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Are you a bridge builder? Communicating the Scriptures is much like building a bridge. However, instead of ravines or rivers, the teacher must span both cultural boundaries and great gulfs of time between the present and the past of Moses, David, Jesus, and Paul. This bridge must reach even further. The student must be able to cross both into the past and into his own future.
God's Word is "living and active, sharper than any doubleedged sword" (Hebrews 4:12). It is contemporary. Relevant. But it is the teacher who has the task of helping the student to see its vast treasures. This is no easy task, but it can be done through creative Bible teaching. Together, Richards and Bredfeldt have written a book on bridgebuilding that reveals the following fivestep process by which Christian educators can construct a bridge across time, geography, and culture.

Step I: Studying the Bible
Develop an understanding of the nature, role, study, and interpretation of the Bible. Get the help you need in preparing biblically accurate lesson plans.

Step II: Focusing the Message
Learn how to teach for student learning. Be guided in the process of translating learning theory into lesson preparation.

Step III: Structuring the Lesson
Develop a lesson plan using the HOOK, BOOK, LOOK, TOOK structure.

Step IV: Teaching the Class
Learn about the five key principles of teacher effectiveness. Discover how these principles can lead to a more dynamic and satisfying teaching experience within various age groups.

Step V: Evaluating the Results
Evaluate your own effectiveness by assessing the outcome of your teaching."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802416407
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/1970
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

LAWRENCE O. RICHARDS (University of Michigan, Dallas Theological Seminary, Northwestern University) was one of the most prominent Christian Education writers during the second half of the twentieth century. He has written more than 70 books, including Creative Bible Teaching, Every Name of God in the Bible and Life of Christ. He was a contributor to Christian Education: Foundations for the Future. Larry resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

GARY J. BREDFELDT (M.A., Denver Seminary; Ph.D., Trinity International University) is a former Professor of Leadership and Church Ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of three widely used textbooks: Creative Bible Teaching, Caring for Souls: Counseling under the Authority of Scripture, and Great Leader, Great Teacher. Gary resides in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

Step I: Studying the Bible
1. This Bible: The Need for and Nature of the Bible
2. Inspired by God: The Divine Authorship and Literature of the Bible
3. Person to Person: The Message and Role of the Bible
4. Rightly Divided: The Study of the Bible
5. An Example Bible Study: The Creative Bible Teacher's Inductive Method
Step II: Focusing the Message
6. Focusing on Needs: Understanding and Addressing Student Needs
7. Focusing on Learning: Truth into Life
8. Focus on Results: Teaching for Life Change
Step III: Structuring the Lesson
9. The Pattern: HBLT Approach
10. The Process: Engaging Student Response
11. The Means: Methods Make a Difference
12. The Tools: Choosing and Using Curriculum
Step IV: Teaching the Class
13. Teaching Principles: Common Practices of Effective Bible Teachers
14. Teaching Effectiveness: Motivating the Learner
15. Teaching the Bible to Adults: Let's Be Practical, Can We?
16. Teaching the Bible to Adolescents: What Difference Does This Make?
17. Teaching the Bible to Children: Please Understand Me!
18. Teaching the Bible to Preschoolers: More than Babysitting
Step V: Evaluating the Results
19. A Model for Evaluation: Something to “Stake” On
20. Developing and Improving as a Teacher: You Can Get There from Here
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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    If you want to teach more effectively....!

    I teach several times each week - various topics, but primarily Bible studies. This book really helped me to clarify and focus my preparation and has made me a better teacher. It was a text in a class I took awhile back, but I go back to it often to refresh my style. The focus is not just on conveying information, but teaching in a way that produces life change in the student. I especially like chapter 8 that gives clear methods to accomplish this.

    Creative Bible Teaching is not only for Bible teachers. The principles could be used to teach any topic - from "How to build a bird house" to "Practical Nuclear Physics" ;). It would be very helpful for school teachers through college professors - as well as pastors whose sermons need some help. I highly recommend this book as an essential for those wanting to teach effectively!

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