S.O.T.’s foremost strength is the clearly identifiable Biblical principles and precepts interwoven into the curriculum. A God-centered, theistic philosophy is basic to every PACE, and illustrations of desired character traits are sequenced in character strips and motivational activities.
“Precept upon precept; line upon line” (Isaiah 28:10) is a proven method of implanting Biblical truths in hearts, and, according to James he or she matures mentally as well as physically.
In PACE Levels one through eight, students are required to memorize Scripture verses that illustrate the assigned PACE character trait. From the Goal page to the Self-Test, the PACE Scripture verse is continuously presented to the child, and on the PACE Test, he must be able to accurately quote the verse and its reference from memory. Beginning in the ninth level, in addition to memorizing the Scripture, the student is also required to complete activities that draw out and apply the principles and applications of the assigned PACE Scripture. Biblical nuggets are also sprinkled throughout PACEs, keeping Scriptural principles and their application recurrently before the child.
In addition to memorizing assigned PACE Scriptures, students must take responsibility for memorizing as the assigned monthly passage. This monthly Bible memory selection should be read in unison each morning in opening exercises, and each student must recite the passage from memory to the supervisor before the end of the month.
Other more challenging S.O.T. Bible memorization programs include those completed for awards at Student Conventions. The Golden Apple Award required memorizing the entire Book of Proverbs; The Golden Harp Award calls for memorizing the entire Book of John; the Christian Worker Award entails memorizing the Books of Colossians, I and II Thessalonians, I and II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, I and II Peter, and I, II, III John; and the Christian Soldier Award necessitates memorizing the Book of Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, and Philippians. Memorizing entire Books of the Bible not only instills Biblical Principles and character qualities in the heart and life of a student but also cultivates the scholastic ability to memorize large amounts of information, which will be beneficial for advanced and college-level study.
Application of Biblical principles, development of Godly character, and demonstration of a Christ-like lifestyle are the best preparation a child can receive for a rewarding and beneficial life – for God’s glory.