Introducing the Christian Discipleship Approach
from Kevin Swanson and Generations
Many families do not realize that the curriculum they have chosen for their children actually conveys the wrong worldview of history, science, life’s purpose, and truth. It should not be surprising then to discover that 80-95% of teens growing up in Christian homes are abandoning a biblical worldview in this generation. The time has come to teach every subject from a Christian worldview perspective. It’s time to redefine a distinctively Christian approach to education.
Generations is pleased to introduce the Christian Discipleship Curriculum. We don’t think the Christian worldview should be conveyed in a single isolated course. The Christian worldview must be integrated into every course, every school year, and every hour of our children’s education experience. It must hang like a frontlet between their eyes, as they study history, science, literature, and math. (Deut. 6:8-9)
The four indispensable pillars for the Christian Discipleship Curriculum include Family Discipleship, Biblical Worldview, Best Teachers/Best Books, and Worship and Life Application. (Read more below).
The Core Curriculum for Passing on the Faith
The Christian Discipleship Curriculum presents the “Core Curriculum,” focusing on five core areas of study: History, Literature, Worldview & Culture, Bible and Christian Character. These areas of study comprise the “core curriculum” for passing on the faith to the next generation.
- History must emphasize the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and the story of His Kingdom above all else.
- Literature should prioritize the great Christian classics, and examine non-Christian writers from a biblical worldview.
- Worldview & Culture studies must be rooted in the authority and relevance of God’s word for all of life.
- The Bible must be taught as the essential program for equipping young men and women for every good work. (2 Tim 3:17)
- Christian Character development should accompany academic studies as part of a Christian education.
We are excited to release this new Core Curriculum for grades 6-12, and we pray that these resources will assist you as you seek to pass on the Faith to your children.
For Christ and His Kingdom,
What Is Distinctively Christian Curriculum?
Fathers and mothers are responsible for raising their children in the atmosphere of the Lord’s nurture (Deut. 6:7, Eph. 6:4). Family discipleship must involve the consistent and diligent teaching of God’s recommended curriculum: the Bible.
Training in a biblical worldview is the crying need of our day. What will it look like to teach our children with a biblical worldview? First, Jesus Christ must be preeminent in history, literature, and science (Col. 1:18). Secondly, the most essential building block of knowledge (above and beyond every other component) is the fear of God (Prov. 1:7). Thirdly, our children must be prepared with strong biblical foundations to defend the faith (2 Cor. 10:4-6).
Best Teachers, Best Books
The best teachers write the best books. Therefore, we must always prefer Christian teachers over non-Christian teachers because our students will be like those that teach them (Luke 6:40). Abiding and enduring books are a thousand times worth reading over the books that come and go through the centuries. It is wise to set your children at the feet of the best teachers by reading the greatest Christian books.
Worship and Life Application
Without life application, knowledge is fleeting and becomes an exercise in pride and self-deception (James 1:22-24). Discipleship and mentorship must include life application. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, and real reverence will result in worship and obedience to the Word.
6th Grade Core Curriculum
Experiencing Christian History Through the Ages Set
Learn how Great Britain was conquered and subsequently abandoned by the Romans. Read of the first missionaries who took the Gospel to western Europe. See how the Gospel spread to Britain and Ireland, and then returned with great force to continental Europe through the influence of British and Irish missionaries. Become familiar with the many persecutions God’s people faced over the centuries, and how these sufferings continued to build the church. Finally, behold the work of God in the Reformation in France, and the courageous French Huguenots who carried the light of the Gospel to their fellow Frenchmen.
Great Christian Stories for Children Set
In this Literature course for 5-6 grade, students will read three classic works of literature written from a Christian perspective, including Johanna Spyri’s timeless classic Heidi, an abridged and simplified version of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, and Brother Andrew’s famous missionary story God’s Smuggler.
God Made Animals
For the sixth grade student, Generations introduces a biblical worldview into the field of science in the most winsome way possible. Captured in this introduction to animal biology are the most amazing facts and the most interesting facets of God’s creation. The course is filled with Scripture and with a sense of wonder and praise, which is only fitting for a Christian child’s education. Prayers of praise and hymns play an important part in the course. Critical elements of the biblical worldview in the scientific field are laid out, to counter the false view of science that has become increasingly destructive in the present day.
Proverbs: The Companion Lesson Book
It should go without saying that there is a good deal of wisdom and knowledge to be found in the Book of Proverbs. It was the original curriculum, produced about 3,000 years ago intended as the basic education for a young man (or young woman). Could this wisdom be just as relevant and just as important now, even after being displaced by a thousand “new and improved” systems of thought? At the very least, Christian parents should be most interested in providing this compendium of knowledge to their children from their earliest years.
Our children should be able to internalize and apply the principles found in the Book of Proverbs from their earliest years. If our children will be rooted in all 1,000-plus lessons found in Proverbs before they reach adulthood, they should begin to work through them as early as 8 or 9 years of age.
Ten Boys Who Used Their Talents
Lightkeepers; The internationally best-selling series from an award-winning biographer J S Bach; Paul Brand; John Bunyan; James Clerk Maxwell; Wilfred Grenfell; C.S. Lewis; Samuel Morse; Ghillean Prance; C.T. Studd; George Washington-Carver; What can you do for God? These ten boys grew up to become successful men. The two things they have in common is that they all put to good use the talents and gifts they had, and they all believed that God had given them to be used.
Ten Girls Who Didn’t Give In
These ten girls grew up to become women who didn’t give in. Living as a Christian was difficult. They chose to do the right thing instead of the easy thing. Would you give in or would you resist? In a world where we give in too easily – be inspired by those who didn’t! These women chose eternal life, love, and joy, through obedience, hardship, and life-threatening – and life-taking, danger.
7th Grade Core Curriculum
Pick up a textbook on World History and you will find one major recurring theme. Such and such a nation rose to power. And the same nation eventually declined into obscurity. And then another nation or kingdom rose to power. And it too declined, and it became another footnote on the pages of history. The story of Christ’s kingdom is very different. Nations rise and nations fall. But the kingdom of Jesus lasts forever. Become a front-row spectator in this grand triumph of God’s people against Satan’s kingdom. And even though the church faces persecution, suffering, and sometimes even a decline in numbers, the kingdom of Christ marches on. The gates of Hell will not be able to prevail against the onslaught of Christ and His disciples against the forces of spiritual darkness.
Great Christian Adventures
In this Literature course for 7th grade, students will read three classic works of literature written from a Christian perspective, including a historical fiction account of the life of Christ (Titus: A Comrade of the Cross), a novel (The Swiss Family Robinson), and a classic missionary biography (The Life of Henry Martyn).
What Does the Bible Say About That?
In this exciting new worldview curriculum for children, Kevin Swanson presents the very basics of a Biblical worldview for children. At some point, every child needs to see the “forest from the trees.” This introduction to a biblical worldview will help kids make sense of the world around them, and it shows them the big picture of God’s truth in the Bible. Presented in a simple, engaging way.
Matthew: Thy Kingdom Come
J. C. Ryle provides the very best commentary and devotional exposition of the book of Matthew that can be found. We could do no better than to use his expositions of the Gospel of Matthew for our Family Bible Study Guide Series. Writing in the 19th century as an evangelical Anglican pastor, Ryle intended these “Expository Thoughts” for family worship. His writing is strikingly simple, profound, practical, and passionate at the same time.
True happiness is not found in money, power, or fame. It is a precious gift from God, available to all who learn to hear His voice and obey His calling. Practical Happiness will light a fire in the hearts of young men, leading them to a life of personal fulfillment as they draw closer to God. Practical Happiness is an excellent read-aloud book for fathers and sons or the whole family. Questions at the end of each chapter make great discussion starters.
The Lost Art of True Beauty
Bestselling author and speaker Leslie Ludy (Set-Apart Femininity and Authentic Beauty) shares a different vision for feminine loveliness as God intended it to be―the breathtaking radiance of a young woman who has been transformed by Christ from the inside out. With candid personal stories, practical advice, and inspiration, Leslie leads young women on a life-changing journey to become women of feminine grace, beauty, and enduring style.
8th Grade Core Curriculum
American Faith Set: 27 Sketches from Winthrop to Wilkerson
Kevin Swanson, Joshua Schwisow, Daniel Noor, Peter Bringe
This unique introduction to American history provides a survey of important events in American history, while digging deep into the real lives of the people who were there. Here you will find 27 vignettes of great American lives, all portraits of American faith. In God’s good providence, He uses men and women of the faith to accomplish remarkable things. America carved out liberties unlike many other nations, thanks to godly men and women. When we see instances of faith in these lives, it is for us to recognize them and point them out to our children. They are examples for us (Romans 15:4, 1 Corinthians 10:6), and we will do well to learn from them.
Great Christian Stories: Essential Literature for Christian Students
Edited by Joshua Schwisow
Read some of the most exciting stories ever told! In this course for 7-9 grade, students will read three classic works of literature written from a Christian perspective, including a classic novel, a classic allegory, and a classic modern biography. This course covers Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, John Bunyan’s The Holy War, and Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place.
Introduction to Logic
This logic course will both challenge and inspire high school students to be able to defend their faith against atheists and skeptics alike. It is a full-year course that will increase a student’s ability to refute the untruths that evolutionists claim as fact. The set includes both a student text and a teacher’s guide with all necessary quizzes and tests. Teaches methods that are reliable and effective in defending truth.
Genesis: In the Beginning
In this family Bible study guide, Kevin Swanson introduces the book of Genesis, which contains the first three thousand years of world history. This is History 101. It is also the history that God thinks is important. While men were busy building their first proud empires, the God who created the universe is more interested in one solitary family wandering about the plains of Canaan, building altars and worshiping God as a family.
Created for Work
Every boy dreams of what he will be when he grows up. However, without a healty, Biblical attitude toward work, young men may continue to just dream but never attain God’s best for them. Created For Work will equip young men to develop excellence in their work habits, which will benefit them, their families, and their employers. This is a one-of-a-kind resource for boys ages 12 and up.
Virtuous walks through fourteen biblical virtues to help women of all ages be actively pursuing fruitfulness in the knowledge of Christ. That is the highest endeavor for Christians, and it doesn’t just happen by accident. From the Scriptures, learn about the Christian woman’s first and highest duty, along with why it’s so important for wives to be “women of valor,” what it looks like to be a leading woman in your community, and what it means to pursue virtue when everyone tells you that sort of thing is no longer important.
9th Grade Core Curriculum
History of the World: The Transforming Influence of Jesus Christ (AD 33 – Present)
Kevin Swanson and John Lambert
How has Jesus Christ changed the world? The story of history answers the question definitively: in every way imaginable. In this comprehensive course, students will embark on a whirlwind journey through 2000 years of world history through the lens of Christ’s Great Commission. To gain a biblical perspective on the history of the world, Christians must view the events of history in light of God’s purpose in glorifying His name through the exaltation of His Son.
Great Christian Classics: Five Remarkable Narratives of the Faith
Edited by Kevin Swanson and Joshua Schwisow
There is a wealth of great literature to study in the history of man, some written by Christians and some by non-Christians. While it is important to survey the writings produced in both the city of man and the city of God, the Christian student should direct special attention to literature produced in the city of God. This study guide covers five of the greatest life narratives of all time. A thorough study of these great books will help the student understand the life, theology, and worldview of some of the greatest Christian men in church history. This textbook covers Augustine’s Confessions, Patrick’s Confessions, Knox’s History of the Reformation in Scotland, Bunyan’s Grace Abounding, and Paton’s missionary Autobiography.
Cultural Issues: Creation and Evolution
Addressing some of the most popular cultural questions about science and Bible, this course will equip students to think logically and apply biblical knowledge correctly. Over 50 faith-affirming topics, including fossils, the age of the earth, the beginning of life, and more are addressed in these two volumes focused on points of contention related to the Bible, faith, and science. Students are given insights to the arguments brought against the faith and the solutions from the Bible and observational science. It is important that kids have answers, information, and strategies when facing destructive influences found in the workplace or school environments.
Proverbs 1: God’s Book of Wisdom
Of all of the possible curriculum choices used for the education of our children, the most important textbook of all is that which God Himself presented in the book of Proverbs. This book is the core curriculum. It is God’s book on how to live life on planet earth. To disregard this book in the education of our children would be a colossal error. With this Study Guide on the book of Proverbs, you will find an entire system of priorities for life’s ethics and purposes.
Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots is perhaps J. C. Ryle’s best-known and, arguably, best-loved book. Although many things have changed since 1877, when this book was first published, one thing remains the same: ‘real practical holiness does not receive the attention it deserves.’ It was to remedy this attention deficit, and to counter false teaching on this most important subject, that Ryle took up his pen. Holiness, as with all of Ryle’s works, is clear and concise, penetrating and practical.
10th Grade Core Curriculum
America In God’s Providence Set
Finally! Here is a Christian worldview approach to American history that teaches reverence for the Almighty, and gives God the glory on every page! This wholly-unique approach to history is essential for the Christian student. This 10th-12th grade level American History Text presents history as Christians must understand it. We bring God’s providential hand into practically every page. We honor Christ as Lord over all.
Great Christian Classics: Four Essential Works of the Faith
Edited by Kevin Swanson and Joshua Schwisow
There is a wealth of great literature to study in the history of man, some written by Christians and some by non-Christians. While it is important to survey the writings produced in both the city of man and the city of God, the Christian student should direct special attention to literature produced in the city of God. This textbook covers four of the most important Christian works of all time. A thorough study of these great books will help the student understand the life, theology, and worldview of the Christian faith. This textbook covers Athanasius’ On the Incarnation, A’Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ, Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, and Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress.
God and Government
Nearly forty years ago, amid the rapid dissolution of the American moral fabric after Roe v. Wade, an old truth started gaining new life in America. It was the truth that had once made America great, but one which she had forgotten-that the Bible is not a collection of disconnected moralisms for private application, but rather a comprehensive guide for all of life, a blueprint for the private and public conduct of all individuals and nations. In 1982, the three-volume God and Government series fanned the flames of this national worldview awakening, establishing that the character of a nation and its people depends on their relationship with God as revealed in Holy Scripture.
Proverbs 2: God’s Book of Wisdom
Of all of the possible curriculum choices used for the education of our children, the most important textbook of all is that which God Himself presented in the book of Proverbs. This book is the core curriculum. It is God’s book on how to live life on planet earth. To disregard this book in the education of our children would be a colossal error.
Disciplines of a Godly Man
This inspiring and best-selling book uses biblical wisdom, engaging illustrations, practical suggestions for daily living, and personal study questions to address the major areas of contemporary Christian manhood.
Disciplines of a Godly Woman
Maybe discipline seems like a hard word to you—implying nothing but challenge and duty. Yet most of us see the value in cultivating spiritual disciplines, and we long to be more consistent in our relationship with God, even in the midst of our busy lives. Combining biblical teaching, poignant stories, and insightful reflection questions, Barbara Hughes explores 15 vital disciplines in this classic book—helping us to mature as godly Christian women and giving meaningful shape to our lives.
11th Grade Core Curriculum
Essential Writings on Church History (AD 33 – Present)
Edited by Kevin Swanson and Joshua Schwisow
The kingdoms of men have their histories and so do Christians. While the stories of the kingdoms of men fade with their empires, these are the stories that have never faded because the Church of Jesus Christ continues to flourish in every corner of this world today. And, the gates of hell cannot prevail against it. These essential writings on church history give first hand accounts of the development of the Christian church in the Western world. This account is the true heritage of every Christian in the world and should be treasured as such.
World Religions and Cults, Vol. 1
Religions in today’s culture seem to be multiplying. Have you ever wondered why certain religions believe and practice what they do? Or how they view the Bible? Many religions and cults discussed in this book openly affirm that the Bible is true, but then something gets in their way. And there is a common factor every time – man’s fallible opinions. In one way or another the Bible gets demoted, reinterpreted, or completely ignored. When you understand a religion’s origins and teachings, you are in a better position to know how to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ as you take the good news to those in false religions.
Proverbs 3: God’s Book of Wisdom
Families and schools spend billions of dollars each year on curriculum for children. Most of the time they forget to include “God’s curriculum”: the Book of Proverbs. In this three-thousand year-old compendium of wisdom, God lays out a full education program in a surprisingly practical form. He takes the most important lessons concerning science, government, business, psychology, human relationships, banking, epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics, and wraps them into simple character lessons for young men and women. Significantly, the faculty who must present these lessons in God’s Book of Wisdom is none other than fathers and mothers!
Kickstart: Launch Your Life
When 36% of college graduates show no cognitive gains after four years of study, and only 51% can find full-time employment after exiting a higher education system with an average price-tag of $72K (public) to $140K (private), how then are we to prepare our young people for their God-given calling so that they’re able to successfully engage the marketplace in a difficult economy? Though man’s education systems are declining, God’s program of relationship-based, character-focused, and life-integrated education has never been more effective. Kickstart is your student’s step-by-step guide to launching their life with clear vision, through powerful mentoring relationships and real-life application.
12th Grade Core Curriculum
The Story of Freedom
True freedom is only possible by the blood of Jesus Christ. It is a substantial freedom that gives birth to other substantial freedoms, and millions are blessed when tyrannies are systematically overthrown. In this course, Students will learn the exciting story of the development of Western liberties over 2,000 years. You will read of the battle for the Magna Carta, the Scottish War for Independence, the Dutch War for Independence, the battle for religious liberties in the 17th century, and America’s War for Independence and the Bill of Rights.
Worldviews in Conflict: A Study in Western Philosophy, Literature, & Culture
Every Christian student should understand the writings that formed the modern world and undermined the Christian foundations in the West. The Christian student should be well equipped to engage the battle of the worldviews before he or she enters adulthood. This course presents a basic introduction to, and critical analysis of, the philosophers, the literary masters, and the cultural influencers of the last three hundred years. A refreshing improvement of most philosophy and literature courses, this course is filled with relevant biblical references and truths that address the false worldviews of the “great” secular humanist works.
The Tattooed Jesus
In an age of Western apostasy, it should come as no surprise to find cultural apostasy leading the way. In this pungent little book, Kevin Swanson challenges the modern Christians that capitulate to the post-Christian worldviews and cultural expressions. He doggedly refuses to separate worldviews and culture, pressing hard for repentance, or a change of worldview in the mind of the reader. Christians are too easily ruined by philosophy and vain deceit after the tradition of men (Col. 2:8), because they are not discerning of bad ideas and bad cultural devices.
The Ultimate Proof of Creation
There is an argument for creation that is powerful, conclusive, and has no true rebuttal. As such, it is an irrefutable argument-an “ultimate proof” of the Christian worldview biblical creation. This book is a complete guide to defending the Christian faith, emphasizing the defense of the Genesis account of creation, built on techniques that have been developed over many years and presentations.
The Gospel of John
J. C. Ryle provides the very best commentary and devotional exposition of John’s Gospel that can be found. We could do no better than to use his expositions of the Gospel of John for our Family Bible Study Guide Series. His writing is strikingly simple, profound, practical, and passionate at the same time.
The Mortification of Sin
In this abridgement of The Mortification of Sin, the famous Puritan John Owen shows the need for Christians to engage in a life-long battle against the sinful tendencies that remain in them, despite their having been brought to faith and new life in Christ. Owen is very insistent that believers cannot hope to succeed in this battle in their own strength. He sees clearly that the fight can be won only through faith in Christ, and in the power of the Spirit. Fighting sin with human strength will produce only self-righteousness, superstition and anxiety of conscience. But with faith in Christ, and with the power of the Spirit, victory is certain. The temptations in times like Owen’s and ours are obvious on every side; the remedy to them is clearly pointed out in this practical and helpful book.
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment
The Rare-Jewel of Christian Contentment is one of the most valuable of Jeremiah Burrough’s writings. Its author was much concerned to promote (1) peace among believers of various ‘persuasions’ (2) peace and contentment in the hearts of individual believers during what he describes as ‘sad and sinking times’. The Rare Jewel concentrates upon this second aim. It is marked by sanity, clarity, aptness of illustration, and warmth of appeal to the heart. ‘There is an ark that you may come into, and no men in the world may live such comfortable, cheerful and contented lives as the saints of God’. Burroughs presses his lesson home with all the fervour and cogency of a true and faithful minister of God
Frequently Asked Questions
Each of the Core Packages includes suggested lesson schedules for each of the tracks. Parents and teachers are free to develop their own lesson schedules, but these suggested schedules provide a starting point for organizing the material each week based on a 36-week course of study. Some of the tracks contain the lesson schedule in the teacher guides. Some of the tracks come with a downloadable lesson schedule as part of your purchase of the Core Package. To find the downloadable lesson schedules, check out our parent resources page.
Click here to download our summary of each of the courses with recommendations on how to assign credits and include on a transcript.
Most of the courses in each Core Package contain essay assignments and exams. These assignments provide a tool for the parent/teacher to gauge their student’s knowledge and retention of the material in the courses. Answer keys are provided for all assignments and examinations.
The Christian Discipleship Curriculum project will continue to develop Christian curriculum in all the common subjects. However, there are a number of Christian curriculum publishers that have produced high-quality curriculum with a biblical worldview. We particularly recommend the curriculum offerings of Master Books (masterbooks.com) for Mathematics and Science.
Most selections in the Character Track are stand-alone books. These particular titles do not have planned assignments accompanying them. However, we recommend parents and students read the book together and spend some time discussing the book material in each chapter to encourage retention and application of the material.
Yes. Most of the courses have a grade range on the cover that provide a suggested grade range for students. Parents/teachers should review the course material to determine whether it is a good fit for their student based on age, difficulty, and content.
Permission is granted for copies of reproducible pages from the Teacher Guides to be made for use within your own homeschooling family activities or for small classrooms of ten or fewer students. Material may not be posted online, distributed digitally, or made available as a download. Permission for any other use of the material must be requested prior to use by email.
The Essentials package contains the three most essential subject categories in the Core Curriculum Package: Bible, History, and Literature. The Complete package contains two additional subject categories: Worldview & Culture and Character.