Preparation: Comprehension of the Bible Passage
a. Pray for God to help you determine the original point of the Bible portion, and the life principles that can be drawn from it.
b. Write down the main teaching found in the Bible Passage. While there may be many ways to apply it there will still be one primary meaning.
Questions to ask yourself:
i. Is God speaking to Unbelievers or Believers in this Bible portion?
ii. Is the focus of this Bible portion on Salvation or Spiritual Growth?
Once you have discovered the real point of the story you will be in a position to look at the possible applications, and plan how to use the most needed one to use in the light of your current students needs.
Practical Application: What does this Bible passage challenge me to change in my life? In my Students?
Unless the Kids can relate the events of the Bible passage to their own lives, they will not change their behavior. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give enlightenment and desire to change, to be more like Jesus.
Here are five questions you can ask yourself:
1. What Sin, problem or sickness does the main character of the story exhibit? What was the need, and who needed it. This is where you will teach the child about Sin and it's effects on all of us.
2. What Solution does God provide for the problem? The main character had a need, now God works it out.
This is where you can teach the child about the character and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. Where in this lesson can I teach the children about God's Love?
4. What was the Biblical story outcome?
How did the result change the Bible Character's life, how can it change your pupil's? We need to know the Problem to understand how God acts in a situation, and what God's solution is. Whatever God does is always good and right. Jesus is never the main character, He is always the solution.
5. What was the conclusion or benefit that can be shown.
Can this help your pupil in his or her life situations, and how?
The emphasis needs to be on how to apply the message of salvation in the selected Bible passage to unbelievers, kids who have not made a commitment to Jesus yet. That is why the Church exists, to reach people young or older with the saving knowledge of the Gospel. Watering a dead plant does not give it life, it just makes it wet!
How to Make the Bible Story a Lesson
A Bible story becomes a Bible Lesson when biblical truth is applied throughout the narrative, relating it to the life and needs of the child with the objective of producing change in accordance with the Word of God. The application for the unsaved child includes teaching about:
• Who God is - His love.
• The Problem/need - Sin
• The solution/way - Person and work of Christ.
• The appropriation/invitation to receive Christ.
Application: Continuous or at the Conclusion?
a. The child will usually identify automatically with the needy person/character in the Bible lesson. By applying the truths step by step as they occur in the story to the child/student, they naturally comprehend the spiritual truths being taught.
b. By applying the truths as we progress through the story you have the attention of the students, so the applied message of salvation is not seen as an interruption in the story.
c. Each individual truth is then absorbed individually, rather than being lumped together at the conclusion of a lesson, when comprehension becomes blurred with too much information at one time.
d. Every story has a climax, after which attention is quickly lost, so the child can simply come to a decision, rather than beginning to process a whole lot of new facts.
e. Be aware that the Holy Spirit will be working together with you as you teach, not just at the end of your lesson.
f. Having the same format, with an invitation at the end of your lesson every week, can cause the students to disconnect.
By teaching with application throughout the story, keeps them involved, and will vary from week to week as the lesson will be different.
Using a link in your teaching
A link is a phrase of sentence used to make a natural transition from one part of the lesson to another, or to the life of the child, maintaining continuity in the narration of the story.
You can use a link in several ways.
i. To join the introduction with the Bible Story
ii. To insert a salvation truth into the Bible Story
iii. To join the conclusion of the Story to the invitation.
Links can be a comparison, an exclamation, a teaching statement, or a question.
Comparison = The woman who came to anoint Jesus feet with ointment was a Sinner, We are sinners too, You and I have sinned too and need forgiveness.
Exclamation = The Blind man could not see anything. How sad. But you and I have something worse, we have a spiritual blindness. It is our sin that makes us blind to God. Jesus made him see, and He can make open your eyes if you ask Him.
Teaching Statement = Adam and Eve disobeyed God. They sinned From the time that happened, every person born into this world is born a sinner. You and I are sinners.
Question = God loved The Rich Young Ruler even though he walked away. Do you think God loves us? Yes, He loves you and me very much indeed.
© 2012 Jim Cole-Rous