What We’ve Learned about God’s Word in Revelation so Far (You May Be Surprised!)

As you may know, I teach Inductive Bible Study to 4th-6th graders. What is unique about my class is that I have parents not only help the kids with their homework, but also attend class. It makes for a great “vibe” in the class because the kids see the value of Bible study in the example of their parents, it makes the class feel more grown-up, and we often get deeper, richer discussions. Everybody wins.

Kids Bible Study Revelation

Right now, my class is studying Revelation. I’ve been Continue reading

Technology and Inductive Bible Study- Unlikely Allies?

“Kids these days with their whatzits and their gizmos! All they do is stare at the ding-dang things…”

Admit it. You’ve heard someone express this opinion. (Was it you?) Believe it or not, technology and Inductive Bible Study can be allies. Unlikely allies, maybe. But they can definitely help each other out, and the winner is the young Bible student.

Unlikely Allies: Tech & Inductive Bible Study [youngbiblescholars.com]

There’s no doubt that there are some ways technology can work against kids’ Bible study. I think there are two biggies: Continue reading

My Class Flow (Part 1 of 5)

A really, really big part of leading a class successfully is getting a handle on how you want to run it. The landscape of my class has evolved quite a bit over time, but I have a system now that is definitely working. It may change again if I have another idea I want to try, or if a particular group I get warrants doing things differently. But let me show you how I currently run my class.

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For reference, I have an hour and a half one evening a week. So, if you have less time than that, you’ll need to tweak my system.

Here’s the flow:

  • Get there early to set up
  • Challenge Verse
  • Start of Class
  • Memory Verses
  • Homework and Break
  • Activity
  • Question Time

I’ll take these a piece at a time. Let’s start with getting there early and the Challenge Verse.

I always get to my room early. I am incredibly fortunate to be in a church that is very supportive of my ministry, and I have a great classroom. It’s actually two classrooms with that accordion-style wall thing that pulls out to divide the room, but the first thing Continue reading

My Class Flow (Part 2 of 5)

Here’s the flow:

  • Get there early to set up
  • Challenge Verse
  • Start of Class
  • Memory Verses
  • Homework and Break
  • Activity
  • Question Time

Okay, we’ve covered set-up and getting started with the Challenge Verse. All of that takes place before class, so let’s move on the next few steps.

Again, keep in mind that I have an hour and half with my class, so if you have less time than that, you’ll need to tweak my system.

 

Start of Class

I really try to start on time, but if there are only a couple of kids there, and say, the weather is bad or the material we’re about to review is difficult, I’ll give a little more time. I don’t want to leave anyone confused if I can help it, but I also don’t want the kids to think it’s okay to wander on in whenever. And if we’re being honest, it’s usually the parents who determine when they get there!

I always open class time in prayer. Nothing revolutionary there. But from time to time, Continue reading

Three Steps and Four Truths (Part 1 of 2)

If you are unfamiliar with Inductive Bible Study, boy, are you in for a treat! I can tell you without exaggeration that it has changed my life. Not just my Bible study, but my life. The more you do it and repeat the process, the more automatic it gets. So, if it seems clunky or confusing, I’m asking you to trust me.

One of the great things about Inductive Bible Study is that kids can learn it, just as adults can. It’s such a gift to your child or any child you’re teaching to give them these tools. Knowing how to study inductively empowers them to study the Bible for themselves, to sharpen their discernment, to know how to find (and accurately interpret) biblical answers to their questions, and to test all things and hold fast to the good (1 Thessalonians 5:21). A person who can accurately handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15) is a person who will not be easily deceived and misled. That’s a person who will be able to seek God’s will in His Word, and get to know the real God as He has so generously revealed Himself in Scripture. Does that sound like a breath of fresh air in a world of biblically illiterate spiritual infants? Let’s not look for the Cliffs Notes to the Bible. Let’s get in and know that we know what it says! Continue reading

My Class Flow (Part 5 of 5)

Here’s the flow:

  • Get there early to set up
  • Challenge Verse
  • Start of Class
  • Memory Verses
  • Homework and Break
  • Activity
  • Question Time

This last portion of the class is for when we have about 10 minutes or so, and I have prepared for this particular activity.

Again, keep in mind that I have an hour and half with my class, so if you have less time than that, you’ll need to tweak my system.

 

Question Time

This is new, and it has been so interesting so far! I’ve told the kids they can submit questions to me, and when we have time at the end of class (like 10 minutes or so at the very end), I’ll answer them. There’s a stack of index cards for them to write their questions down for me so I have a chance to prepare the answers and pull the necessary Scripture. Now, these questions can be anything at all they would ask the Bible. They don’t Continue reading