|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on September 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM|
The Sword Study is a unique way to involve all ages in the family in the study of the Bible. The series that I was sent to review focused on II Timothy. This is a 10 week study (FYI many of the activities in the Level 5 Leader's guide include activities that lend themselves to a summer type setting. But these are merely suggestions and not you have to-do this. Some of activities are also not something to do last minute so the parent/leader might want to go through the guide ahead of time to be sure that whatever activity they decide to go with they can have the materials on hand, such as suggested DVD's, games, books, etc.)
Level 1 is a one page activity per day while the other levels 2-5 are several pages that involve reading II Timothy in depth the first week. Successive weeks focus on the individual chapters and verses and supporting Biblical references.
By the time the ten weeks have passed one will have an in depth understanding of II Timothy, Paul and the world at that time. Between each week the reader is introduced to various persons who have upheld the Christian faith through their lives including Amy Carmichael, Eric Liddell, William Tyndale, and others. There crossword puzzles, word searches, times lines and more to help get those in Levels 2-5 more involved. Readers are also introduced to the advantages of using a concordance and Greek Lexicon when studying the Bible. All in all it is a good study guide for a family setting. I can also see that this would be an excellent study for a church or homeschool group as well.
I was provided a copy of this study series by Glass Road Media and Management in exchange for my honest review of these materials.
If you have tried to study the Bible together as a family, you are painfully aware that it has been impossible to find a study that suits every age level in your family...until now. The Sword Study series from the Shelby Kennedy Foundation is now available to help you and your family become students of the Word together. The Sword Study series includes materials for everyone from ages 4 to 104.
About the Study:
Organized into different levels according to age, each study provides in-depth material from the same book of the Bible. Each study book is synchronized to cover the same truths at the same time but with graphics and learning tools appropriate for the age group.
Level 1, for ages 4-7, is an activity book with coloring, drawing, matching and other fun learning tools.
Level 2, for ages 7-10, contains light reading, fill-in-the-blank, and application sections.
Level 3, for ages 11-14, involves more investigation and questions for the student to answer.
Level 4, for teens and adults, steps up the reading and the depth of study including the definition of several Greek or Hebrew terms.
Level 5, is for the parent or study leader with guidance and background to lead a group of all ages includes a copy of Level 4.
The Sword Study series, originally created for competitors in The Shelby Kennedy Foundation's National Bible Bee, is now available to everyone for the first time. Families no longer have to compete in the Bible Bee to establish family discipleship in the home with this one-of-a-kind study. The Sword Study available for this tour is II Timothy. I John is also available to the public and I Peter is scheduled for release in the fall of 2013. A new study is scheduled to be released each year. For more information visit www.swordstudy.org.