What are the first Bible stories that a child should know? Should you teach the Old Testament before the New—or the other way around? How about the really difficult parts—should you tackle those head on, or wait until the child is older? In this workshop, I suggest that the best place to start is not with “Bible stories” (Noah’s ark, David and Goliath), but rather with the Jesus. Jesus is the center of the Christian faith and the proper place to start a child’s Christian education. In grades 1-4, students should get to know him the way the first followers of Jesus did: through his teachings, healings, interactions with his opponents, etc. In grades 5-8, young students should take a huge step back and focus on the big picture of Israel’s Story, the Old Testament; this helps give a greater sense of how Jesus brings Israel’s story to its conclusion. In grades 9-12, students should focus on the historical setting of the Bible. The Bible was not written in a vacuum; knowing something about the cultures in which the Bible was written will help them develop a mature understanding.
Most Christadelphian children are taught in Sunday Schools that employ well-designed curriculums, so there's not a pressing need to adopt a modified version of his curriculum. What I did appreciate was his suggestion that the best place to start was with Jesus, rather than start at the beginning of the Bible. Certainly, from the first Adam to the second Adam, there is a narrative that needs to be taught, but as Enns says, that can come later.
I must admit that this does sound like an interesting approach. How many here think that starting Sunday school with the "stories of Jesus" initially, then stepping back to give the OT backdrop would be a better approach?