Read the Bible Passage:
Collect together your lesson pack, Bible and any other resources you may have. As you begin to prepare, read and re-read the passage of Scripture several times early in the week. Think over the passage and trust the Lord to reveal to you the meaning or message of the passage, so that you can teach more than just story facts to the children.
It is important that the child learn the Bible story facts. However, the life of a child will only be changed as the Holy Spirit speaks through God's Word and applies the teaching to their lives. Ask yourself the following questions:
Prepare Your Heart:
Pray for yourself and ask God to speak to you through this Scripture passage. Depend on the Holy Spirit as you prepare and ask God to guide you to the aim and application that He wants you to teach to the children. Pray also for your children and ask God to speak through you as you teach them. Trust Him to meet the needs of each child.
Consult Your Resources:
Refer to any Bible dictionaries, handbooks, commentaries or other resources you may have. See what others have written about this portion of Scripture to make sure your interpretation of the passage is correct. As you study, watch out for historical and background information and other insights that will aid the children in understanding the story and make it as interesting as possible. Collect pictures and illustrations to help the children visualise "how it was" and "what it means to us today".
Preparing the Lesson:
All lessons need to focus on truths in the Bible, so that children will see what God desires for them to apply to their lives. Lesson preparation involves studying the Bible facts or story so as to be able to recognise the Bible principles. And from this you will be able to select a teaching aim or application.
During the week work through the material you have prepared so far and build up the lesson with an Aim, Introduction, Body, Application and a Conclusion.
Why tell the story or lesson? You need to consider what it means, and what God wants the children to learn, and what should be applied to their lives. The steps in determining an aim are as follows:
To select an aim, first read through the Bible passage several times. Then during the week pray and meditate on the passage before selecting what you want to achieve. Lastly, condense this and write it down as one sentence. This forms the Aim of your lesson.
The Introduction introduces the lesson and what it is all about. It needs to create interest so as to capture the children’s attention. It can take the form of an illustration, a quotation, a question or an interesting object. Remember to keep it short and to the point!
This is the main part of the lesson where you give the details of message or story and describe it's setting, background and characters. Divide the material into several paragraphs and give each a title, so as to key your thoughts as you present the Lesson. Don't forget to use pictures, maps and illustrations to make your lesson interesting, and explain any Bible concepts and truths.
This is what you want the children to know and do. Be clear as to your aim and keep the Application simple, as one point brought home is better than none at all. Make sure you clearly explain what actions or changes the children need to make in their lives in response to the Lesson.
This brings together the point of the Lesson and how the children should apply the Application to their lives. Use it to review the material taught, and to test their understanding of this. Aim for action and close with a prayer of commitment!
The Completed Lesson:
The above points add up to the lesson or message that you will present on Sunday. A sample lesson is given in the following link:
Write out a summary of your lesson on the Lesson Plan sheet from the following link:
The Three P's:
Finish your preparation and ensure you have practiced telling the lesson. Continue to pray for yourself and for your children. Ask God to prepare the children's hearts so that they will be receptive to the message and respond to the application. Trust God to meet the needs of each child.
Be Prepared, Practiced and Prayed Up!God bless.
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