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Dee Wirz, author of English Bible study texts, has served in Japan with Asian Access since 1975.

English Bible Study Textbooks
for Japanese People

Designed for Japanese to Learn English & Bible

These introductory Bible studies are for use with Japanese who want to improve their English while evidencing a genuine interest in learning about Christianity. It's best when an English-speaker can personally lead a Japanese-speaker through these texts.

Effective Tools for Nearly Three Decades

Written by veteran missionary, Dee Wirz, these Bible studies have been tested and marketed in Japan and the U.S. since 1986.

People Who Met JesusPeople Who Met Jesus
A look at Jesus through his encounters with various people. Focuses on the theme that meeting Jesus changes peoples’ lives. Best book for beginning students.

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Who Is God?Who Is God?
Based on the first three chapters of Genesis and the first chapter of John. God is introduced as Creator, Provider, Lord, Communicator, Judge and Savior.

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Introducing JesusIntroducing Jesus

Introduces Jesus based on what he said about himself and what he did.

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Highlights in the Life of JesusHighlights in the Life of Jesus
Presenting important events on the life of Jesus from his birth through his resurrection and ascension. Shows that Jesus is not only human, but also divine, the Son of God who came to give eternal life.

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The Parables of Jesus: Kingdom Lifestyle & ValuesParables of Jesus (Kingdom Lifestyle and Values)
Through studying the parables of Jesus, the lifestyle and values of God's kingdom are brought into focus.

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Story of Ruth: Facing Life's IssuesStory of Ruth (Facing Life's Issues)
Provides a vivid picture of God's sovereignty and providence, as God works out His plan in His time and way.

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Encounter with the Living GodEncounter with the Living God
A study of Paul's encounter with the living God and how it changed his life and lives of others.

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Real PrayersReal Prayers
The prayers of seven well-known Old Testament characters as well as two of the prayers of Jesus and one of Paul.

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Texts for Holiday Occasions

Announcing ChristmasAnnouncing Christmas (seasonal text)
Portrays the impact of the coming of Jesus as the announcement comes to Mary to Joseph to the shepherds and to the wise men.

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A Great Light: The Christmas StoryA Great Light (The Narrative of the Christmas Story)
Christmas is the time to remember in a special way the coming of light into the world according to God's great plan for saving man. The record of this dramatic historical event is told in the Scripture. Not only has the coming of the Savior, who is the great light, inspired the world's greatest art, music and literature, but more importantly, it has transformed the lives of people who have personally accepted God's plan for their lives.

This book is designed to make the Christmas story real by a first hand study of the record in the Bible and by participation in a narrative drama--telling the story of the birth of Jesus and playing the significant roles. Various Christmas cards and songs are suggested as an added dimension to celebrating God's wonderful plan of sending his son to be our savior.

Three Bible lessons are featured, covering the main events of the Christmas story. These lessons can be completed in from three to six sessions depending on the time available. Since Parts A and B of each of the lessons are completely bilingual, the study can be done either in Japanese or in English or in both. Parts A and B can be done in one session or in two adjusting to the schedule of Christmas activities panned. Part C of each lesson is designed for Japanese students in English Bible classes who want to improve their English communication skills.

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Celebrating ChristmasCelebrating Christmas
Highlighting the True Meaning of the Season's Symbols

There are many symbols widely used during the Christmas season. However, their true meaning is often lost because of an emphasis on outward things. Knowing that the customs, crafts, decorations, and beautiful atmosphere surrounding us have a deeper significance helps us to celebrate the Christmas season with a perspective God intended through the advent of the Savior. The coming of Jesus and the significance of this great event can be found in many of the symbols.

In the first section of this booklet the most frequently used Christmas symbols are identified and their meaning explained. The main themes of Christmas are often expressed with these symbols in Christmas cards sent and received. If you carefully select the cards you send, you can give an accurate perspective on the true meaning of Christmas.

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Holiday Bible LessonsHoliday Bible Lessons
Celebrating Selected American Holidays Around the Year:

This particular study is an effective one for helping Japanese learn about American culture through exploring the meaning behind some key American holidays. There is a study for each month of the year, plus bonus material for a few of them.

The book covers these holidays:

• January - New Years Day

• February - Valentines Day

• March/April - Good Friday & Easter

• May - Mothers Day

• June - Wedding Celebrations

• July - Independence Day

• August - Vacation Days

• September - Labor Day

• October - Halloween

• November - Thanksgiving

• December - Christmas


Supplementary Material

• Friendship Mixer

• St. Patrick's Day Mixer

• Thandsgiving Message

• Thandsgiving Day Activity

• Christmas Bingo

• Candy Cane Story


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Order any of these resources through Japan Ministry Toolbox on the web!

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