1. What well-balanced combination of strengths did Jesus develop as a growing youth? (Luke 2:52)
"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." - Luke 2:52
This verse indicates that Jesus grew mentally (wisdom) as well as physically (stature). He also grew spiritually (in favor with God) and emotionally (in favor with men). These four aspects of personal growth are the focus of the Adventist education system as well as the Pathfinder program.
2. According to Psalm 8 what estimate does God place on your personal worth?
The New International Version translates Psalm 8 as follows:
- 1 O LORD, our Lord,
- how majestic is your name in all the earth!
- You have set your glory
- above the heavens.
- 2 From the lips of children and infants
- you have ordained praise
- because of your enemies,
- to silence the foe and the avenger.
- 3 When I consider your heavens,
- the work of your fingers,
- the moon and the stars,
- which you have set in place,
- 4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
- the son of man that you care for him?
- 5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
- and crowned him with glory and honor.
- 6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
- you put everything under his feet:
- 7 all flocks and herds,
- and the beasts of the field,
- 8 the birds of the air,
- and the fish of the sea,
- all that swim the paths of the seas.
- 9 O LORD, our Lord,
- how majestic is your name in all the earth!
3. Are names important to God? Does He know your name? (Isaiah 43:1, Exodus 33:17, Isaiah 45:4)
4. Demonstrate or discuss proper conversational skills, including:
a. The proper way to talk to adults
Children should address adults using the words Mr, Mrs, and Miss, followed by that person's last name. They should avoid using an adult's first name unless it is also used with a last name. For example, "I talked to John about borrowing his tools," would be considered disrespectful, but saying "I talked to John Smith about borrowing his tools" or "I talked to Mr. Smith about borrowing his tools" shows proper respect.
When speaking to an adult (or anyone else), do not mumble. Avoid slang. Be sure to use such words as "sir," "ma'am," "please," and "thank you." Make eye contact.
b. How to address people and make proper introductions
When addressing adults, again it is respectful to use their last names, as in "Mr Smith" or "Miss Jones." When making introductions, say a woman's name before a man's. If they are both the same sex, use the the older person's name before using younger person's. For instance, you would introduce Mr. Smith and Miss Jones by saying "Miss Jones, I would like for you to meet Mr. Jones." Be sure to allow room so that they may shake hands. You would introduce Mr. Smith to your friend William by saying "Mr. Smith, this is my friend William." You may then tell something about William: "William and I have known each other since the third grade."
c. Questions to avoid
Do not comment on any physical defects in a person, or ask personal questions:
"How long have you had that wart on your elbow?"
"Don't you think you should try to lose a little weight?"
"How much money do you make?"
d. How to think of pleasant things to say
e. How to show concern for the feelings of others
f. What to say when you answer the door
g. How to answer the telephone correctly
5. If you want to use your gift of speech to God's glory, what should your prayer be? (Psalm 19:14)
6. List seven points showing the power of correct posture. Check your posture and body profile. Demonstrate how to stand and sit correctly. Read Education, by Ellen G. White, page 198, paragraph 3, and note the benefits mentioned that come to you as a result of correct posture.
Good posture does the following:
- Provides optimal balance.
- Optimizes breathing.
- Affects the circulation of bodily fluids.
- Reduces back pain.
- Protects the joints from strain.
- Expresses confidence.
- Is considered an integral part of physical attractiveness.
- Improves the body's ability to carry heavy loads.
- Protects against spinal deformity as a person ages.
Education, page 198, paragraph 3 reads as follows:
- "Among the first things to be aimed at should be a correct position, both in sitting and in standing. God made man upright, and He desires him to possess not only the physical but the mental and moral benefit, the grace and dignity and self-possession, the courage and self-reliance, which an erect bearing so greatly tends to promote. Let the teacher give instruction on this point by example and by precept. Show what a correct position is, and insist that it shall be maintained."