Grade 8: My Spiritual History
Goal: Your student should learn his family’s spiritual history, including the background or testimonies of parents and grandparents. Your student should learn his nation’s spiritual history.
Your student needs to know his spiritual roots. If your family has a history of Christian belief and church involvement, this will help him appreciate his heritage. If your family does not have a history of Christianity or church involvement, this will still help him understand the influences that caused you to become a Christian parent.
This year encourage your student to interview each member of his direct family life, even if some of them are not believers in Christ. This includes parents, grandparents (if living), and great-grandparents (if living). Print the form below and make as many copies as needed. If your student does not have any living relatives, he could interview you about any knowledge you have of their spiritual history.
After he has completed the interviews, ask him to report to you about what he learned and what he found surprising or unusual.
Share this passage with him and ask him what he thinks it means:
What we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us,
We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power and the wonders he has done.
He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children,
so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds
but keep his commands (Psalm 78:3-7)