Teaching the Course
00 "Edward Markquart’s passion for Scripture, careful interpretation of the Biblical message, and engaging teaching clearly formed the spirit of this vibrant community of faith."

— Dr. Roland Martinson, Academic Dean, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Mn.

How to teach this course
Your guide to working with the Life of Christ

Order a book for each student, Synopsis of the Four Gospels, English Edition, by Kurt Aland from the American Bible Society at a special course discount of 50%. Your price is only $24.99, plus shipping and handling.  Enter discount code SFS50 at check out to get the 50% discount.

Order a CD for the course, The Life of Christ: $250, plus shipping and handling, for Lessons 1-54, Year 1 & 2, with power points and PDF guides.

On the CD, a lesson is provided for each session. It includes an in-depth Bible study, discussion questions, power points, and links to the finest visual aids on the Internet (art, photography, archeology).

As you give your presentation, keep the students’ minds busy looking inside their textbook and focusing on the words on the page. Have students  take notes in the margins of their texts. People enjoy this “in depth” study.

After the class is finished, email the students your lecture/study you have just completed. Students report that the combination of the oral presentation by the instructor, followed by the email of the lesson, is very beneficial. (For those students without computers, make a few “hard copies.”)

There are two-four discussion questions for each class period. These questions are intended for “small group” interaction. Each small group may consist of 3-5 people. People love the small group interactions/sharing times.

Always bring back the discussion to Jesus Christ. In the eyes of many, the stories about Jesus of Nazareth are more attractive than stories from the Old Testament or about the Apostle Paul. By the time this course is completed, students will be living in the mind, spirit, and history of Jesus.

The ideal length of the class time will be approximately 90 minutes. Some will teach it on Sunday mornings, for 50 minutes, modifying as needed.

This course is planned for 54 weeks.  Most congregations may teach it in two years: 12 weeks in the fall, 7 weeks in the winter, and 8 weeks in the spring.  Other congregations may teach it in three years:  six weeks in fall, winter, and spring.

Still others will teach it in customizeable mini-courses.


Use a laptop which is connected to the Internet. Insert the CD. Attach a projector to the laptop to show images from the Internet and power points.

An instructor may want to have a technician present to manage the power points and use the links to show images (art, archeology) from the Internet.

An instructor may simply teach from his/her laptop.

Still others may...
Create a “hard copy” of two teaching notebooks of the actual teaching materials, one for the instructor and the other for a technician.

Print the lessons on three-holed paper, black only, light ink. Use notebook dividers for each

Feel free to revise this course in any way that benefits the congregation and reflects the values and theology of the instructor.


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