Posted by: Joe Palmer | February 10, 2011

How to Teach the Bible and Love it


How to Teach the Bible and Love it

By Joe Palmer

It is hard to get Bible teachers in many churches.  But we should have people begging to be teachers.  We should have a waiting list.  Teaching the Bible can be both fun and rewarding.

Here are a few examples of the fun teachers have, especially those who teach children.

  • At Sunday School they were learning how God created everything, including human beings. Johnny was especially intent when the teacher told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam’s ribs.

Later in the week his mother noticed him lying down as though he were ill, and said, “Johnny, what is the matter?”

Johnny responded, “I have pain in my side. I think I’m going to have a wife.”

  • The Sunday School teacher was describing that when Lot’s wife looked back at Sodom she turned into a pillar of salt, when Bobby interrupted. “My mommy looked back once while she was driving,” he announced, “and she turned into a telephone pole.”
  • Another Sunday School teacher said to her children, “We have been learning about how powerful the kings and queens were in Biblical times. But there is a higher power. Who can tell me what it is?” Tommy blurted out, “I know, Aces.”
  • After explaining the commandment to honor your father and mother, a Sunday School teacher asked her class if there was a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters.

One boy, the oldest in his family, immediately answered, “Thou shalt not kill.”

  • Lot again… A father was reading Bible stories to his young son. He read, “The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city, but his wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.”

His son asked, “What happened to the flea?”

If you want to teach the Bible and love it make it fun.

FIRST – Be passionate about your study. Be passionate about what you are teaching.  Expect your students to be passionate about digging into God’s word and discovering the truths that will change their lives.

SECOND – Our passion should convert into fun, laughter, and innovative ways to teach God’s word. That may mean telling a story or a joke.  It may mean going to a new location to make the environment and lesson memorable. We may even asks the class even if they are adults to get into the lesson by acting it out.

THIRD – Teaching and learning are never fun unless we are applying it to every day life.  If you are not asking “SO WHAT” then you class will go away saying, “SO WHAT.”  Teachers want to make a difference, and students are looking for life changing lessons.   Alway save and allot some time to apply the lesson.  Brain storm possible applications. Give assignments on how to apply the lesson each week.  You can start the class the next week asking how students they applied last weeks lesson.

Joe Palmer

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