We Hold To The Authority of Scripture
And Embrace The Work of The Spirit

Timeline Kids Curriculum is not produced by any particular denomination or theological tradition. Under the covering of our local church UPPERROOM Dallas, we strive to maintain a faithful witness to the Gospel, that’s in line with what Jesus’ earliest disciples heard and taught. “Maranatha,” meaning “Come Lord Jesus,” was the mantra of the early church. We desire to see the Maranatha message restored in the body of Christ. This is why we present the scriptures through the framework of God’s Covenant Promises, leading to his ultimate plan of redemption. As for a statement of beliefs, the Apostles Creed is one of the oldest confessions of the Christian faith and serves as our concise summary of beliefs.

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the global Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Age-appropriate Teaching Style And Theological Framework

You can only take it so deep in the context of children’s ministry. We take a “seed planting” approach, highlighting the overall narrative of the Bible in a safe and age-appropriate way. Some theological details are more appropriate for a child and their parents to discuss. We aim to provide a loose theological framework that allows you to disciple kids according to your church’s unique “DNA” and culture.

For example, while we have specific beliefs about the End Times, we don’t cover the tribulation, rapture, or the millennium in this curriculum, other than in passing as we quote Jesus’ words in Matthew 24. We focus on the more positive and glorious realities of the Second Coming and the heart posture required to obey the words of Jesus.

Below is more detailed information about our theological beliefs below. If you have any questions about our beliefs or teaching approach feel free to reach out using the contact form on our website.

Our Detailed Statement of Beliefs

We affirm that the Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, is the only infallible, inspired Word of God and that its authority is ultimate, final, and eternal. It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded. The Bible is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction, and reproof. It contains all that is needed for guidance in godliness and practical Christian conduct.
2 TIMOTHY 3:16 | HEBREWS 4:12 | 1 PETER 1:23-25 | 2 PETER 1:19-21
It is the testimony of both the Old and New Testaments and of the Christian Church that God is both One and Triune. The biblical revelation testifies that there is only one God and that He is eternally existent in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 | JOHN 1:14 | MATTHEW 28:19 | MATTHEW 3:16-17
God the Father is the creator and sustainer of all things, and He created the universe in love. He created man in His own image for fellowship and called man back to Himself through Christ after the rebellion and fall of man.
2 TIMOTHY 3:16 | HEBREWS 4:12 | 1 PETER 1:23-25 | 2 PETER 1:19-21
Jesus Christ is eternally God. He was together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning, and through Him all things were made. For man’s redemption, He left heaven and became incarnate by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary; henceforth, He is forever one Christ with two natures—God and man—in one person.
JOHN 1:1-14 | ROMANS 1:1-4 | JOHN 3:16 | MATTHEW 28:18-20 | JOHN 14:5-14 | JOHN 10:22-39 | GALATIANS 4:1-7 | HEBREWS 4:14-16 | LUKE 1:26-38 | MATTHEW 1:18-24 | 1 TIMOTHY 2:5-6
The Holy Spirit is God, the Lord and giver of life, who was active in the Old Testament and given to the Church in fullness at Pentecost. He empowers the saints for service and witness, cleanses man from the old nature and conforms us to the image of Christ. The baptism in the Holy Spirit, subsequent to conversion, releases the fullness of the Spirit and is evidenced by the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
1 CORINTHIANS 12:1-11 | LUKE 11:13 | JOHN 7:37-39, 14:16,17, 16:7-14 | ACTS 2:1-18
Christ’s vicarious death on the cross is the sacrificial atonement paying the penalty for sins for the whole world, and forgiveness of sins is for everyone who repents and believes in Jesus Christ. Healing—body, soul, and spirit—and all of God’s provisions for His saints, are provided for in the atonement.
ACTS 4:12 | ROMANS 4:1-9, 5:1-11 | EPHESIANS 1:3-14
The Word of God declares clearly that salvation is a free gift of God, based on the merits of the death of His Son, and is appropriated by faith. Salvation is effected by personal repentance, belief in the Lord Jesus (justification), and personal acceptance of Him into one’s life as Lord and Savior (regeneration). The new life in Christ includes the privileges of adoption and inheritance in the kingdom of God’s beloved Son. Salvation is an act of free will in response to God’s personal love for mankind. It is predestined only in the sense that God, through His omniscience, foreknew those who would choose Him. It is secure in the eternal, unchanging commitment of God who does not lie and is forever the same. Our salvation will be ultimately realized in the resurrection and redemption of our bodies at the return of Jesus, in the eternal age of glory, until which we are exhorted to endure to the end and work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.
ACTS 4:12 | ROMANS 4:1-9, 5:1-11 | EPHESIANS 1:3-14 | MATTHEW 24:13 | ROMANS 8:23 | PHILLIPIANS 2:12

What We Cover In This Curriculum

We do not specifically cover the tribulation, the rapture, or the millennium in this curriculum, other than in passing as we quote Jesus’ teachings on the subject. We focus on the more positive and glorious realities of the Second Coming and the heart posture required to obey the words of Jesus.
MATTHEW 24 | MARK 13 | LUKE 21 | REVELATION 5, 21, 22

Our Beliefs About The Return of Jesus

We affirm the bodily second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ from Heaven. We believe the Apostles saw the timeline of the Bible as divided into two parts “This Age” and “The Age To Come,” with the Return of Jesus as the climactic event dividing the two. The Apostles presented the Gospel in two parts, the cross, and the return of the Lord. We hold to their basic assumptions and blessed hope of the resurrection from the dead, the millennial reign, the final judgment, the restoration of all things, and eternal life in the Kingdom of God for all those who call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. We do not hold to Dispensational Theology. We believe God has one ultimate plan of salvation for both Jew and Gentile, through one faith in our one Lord Jesus Christ.
MATTHEW 23:39 | ROMANS 11:15 | ACTS 1:10,11 | 1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-18 | 2 THESSALONIANS 1:7-10 | JAMES 5:8 | REVELATION 1:7 | JOHN 14:2,3 | ROMANS 8:34 | JOHN 5:24-30 | JUDE 5-7 | 2 CORINTHIANS 5:6-10 | 1 CORINTHIANS 4:1-5 | MATTHEW 25:31-46 | REVELATION 20:11-15 | ACTS 1:10, 11 | 1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-18 | 2 THESSALONIANS 1:7-10 | JAMES 5:8 | REVELATION 1:7 | EPHESIANS 4:1-6

Our Beliefs About Tribulation, Rapture, and Millennium

We do not hold to Pre-tribulation Rapture Theology. We closely associate with Traditional Premillennialism. We assume the events of Revelation 19 and 20 as chronologically successive. This was the most widely-held understanding in the original Apostolic community and the early generations of the Church. We hold these beliefs with humility and openness, acknowledging that the realities of the Lord’s Return require childlike faith and belief.
ISAIAH 11, 65, 66 | ZECHARAIAH 14 | 1 CORINTHIANS 15:20-28

We reject Replacement Theology and any of its variations. We hold to the “Olive Tree” Theology of the Bible described by the Apostle Paul. Israel has not been rejected by God and/or replaced by the Gentile Church. Israel is under a partial blindness and hardness of heart, through which the Gentiles have been grafted in. The natural branches of Israel, though they have been broken off, will one day be grafted back in.

The Gospel “is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” God is not done with Israel concerning his one plan of salvation for all who believe. Israel will have a unique role in administering the glory of God in the age to come. Though Israel is currently experiencing the “curses of the Covenant,” God has not divorced his bride of Siani, who is the “apple of his eye”. Just as Israel has a stewardship of the covenant, the promises, the oracles, the law, and the land in this age, a remnant in Israel will have a future role to play in the age to come.

The Lord has chosen Zion for his eternal dwelling, saying, “This is my resting place forever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.” Though the current secular nation-state of Israel is fallen and broken, we believe in God’s promises for her and pray for her redemption, salvation, and peace. We reject a spirit of pride and arrogance toward the natural branches and celebrate our inclusion into God’s covenant promises through the grace of Jesus Christ.
ROMANS 1, 3, 9-11 | DEUTERONOMY 28 | JEREMIAH 31 | EZEKIEL 36 | ZECHARIAH 2:8 | PSALMS 132:13-14 | GENESIS 15:17-21 | 2 SAMUEL 7:11-15 | REVELATION 21:1-4

We believe water baptism is a physical representation of a spiritual reality where the believer identifies with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Believers are baptized in water into the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as a public declaration of faith in Jesus and identification with the body of believers.
ROMANS 6:3-4 | 1 PETER 3:21- 22

We believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit is available to all believers as promised by the Prophets, John the Baptist, Jesus, Peter, etc. The fulfillment of this promise was witnessed by early disciples of Christ and operates in many present-day disciples of Jesus Christ.
1 CORINTHIANS 14 | MATTHEW 3:11 | ACTS 1:4-8 | ACTS 2:38-41 | ACTS 2:4, 10:44-47, 19:1-6

Jesus and the early church gave two ordinances: Baptism and Communion. We believe the church should hold fast to these ordinances and practice them in accordance with the truth.
LUKE 22:14-20 | MATTHEW 28:19-20.

We believe that the Scriptures portray the life of the saint in this world to be one of balance between what is imputed to us as Christians and what is imparted to us according to our faith and maturity. Hence, God’s provision for His children is total, and the promises are final and forever. The shortcomings of the individual and of the Church are because of the still progressing sanctification of the saints. The Christian life is filled with trials, tests, and warfare against a spiritual enemy. For those abiding in Christ until their deaths or His return, the promises of eternal blessing in the presence of God are assured. To remain faithful through all circumstances of life requires dependence upon the Holy Spirit and a willingness to die to personal desires and passions.
MATTHEW 7:21; 16:27 | ROMANS 12:1-3 | 2 CORINTHIANS 6:17 | GALATIANS 6:14 | EPHESIANS 5:11 | COLOSSIANS 3:17 | REVELATION 20:12

Miracles and healings were the works Jesus and His disciples demonstrated to confirm the good news about God’s Kingdom. We believe the power of the Holy Spirit to confirm the Gospel through miracles, signs, and wonders is available to all believers.
MATTHEW 4:17, 23, 12:28, 28:19-20; | JOHN 9:4, 10:37; | MARK 16:17-20; | 1 CORINTHIANS 12:9-10

We believe that because God our Creator established marriage as a sacred institution between one man and one woman, our belief is that marriage is a covenant only between one man and one woman. We believe God has created and once and for all defined gender as Jesus said in Matthew: “he made them at the beginning, made them male and female.”

GENESIS 2:18-25 | EPHESIANS 5:22-33 | 1 CORINTHIANS 7:39-40 | ROMANS 7:1-3 | GENESIS 1:26-31 | 1 CORINTHIANS 7:1-7

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