The Genesis of a Legacy: Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World curriculum was designed to help parents raise their children in a Biblical, God-honoring environment to give them a solid foundation to become God-honoring adults. While the curriculum can be used in a home environment, it was created for a group setting to allow for more diverse discussion and accountability during the study. The course itself is scheduled for 11 sessions, which lasts roughly 60 minutes. Of course, this can be adjusted as an individual group finds necessary.
The curriculum set comes with a leader’s guide and a set of five DVDs. The leader(s) can print out the worksheets from the DVD or from the Answers in Genesis website (Editor's note: Now labeled as the RGC Leader Guide and Participant's Guide -- links are current as of the date this review was published). It’s recommended that each participant have their own 3-ring notebook to store all of the worksheets.
Six of the sessions feature video lessons presented by either Ken Ham or Steve Ham. The other five sessions are facilitator lead. All of the information needed to lead these sessions is contained within the leader’s guide. The leader’s guide is very thorough and takes the facilitator through the sessions step-by-step. The leader’s guide/participant worksheets contain a detailed outline of all the material covered in the videos. Answers to the opening questions and group discussion questions are provided at the end of the leader’s guide.
The sessions themselves are broken down into different segments, including an introduction/review, lesson, small group discussion questions, and answers to frequently asked questions. Participants will then be given homework to complete and bring to the next session. The homework includes resources for deeper study (if desired).
Topics covered in the sessions include:
- The Genesis Family: building a Biblical foundation, leaving an eternal legacy. (Ken Ham)
- The Genesis Worldview: teaching a Biblical worldview. (Ken Ham)
- Vegemite Kids: Teaching your children to acquire a taste for Godly things from the beginning. (Ken Ham)
- God-Given Roles in Marriage (Facilitator)
- God-Given Roles in the Family (Facilitator)
- Discipline: Producing a Harvest of Peace and Righteousness (Facilitator)
- Communicating Biblically with Your Children (Facilitator)
- Growing a Godly Heritage (Steve Ham)
- The Family Fortress (Steve Ham)
- Developing a Biblical Mindset about Money and Possessions (Facilitator)
- Parenting Practices (Steve Ham)
Additional recommended resources to use with this course are the books Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World and Already Gone (please see related reviews). Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World: Leaving a Lasting Legacy gives parents more in-depth study into the topics covered in the sessions. Already Gone features a study conducted by Britt Beemer of America’s Research Group which shows some scary and staggering statistics about the young people in our church and helps give us a glimpse into some of the reasons why young people are leaving the church, their faith behind. It also gives some ways to combat this alarming trend.
If you’re looking for a small group study for parents (or parents-to-be) that is Christ-centered, creation-based, and family focused, this could be the perfect study for you. If you and your spouse want to do a study that will guide you in creating a godly home environment that is based upon solid Biblical principles, this study could be for you. On the other hand, if you do not want a creation-based study, this probably won’t be the study for you or your small group unless you can look past these foundational beliefs that are woven into the study.