244. Ten Bible Passage Cards - let them do the Bible study

Teaching children and teenagers to study God's Word

In idea 100 we introduced the Bible story cards, which help you to let the children / teenagers tell the story instead of you having to tell it, especially when the Bible story is so well known, that already know it by heart.  With the ten Bible story cards you can address any story in the Bible.

But what about all the passages in the Bible that contain no stories, like the Psalms, the Prophets, the letters of Paul, etc? 

Especially for all these passage we have created ten Bible Passage Cards.

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Below we look at the ‘Bible study cards’ method.

The ‘Bible Passage Cards’ method

It is so easy to keep telling Bible stories to children and teenagers, but there comes a point at which it is more important to help them learn from the Bible themselves. Telling stories is good. Teaching children and teenagers (and adults) to read and learn from the Bible themselves is even better.

To help us do this we have developed ten questions that you can ask yourself when you read a passage in the Bible.  When we used these cards we were doing weekly Bible studies with a group of teenagers from troubled backgrounds. Some of them would and did end up in prison. We wanted them to have a few questions to ask themselves if they ever found themselves with a Gideon Bible in a prison cell. . Each week we gave them all a piece of paper with a short Bible passage. They would then pick one of the ten Bible study cards (without looking at it first) and that would be their question about the passage that we were going to look at.


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Scripture reference:

2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Timothy 3:14-17, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:11, Psalm 119:105, Proverbs 3:1-2, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Peter 3:15, Deuteronomy 11:18-23, Psalm 119:18, Psalm 119:9, Romans 12:2, Acts 17:11, Ephesians 6:11-17, Acts 8:30, James 1:22, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:1-17, John 8:32, Proverbs 2:1-5, 1 John 2:27, John 13:17, John 1:1, Luke 4:4, Hosea 4:6, John 6:63, John 5:39-40, 1 Peter 2:1-2, Proverbs 2:1-22

The ten questions on the cards are:

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