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506. Discover four new creative Bible study tools for your kids or youth work


Stop telling Bible stories -  let them learn from the Bible themselves.

It is so easy to keep telling Bible stories, but there comes a point at which it is more important that children can  learn from the Bible themselves. Telling Bible stories is good. Teaching children to learn from the Bible themselves is better.

To help you  do this we have developed four different creative Bible study tools of which we will give you a short summary. By clicking on the link beneath each idea, you come to the real idea on the site, where you can download some of the material.

Bible study tools for kids girl reading bible

1. The Bible Story Cards Tool

We have developed ten questions that you can ask yourself when you read a story in the Bible. These ten questions are specifically focused on the four gospels. 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 know a few questions for if they ever found themselves with a Gideon Bible in a prison cell. So we took half a year to go through the gospel of Mark. Each week we gave them all a piece of paper with a short passage from Mark. Then they would 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.

The ten questions on the ten cards are:

1. Read the Bible passage out loud.
2. Tell the Bible story in your own words
3. Which part of the story, or which words from the story don’t I understand?
4. What does the main character do in this story?
5. What does Jesus or God do in the story?
6. What can we learn from the main character in the story?
7. What can we learn from Jesus or from God in the story?
8. What surprises me in the story?
9 What does this story mean for us today?
10 What did I learn from this story that will make a change in my life?

If you want to know how we use this tool to do a powerful Bible study and want to download the ten questions, click on this link 

 

2. The Junk Drawer Tool

Everyone has a junk drawer in their house. Some people even have a room or a house full of junk. But we all have at least a box or a drawer full of stuff that we don’t use any more, but also don’t want to throw away yet. It is a twilight zone full of things that are between being wanted and unwanted. When you use the ‘junk drawer’ method you take all the contents of your junk drawer with you and put it on a table.

Ask all the children or teenagers to walk to the table and choose one item from your junk drawer. They need to choose an item that connects with the story,  as a symbol of something in the Bible story that:

- really appeals to them
- they don’t understand
- they have a question about
- they can learn from
- challenges them to change something in their lives

If you want to know how we use this tool to do a powerful Bible study with kids and youth, click on this link.

 picture cards

3. The Picture Cards Bible study Tool

On the internet you can buy different sets of coaching picture cards / photo cards. We bought ours here in the Netherlands, but you can buy all kind of different sets, for example here and here. The beauty of these cards is that people make different associations with the images on the cards. In our opinion they can be a effective way of enabling children, teenagers and adults to talk easily about important key elements in Bible stories.

If you want to know how we use this tool to do a powerful Bible study with kids and youth, click on this link.

 

4. The Bible Passage Cards Tool  

In the idea above 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 they 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:

1. Read the Bible passage out loud.
2. Tell the Bible passage in your own words
3. Which part of this passage,  or words from this passage don’t I understand?
4. What is the main thought in this passage?
5. What are the most important words?
6. What can we discover from these words?
7. Do you know a story in the Bible that this passage reminds you of?
8. What can we learn from the main person in that story?
9. What does God want to teach us through this passage?
10. What did I learn from this passage that will make a change in my life?

If you want to know how we use this tool to do a powerful Bible study and want to download the ten questions,  click on this link