I’m going to teach you an effective way to both share and create Bible lessons for kids that will encourage them to interact with God’s word. it is actually a simple formula too. you see, there are four basic questions to answer when doing this. the first three questions that you ask you will also give an answer for.
Keep in mind however, that if you are teaching a large group of children, you should only call on a couple of them to answer these questions as it would take too long for everyone to answer them individually; and the answers would likely get redundant at some point.
Now then, the purpose of asking them questions that you are going to answer anyway is to get them into the habit of interacting with God’s word in a thoughtful manner. moreover, it is to disclose to them that you value their opinion. thus, this will serve to help build up their self-esteem, which is actually vital to their growth.
Furthermore, it will instill an easy to follow formula for interpreting scripture within them, which will serve the purpose of helping them to better understand the Bible as they read it on their own.
The fourth question is one that only they can answer because it is a personal question; although, you will answer it too (this will make more sense to you when we address it later in this article).
With that said, to show you how easy this is I am going to provide you with an example of how to apply these questions to a passage from the Bible.
The passage that I will use is 2Tim. 3:16, taken from the NKJV: all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV)
You will begin by reciting the Bible verse for them (Very Important). Depending on the age of these children and your available resources, you could even have them all read the Bible passage together from the same Bible version. I recommend that you use a Bible version that is easy to understand, such as the NKJV, or even the NLT for that matter. So if you’re teaching a group of let’s say ten children, then it would be a good idea to have ten copies of whatever Bible version you are using. Incidentally, this is actually the best way to go about doing this as it encourages participation during the Bible lesson.
Once you’ve done this, you will then proceed to ask them the following questions in the order as they appear below:
1.)What is the writer saying?
This question informs the children of what the Bible passage is about.
In our example we can see that this passage is about God’s word. and Paul wants us to know that everything that we find in the Bible is from God.
2.)Why is it important?
This question addresses the point of why it is important for us to know what a Bible verse or passage is saying. In this case, it is important for us to know that the Bible is from God because God uses what’s written in it as a means to teach us what we ought to believe about him and what we need to know about how we’re supposed to behave towards God.
3.)How does it relate to me?
This question addresses the point of what the passage is saying to us. In our example, we are being informed that if we want to get to know God and what He expects from us, then we need to spend time reading the Bible.
At this point you should re-read the Bible passage for added emphasis. this time you will read it by yourself however. but before you do that make sure you let the children know that you have one more question to ask them, and that they will have to pay close attention to the passage as you read it.
When you are finished reading it, proceed to ask them the last question, which is:
4.)How should I apply this teaching to my life?
This is actually the most important question because it calls them to make a commitment to God. thus, it encourages them to take God’s message seriously.
However, what you should do first is answer the question yourself. you could say, I am going to apply this message to my life by spending more time reading the Bible.
Then, you would follow that up by directing the question at them, emphasizing the point of the lesson. In other words, you would say, Whoever wants to spend more time reading the Bible to get closer to God raise your hand. this is a nice way to make an appeal to the children because then everyone can answer the question at the same time.
After that you should close with a prayer that relates to the point of the lesson that you just shared for further emphasis. In this case you could say, Thank you Jesus for giving us the Bible. and help us all to spend more time reading it and doing what God tells us to do in it. Amen
It is important to note that you should try to keep everything as simple as possible, which means you should use short sentences and short passages. the reason for this is because it will be easier for them to remember the lesson that you’ve taught them.