The Bible reveals God's redemptive purposes, which find their fulfillment in the Person and work of Jesus. In the Beginning...Jesus (also available in Spanish) takes students through a chronological journey through the Bible, looking for key clues that point to Jesus and His death on the cross.
Curriculum Sample and Scope & Sequence
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*Printable from the kit
Order 1 Classroom Kit for each class.
Print Classroom Kit includes:
Please note that the Classroom Kit DOES NOT include the "In the Beginning...Jesus" Banner set - this item must be purchased separately.
Don't have a disk drive? Please contact Customer Care for downloadable files from the disk that comes with the print kit.
Electronic Classroom Kit includes the following files:
Note: Because it may be difficult to match colors with a red plastic sheet when printing the Bible Clue Cards, we have the Bible Clue Card Packet with red plastic decoding sheet available separately.
Electronic License InformationThis Classroom Kit includes a license for 1 Teacher’s Guide. Each licensed copy of the electronic Teacher’s Guide may be used by one individual. This material may not be shared among multiple or rotating users. However, if a different individual is using the curriculum at a later date and you have asked the previous user to delete the file (and destroy or return any print copies), the resource may be assigned to a different individual.
The resource files included with each kit (not including the Teacher’s Guide) may be shared with the co-teachers, small group leaders, and parents in the class as explained by the licensing information in the kit.
Order 1 Teacher’s Guide for each additional co-teacher or small group leader.
The Teacher’s Guide is designed for use with the Classroom Kit for this curriculum. The Teacher’s Guide includes the curriculum introduction, lesson content, and appendix (but not the visuals or curriculum resources that are part of the Classroom Kit). Each Teacher’s Guide is designed to equip a small group leader or co-teacher with a copy of the curriculum to study and pray through as they prepare to minister to the children under their care.
Choose between 3-ring binder, spiral bound, or electronic download (386 pages).
Electronic License InformationEach licensed copy of the electronic Teacher’s Guide may be used by one individual. This material may not be shared among multiple or rotating users. However, if a different individual is using the curriculum at a later date and you have asked the previous user to delete the file (and destroy or return any print copies), the resource may be assigned to a different individual.
Bulk DiscountOrder 5 or more Teacher’s Guides to receive a discount.
Order 1 for each class.
This banner measures approximately 32" x 48."
We strongly recommend that you purchase an In the Beginning…Jesus banner as an important part of the curriculum. This full-color banner is made of durable vinyl with grommets for hanging so that it can be reused year after year and includes a set of Picture Clues and Check Marks printed on smooth poly. This resource is a creative teaching aid that children use to discover hidden clues. The Picture Clues are attached to the banner week by week. This banner constantly focuses the attention of the children on Jesus Christ and His work on the cross on behalf of sinners.
Note: the banner design has been refreshed, but both banner/poster versions can be used with either the original or the revised curriculum.
International Customers: contact us for electronic options.
Order 1 for each class (fewer than 15 students).
This banner measures approximately 16" x 25."
We strongly recommend that you purchase an In the Beginning… Jesus banner as an important part of the curriculum. This full-color banner is made of smooth poly with grommets for hanging so that it can be reused year after year and includes a set of Picture Clues and Check Marks printed on poly. This resource is a creative teaching aid that children use to discover hidden clues which are added week by week to the banner. This banner constantly focuses the attention of the children on Jesus Christ and His work on the cross on behalf of sinners.
Order 1 for each class. (Optional)
Stunning full-color visuals are printed on heavy duty cardstock for use in teaching the curriculum. A Bible Clue Card Packet with a red plastic decoding sheet is included.
Note: You can print visuals yourself from the Curriculum Resources which are included in the Classroom Kit. (198 pages)
Order 1 for each student.
The Student Workbook, rather than weekly take-home worksheets, is used because a book that a child has diligently worked on, week by week, over the course of the study will provide the child with a lasting reminder of the lessons and key themes. The workbooks are kept in class each week. Children take their workbook home at the completion of the course. The workbooks can then serve to assist parents in reviewing with their children precious truth about God.
Workbooks are a valuable tool for students to use during application time. They are useful for generating discussion, assessing student understanding, reviewing important concepts, and applying principles learned.
Choose between print (spiral bound) or electronic download (88 pages).
Electronic License Information: Each licensed copy of the Student Workbook is for single use by one child. The Student Workbook may not be reprinted or reused. Single copies may be made for visitors, but a license must be purchased if the child becomes a regular attendee.
ADDITIONAL Bible Clue Card Packet with red plastic decoding sheet.
Bible Clue Cards are part of the Classroom Kit and Visuals Packet and are printable from the Resource Files in the Classroom Kit.
Because of difficulty matching the colors of the Bible Clue Cards with a red plastic sheet, this Bible Clue Card Packet with red plastic sheet is available separately.
Order 1 for each student and/or small group.
Scripture memorization is encouraged throughout the curriculum. Verse Card packs provide a handy tool for children to take home while memorizing verses relevant to their class study. Verse cards are printed on sturdy cardstock and bound with a metal ring in a size that fits easily into a purse or backpack.
Order 1 booklet for each student. (Optional)
The Growing in Faith Together (GIFT) pages help connect church and home as parents and children discuss lesson content taught in the classroom. Parents are given a summary of the lesson along with a list of the main ideas and Scripture taught. Other items include:
Note: GIFT pages are bound in these spiral booklets. (Teachers with a Classroom Kit may email a PDF of the GIFT Pages to parents or print and send them home each week. Parents may also purchase the curriculum title within the Growing in Faith Together App.)
Order 10 or more GIFT booklets to receive a discount.
The Bible is one complete true story that progressively reveals God's redemptive plan, which comes to complete fulfillment in the Person and work of Jesus Christ. In the Beginning...Jesus begins with a historical mystery—Jesus' death on the cross—and asks the questions: "What really happened here?" "Why did Jesus die?" and "Who did it?".
To find the answers to these questions, the study goes to the beginning of the Bible narrative in Genesis and then moves chronologically through the Old Testament text as students search for clues that foreshadow the coming of Jesus and His redemptive work on the cross. Special emphasis is given to showing that the Bible is God's story from beginning to end and that Jesus is the key to understanding the story.
Electronic curriculum is a great option for many teachers. Learn about how to use our electronic resources and our policies regarding electronic licenses.
The revised curriculum was released in 2020. If you’re looking for the original In the Beginning...Jesus curriculum or wanting to upgrade to the revised version, contact Customer Care.