Thursday, October 17, 2013

Our American Heritage- week one

Here is week one of the lesson plan I compiled. Just remember this is for someone who believes God has laid this on their heart. Be free to take this and use it as God wants you to use it. We need to keep informed and tell this next generation.

Week 1
Scenario 1- read and discuss by showing how scripture can be use to help them with that situation- allow 5 to 10 minutes

You are sitting at lunch with your friends. They are texting mean things to other kid you know. What do you do? What do you think God would want you to do? 
1 John 3:16-17, Eph 4:29, 31-32 or if you found any verses yourself

Bill of Rights- explain what they are and give the first 3- 5 minutes
Lesson: Our Founding Fathers loved God?!- 15 minutes
The goal for this lesson: to show the kids that the Founding Fathers were serious about God and His word.
       The Lesson (remember this is only a brief outline for you to add or take away   
               and allow God to lead you)
Our Constitution’s, or the rules for our country to be run properly (explain the 3 parts and how they keep each other accountable to each other), main source is the Bible. Our Founding Fathers used scripture and theologians and judges who also used scripture in order to make our Constitution and our country great. They believed that God was calling them to use the Bible, their guide, to living life fully for God.
The Constitution’s usage of the Bible mostly came from Deuteronomy which is the book that God had Mosses write in order to show Israel, God’s nation, the laws He wanted them to live by. One example from our Constitution is Article 2 Section 1- President must be natural born citizen- Deut 17:15
 No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President” (1)
Deut 17:15 “you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother.”
Other sources for the Constitution are men who also loved God and used scripture in their writings that the Founding Fathers used.
John Locke- Theologian who wrote many writings “including a verse-by-verse commentary on Paul's Epistles. He also compiled a topical Bible, which he called a Common Place-Book to the Holy Bible, that listed the verses in the Bible, subject by subject.” (2)
William Blackstone- a judge in England that wrote “legal writings that were considered as the final authority in American courts for a century-and-a-half after the adoption of the U. S. Constitution” (3)
Charles Louis de Secondet Baron de Montesquien- a French Philosopher who wrote the book Spirit of the Laws that heavily influenced the 3 branches of our government.
Besides the Founding Fathers using the Bible for the starting of our country, they also saw it important for themselves to apply it to their lives. John Jay (our first Judge for the Supreme Court), John Adams (our second president of the United States), and Elias Boundinot (president of the continental congress) were a few of the men who believed in the Bible more than something you just read for 10 or 15 minutes everyday. Elias Boundinot made the comment
In short, were you to ask me to recommend the most valuable book in the world, I should fix on the Bible as the most instructive both to the wise and ignorant. Were you to ask me for one affording the most rational and pleasing entertainment to the inquiring mind, I should repeat, it is the Bible; and should you renew the inquiry for the best philosophy or the most interesting history, I should still urge you to look into your Bible. I would make it, in short, the Alpha and Omega of knowledge” (4)

Some other men who were part of building our country on God’s Word were Benjamin Rush and John Witherspoon

Benjamin Rush was a physician, educator, philanthropist, and statesman. He graduated from Princeton (1760) and then studied medicine in Philadelphia, Edinburgh, London, and Paris. He served in the Continental Congress (1776-77) and signed the Declaration of Independence (1776). Rush also: suggested to Thomas Paine that he write Common Sense (1776) and supplied the title for it as well as helped publish it; was Surgeon-General of the Continental Army (1777-78); and was one of the founders of Dickinson College (1783). He was an influential delegate to the State ratification convention for the federal Constitution (1787), and along with James Wilson, one of the principal coauthors of the Pennsylvania constitution (1789-90). Rush served as Treasurer of the U. S. Mint under Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison (1797-1813). He mediated a reconciliation between long time political rivals John Adams and Thomas Jefferson; was a founder of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery (1774) and its president; founder and Vice-president of the Philadelphia Bible Society (1808-13); member of the First Day Society of Philadelphia (1790); and a member of the Abolition Society (1794-97). Benjamin Rush is called the “Father of American Medicine” for his numerous medical discoveries. (5) (this is a source for you to share to the kids also check out the link in the sources)

John Witherspoon (1723-1794) was a distinguished Founding Father - the president of Princeton University, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and a ratifier of the U.S. Constitution. He served on over 100 committees in Congress and was head of the Board of War (essentially, he was the congressional "boss" for Commander-in-Chief George Washington). But John Witherspoon was also a minister of the Gospel - he was the Rev. Dr. John Witherspoon! In fact, Dr. Witherspoon was the Billy Graham of his day - one of the most famous American ministers of that era, with volumes of published Gospel sermons. (6) (this is a 
source for you to share to the kids also check out the link in the sources)


Even the judges in the Judicial court system had men that loved Jesus and wanted to spread the Gospel.
James McKean- signer of the Declaration of Independence- a chief justice- when he sentenced someone to death, he also gave an altar call so the convict would get a chance to ask God for forgiveness and to gain hope
Tom Rush- a judge from Pennsylvania- would tell prisoners, soon to die, that there is no hope for pardon here on earth, but the prisoner could seek pardon from above and told them how to do so
Charles Finney- apart of the Second Great Awakening- wanted to be a lawyer and went to law school. In his law textbooks, they gave laws and scriptures from the Bible to back it up. Through reading the Bible through his textbooks, Finney became a Christian. 


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