Everyday tip for your Sunday school lesson or children’s ministry
You can experience a Bible story for yourself
Suppose you have to tell a Bible story soon:
Record the Bible story with your mobile phone. Sit in a comfortable chair and listen to the Bible story at least five times. Each time you listen, you do a different (fantasy) exercise:
1. What do you see happening in the Bible story?
2. What do you hear in the Bible story? Which sounds fit into this story?
3. What do you smell in the Bible story? What smells are present in the story?
4. What movements occur in the Bible story?
5. What emotions occur in this Bible story? Can you feel them?
What emotions are present in this Bible story? Can you feel them?
As you listen to the Bible story, you may ask yourself which emotions you can feel or experience in your thoughts / fantasy. What emotions occur in this story? By consciously listening to a Bible story with your imagination and feeling the emotions yourself, you experience the story in a certain way and it is much easier to tell this Bible story.
What emotions do you experience when, for example, you listen to the story of the storm on the lake?
- Do you experience the disappointment of the crowd when Jesus leaves?
- Do you experience the relief of the disciples to be alone for a while?
- Do you experience the worries and fears as the storm rises?
- Do you experience the panic that they are going to drown?
- Do you experience the relief when Jesus intervenes?
- Do you experience the shock when they discover that Jesus is much greater than they think?