds on the foundation by continuing to learn about God and understand His character. Our desire is for students to know God, and so there is less emphasis on memorizing facts and more importance placed on understanding what each story reveals about God and where we fit in His story. As students mature, they are challenged to engage with God’s story and wrestle with its relevance to their own lives and world. Eighth graders have a unique opportunity to study in a gender-split environment. On the cusp of high school with its increased choices and pressures, these students engage the Bible in a different way as they talk candidly about the challenges of living a Christ-honoring life and what it means to find one’s identity as a child of God.
High school students continue to discover who God is, but there is increased emphasis on identifying themselves as actors in God’s story and finding meaning and purpose in living as part of His story. Classes study the story of Israel, the story of Jesus and the story of the church; at every turn students are asked to consider what they are learning about God and about themselves as participants in this story. Additionally, students are challenged to struggle with how faith intersects with the world around them, how to live a life that honors God and brings light to a broken world, and how to engage the world through a lens of hope, reconciliation, and love.