I want to thank EP Books for providing a copy of Bitesize Theology in return for my honest review.
This fall our family will be transitioning our boys from elementary school work into middle school studies. I’ll be posting later this week about our plans for the coming year as far as curriculum and media go. One of the subjects my husband and I have agreed to introduce and be faithful about covering is theology. We want our children to truly understand biblical doctrine and be able to readily explain words such propitiation, justification, and regeneration.
This is not because we hope their heads will swell and explode — it’s because God’s Word is important, and being biblically grounded is foundational to a vibrant relationship with Christ…..
As such, I’ve been searching for materials that can be used to educate our kids in the area of theology. With my classical / Charlotte Mason-ish bent, I like to approach an issue from a number of different angles, and use a variety of mediums. EP Books has been kind enough to give me the freedom to choose books I’d like to review, and with my current search for materials for next year underway, Bitesize Theology: An ABC of the Christian Faith by Peter Jeffery (EP Books, 2000) topped my list.
Bitesize Theology is a fantastic primer for middle school and high school students of the basics of the Christian faith. The book is written for lay people, and as such, would be an excellent introduction to parents hoping to disciple their children as well. At just 109 pages, the book is manageable and easy to progress through. Each chapter is short — just 6 pages or less. The chapters are each divided into subtopics, making them perfect for shorter devotional readings (if that’s the way your family rolls).
Each of the 20 chapters covers a very specific aspect of theology, breaking it down into salient points. These points are thoroughly supported by Scripture. There’s an “It’s Worth Quoting” section at the end of each chapter with an excerpt on the given subject from a well-know (theologically conservative) writer. Review questions help students think through what they’ve learned in the light of Scripture, and each chapter also includes a suggestion for a book that would allow for further reading on the given topic. (Perhaps great resources for high school students!)
Bitesize Theology is a great little primer on theology for your older students. It’s clear, to-the-point, and encouraging. You don’t have to take my word for it, though. The book comes recommended by Pastor John MacArthur who says: “Peter Jeffery has a unique gift for presenting difficult concepts precisely, with clear and simple language. Bitesize Theology is both sound and simple — a combination that is all too rare in modern evangelical literature. This is an invaluable resource for both lay people and serious students of theology.”
Bitesize Theology covers the following topics:
- ABC (The point of studying theology)
- Big Words
- The Holy Spirit
- The Trinity
- Repentance and Faith
- Union with Christ
- Eternal Security
- The Second Coming
What resources are you using to study theology with your students?
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- Backchat: Answering Christianity’s Critics by Chris Sinkinson
- Festo Kivengere by Frank Retief
- Zachary Macaulay by Faith Cook
- The Third Day: The Gospel of Luke Chapters 22-24 illustrated by Alex Webb-Peploe & designed by André Parker
- Bitesize Theology: An ABC of the Christian Faith by Peter Jeffrey
- Titanic, the Ship of Dreams: John Harper by Robert Plant
- Questions God Asks by Israel Wayne
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Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.