The purpose of this course is to give an overview of Sacred Scripture with an introduction to the basic principles for understanding and interpreting the Bible. Because of the extent of the scriptural material, this outline will not try to cover the vast content but rather offer comments about Scripture’s purpose and religious significance. Given the limits of a semester of study, it will not be possible to introduce all the books of the Bible here. But every effort is made to project a sense of the unity of the narrative for the divine plan of salvation, the presence of God’s action in this record of his Revelation, and his desire to share his merciful love with us.

*This semester is broken into two parts based on the USCCB Framework. The first is the Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture and the second is a supplemental semester of Sacred Scripture. Life Teen has merged both sets of curriculum into a combined Scripture Semester for High School Catechesis.

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Staff-currated Semester Options

To help you create unique semesters unitilizing Life Nights from different shipments, we've created three options for you to use if you need some help crafting a semester. Use these outlines a suggestion. Supplement as needed by looking at the USCCB semester outline to fill in gaps for your youth group.

We suggest that you build unique semesters based on the USCCB requirements that help your teens understand the Faith. Don't feel compelled to use every night, but pick and choose what fits your group.

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USCCB Semester Outline

Life Teen follows the USCCB semester outline for high school catechesis. We offer the most comprehensive and complete youth ministry curriculum available based on this curriculum. See how our Life Nights fit into each semester of the curriculum below. You'll find on the left the main points from the USCCB framework and to the right what nights fit into each main point. You can find more details about the USCCB catechesis framework in this PDF.

USCCB Outline

Life Nights

I. Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture: How do we know about God?

A. The thirst and desire for God.

B. God revealed in many ways.

II. Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture: About Sacred Scripture

A. Divine Inspiration.

B. How the Bible came to be.

C. Sacred Scripture in the life of the Church.

III. Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture: Understanding Scripture

A. Authentic interpretation of the Bible is the responsibility of the teaching office of the Church

B. Criteria for interpreting the Sacred Scripture

C. Senses of Scripture

D. The Bible in relation to science and history

E. Ancillary approaches to Scripture.

IV. Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture: Overview of the Bible

A. Old Testament

B. New Testament

C. The unity of the Old Testament and the New Testament

V. Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture: The Gospels

A. The Gospels occupy the central place in Scripture

B. Three stages in the formation of the Gospels

C. The Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

D. The Gospel of John.

VI. Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture: Challenges

A. Is it true that Catholics do not use or read the Bible?

B. Isn’t the Bible just another piece of literature?

C. Is the Bible literally true?

D. Isn’t the Bible about the past? Why do people today think it applies to them?

E. Why do Catholics maintain beliefs and practices that are not in the Bible?

F. Why do some people try to change what the Church teaches about Jesus Christ?

I. Sacred Scripture: Divine Revelation - God Speaks to Us

A. God’s self revelation in words, deeds, covenants.

B. Transmission of Divine Revelation.

C. Sacred Scripture

D. Faith is our personal and communal response to revelation.

II. Sacred Scripture: The Pentateuch or Torah - First Five Books of Scripture

A. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

B. Book of Genesis

C. Book of Exodus

D. Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

III. Sacred Scripture: Joshua and the era of the Judges

A. Book of Joshua, successor to Moses, begins conquest of Promised Land

B. Judges – God’s Charismatic Leaders – Rescue Israel from Enemy

C. Story of Ruth

IV. Sacred Scripture: Historical Books

A. 1 and 2 Samuel

B. 1 and 2 Kings

V. Sacred Scripture: Wisdom Books

A. Wisdom Literature: a collection of practical guides to human problems and questions

B. The Book of Job – the problem of suffering and Job’s response

C. Psalms: Prayer of God’s People, and Church’s prayer

D. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom, Sirach

VI. Sacred Scripture: The Prophets

A. Their purpose and Prophets

B. Isaiah (8th century BC)

C. Jeremiah (640-587 BC)

D. Ezekiel (6th century BC)

E. Daniel

F. Other Prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

VII. Sacred Scripture: Overview of the New Testament

A. Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

B. Acts of the Apostles

C. Letters or Epistles attributed to Paul, James, Peter, John, and Jude

D. Revelation

E. These 27 books are authoritative for Christian life and faith

VIII. Sacred Scripture: The Gospels

A. The word Gospel means Good News of salvation from sin and the gift of divine life.

B. Matthew

C. Mark

D. Luke

E. John

IX. Sacred Scripture: Acts of the Apostles

A. Revelation of Holy Spirit who manifests, teaches and guides Church

B. The Infant Church – communio

C. Stories of Peter

D. Stories of Paul

X. Sacred Scripture: The Letters

A. The Letter to the Romans

B. The First Letter to the Corinthians

C. Other New Testament Letters

XI. Sacred Scripture: The Book of Revelation

A. This book is fundamentally about Christ’s in-breaking into history and the world’s fight against him and his followers.

B. Written to encourage the faith of seven churches chapters (2-3) which were subject to harassment and persecution from Jewish and Roman authorities. These churches also suffered from internal disorder, false teaching and apathy.

C. Use of apocalyptic language – borrowed from Ezekiel and Daniel.

D. John on Patmos receives call from vision of Christ to help churches.

E. John uses crisis imagery to prophesy final mysterious transformation of world at end of history, ” a new heaven and a new earth.”

XII. Sacred Scripture: Challenges

A. Why do Catholics believe in things that are not found in the Bible?

B. Why isn’t Scripture enough for Catholics?

C. Why does the Catholic Bible have more books?