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Knowing God

The Knowing God program here at Covenant seeks to help all our students know God; to come to trust him, or to grow and mature as followers of Jesus. To know that living with Jesus as their Lord and Saviour puts every other part of their life and their education in its proper place. 

Understanding the Christian Worldview

Optical lenses are a wonderous invention. Each lens allows us to see the world in a unique and powerful way. Telescopes allow us to see far away worlds, microscopes give us access to the miniscule and glasses correct vision, allowing us to see clearly. Every lens changes the way we see. How we understand the world is shaped by the lenses we use to examine it.

This is a useful analogy for understanding the concept of worldview. Just as we all see the world through our own eyes, we understand it through our own unique perspective. This unique perspective is our worldview. Like a lens shapes everything we see, a worldview shapes everything we think. Just as the right lens in our glasses will help us accurately see the reality of the world around us, the right conception of our worldview will help us accurately understand the reality of the world around us.

Christ shows us that reality. As we come to know God, he shows us who we really are, and what the world really is. As we know him as creator, we see that this is his creation. As we know him as judge, we see the tragedy of our sin. As we know him as Saviour, we see the joy of eternal life. As we know him as Lord, we see the goodness of his way.

One of the great joys of Christian education is that we present Christ and his worldview to our students all the time. All our staff are working together to show how the world is brought into focus when seen through the lens of Christ. As we teach English, Science, History, Health and more, we look at the world through the Christian lens. We see how the Christian worldview is compelling, how it makes sense of the world. We seek to know God more in every aspect of school life, as we look at the world through knowing him.

Yet, as people who wear glasses know, sometimes we need to look at the lens itself. Sometimes they just need a little clean. Sometimes we need a brand-new prescription. ‘Knowing God’ classes are one place that we look at the lens. We look at Christ. We focus on him as he reveals the Father to us by the ministry of his Spirit. We consider our worldviews and why we see the world the way that we do. We consider Christ, and his call to follow him, to know him, to know true life.

Knowing God in Junior School

Kindergarten

More information to come shortly. 

Year 1

Term 1 - God loves his people

Students will look at:

  • God makes the world
  • Adam and Eve are made
  • Adam and Eve don't love him
  • The Flood - Noah is saved
  • Abraham gets promises
  • Isaac is born
  • Joseph is sold
  • Joseph saves his family
  • Easter

Term 2 - God loves his people

Students will look at:

  • Joshua leads into the land
  • David and Goliath
  • I will fear no evil
  • Ahab leads the people away from God
  • Elijah leads the people back to God
  • Jerusalem is destroyed
  • Daniel and the lions
  • God leads his people home
  • God is coming! 

Term 3 - God comes to look after his people, forever

Students will look at:

  • Jesus' baptism by John
  • Jesus is tempted
  • Jesus calls the disciples
  • Sermon on the Mount
  • Calming the storm
  • Foot washing
  • The cross
  • The resurrection

Term 4 - We can be God's people

Students will look at:

  • The Spirit comes
  • 2 ways to live
  • Christmas
Year 2

Term 1 - God is the good King

Students will look at:

  • Eden: the garden of delight
  • Babel: the (attempted) take-over
  • Abraham and the family tree
  • Burning bush - Who is God?
  • Pharaoh says no to God
  • God shows his rule
  • God passes over the blood of the lamb
  • Israel is free from slavery
  • Easter

Term 2 - God's good rule

Students will look at:

  • God's good rules
  • Golden Calf
  • Spies and disobedience
  • Punishment of desert
  • Jericho and promises fulfilled
  • Israel reject God as King
  • Saul is a bad king, but God has a plan
  • David beats Goliath then becomes King
  • David wasn't perfect; God promised a forever King

Term 3 - King Jesus' good rule

Students will look at:

  • Jesus' birth
  • Temptation
  • Jesus rules demons
  • Jesus rules disease
  • Jesus the good shepherd
  • Triumphal entry
  • Death of Jesus
  • Resurrection

Term 4 - God's good rule

  • Gospel beads
Year 3

Term 1 - God talks to...

Students will look at:

  • The Bible is God talking to us
  • God tells the world to happen
  • God teaches us how to live
  • God tells us what went wrong
  • God tells Noah the future
  • God tells Abraham the future
  • God keeps his promises
  • God asks Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son
  • Easter

Term 2 - God talks to...

Students will look at:

  • God tells people his name
  • God tells Pharoah 'Let my people go'
  • God's people listen to him
  • God teaches his people how to live
  • God's commands are good commands
  • God is rightly angry at his people, but he shows them mercy
  • God says 'I am giving you a home'
  • God's people just won't listen

Term 3 - God talks to...

Students will look at:

  • God talks through his Son
  • God wants people to listen to Jesus
  • Jesus calls people to turn back to God and believe the good news
  • Jesus calls people to follow him
  • Jesus' words help people
  • Jesus' words tell people his plan
  • Jesus' salvation plan happens just like he said; Jesus dies 

Term 4 - God talks with...

  • God talks with us

Year 4

Term 1 - God is just and God is gracious

Students will look at:

  • God makes the world
  • Humans are taught about evil
  • Adam and Eve are made
  • Adam and Eve are punished
  • There will be a serpent crusher
  • People do what they have learned
  • God is sad about people being evil
  • God has a plan for salvation
  • God sends the flood
  • Easter

Term 2 - God is just and God is gracious

Students will look at:

  • God gives good commands
  • God gives a good home
  • God is the only God worth loving
  • God helped his people into the land he prromised
  • Israel don't keep their promise to trust God
  • Ehud the Judge
  • Gideon the Judge
  • Samson the Judge
  • Israel has no king

Term 3 - Jesus: God is just and God is gracious

Students will look at:

  • God gives the gift of his Son
  • John calls for repentance 
  • Jesus begins his ministry
  • Jesus' blessings
  • Jesus shepherds his people
  • Sin comes from within
  • God gives salvation

Term 4 - Jesus is just and gracious

Students will look at:

  • Coming to serve
  • Wedding banquet
  • Lord's supper
  • Prayer in the garden
  • Barabbas
  • Jesus dies
  • The resurrection
Year 5

Term 1 - God's got a plan

Students will look at:

  • Creation
  • Sin
  • Abraham
  • Exodus
  • Tabernacle
  • David
  • Easter

Term 2 - God's got a plan

Students will look at:

  • God's kingdom
  • Exile
  • Israel returns
  • Waiting for Jesus
  • God's plan is for Jesus to die
  • God's plan is for Jesus to rise
  • God's plan is to send his spirit
  • God's plan is for the message to spread
  • God's planning to send Jesus back to fix everything

Term 3 - God's got a plan to save

  • Jesus

Term 4

  • Question and answer
Year 6

More information to come shortly. 

Knowing God in Secondary School

Year 7

Students will look at the following topics:

  • Term 1 | Why know God? How to know God - Jesus in the Scriptures
  • Term 2 | Knowing God; Knowing Jesus in Mark's gospel
  • Term 3 | Knowing God; Knowing Jesus (cont.)
  • Term 4 | Trusting God; Trusting Jesus
Year 8

Students will look at the following topics:

  • Term 1 | Why know God? How to know God - God's in the Scriptures
  • Term 2 | Knowing God: The prequel to Jesus
  • Term 3 | Knowing God; The sequel to Jesus
  • Term 4 | Trusting God; Trusting God's Story
Year 9

Students will look at the following topics:

  • Term 1 | Why know God? How to know God - Putting the Scriptures together
  • Term 2 | Knowing God: The Vital Truth
  • Term 3 | Knowing God: Trusting God
  • Term 4 | Trusting God: Loving and serving God
Year 10

Students will look at the following topics:

  • Term 1 | Why know God? How to know God - Thinking it through
  • Term 2 | Knowing God: Knowing Ourselves
  • Term 3 | Knowing God: Trusting him with sex and relationships
  • Term 4 | Trusting God: Is he really trustworthy? 
Year 11

Students will look at the following topics:

  • Term 1 | Why know God? How to know God - Jesus in the Scriptures
  • Term 2 | Knowing God; Knowing Jesus in John's gospel
  • Term 3 | Knowing God; Knowing Jesus (cont.)
  • Term 4 | Trusting God; Trusting Jesus 
Year 12

Students will look at the following topics:

  • Term 1 | Knowing God: Elective 1
  • Term 2 | Knowing God: Elective 2
  • Term 3 | Knowing God: Looking Forward