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.
God's Word is "living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword" (Hebrews 4:12). It is contemporary and 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 bridge-building that reveals a detailed five-step process by which Christian educators can construct a bridge across time, geography, and culture.
Simple, clear, and memorable, the method laid out in Creative Bible Teaching gives a sure-fire way to communicate God's Word in a way that sticks.
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Table of Contents
Step One: Studying the Bible
1. This Bible: The Need for and Nature of the Bible
2. Inspired by God: The Divine Authorship and Human Literature of the Bible
3. Person to Person: The Message and Role of the Bible
4. Rightly Divided: The Study of the Bible
5. A Sample Bible Study: The Creative Bible Teacher's Inductive Method
Step Two: Studying the Bible
6. Focus on Needs: Understanding and Assessing Student Needs
7. Focus on Learning: Truth into Life
8. Focus on Results: Teaching for Life Change
Step Three: 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 Four: Teaching the Class
13. Teaching Principles: Common Practices of Truly Great Teachers
14. Teaching Effectiveness: Motivating the Learner
15. Teaching the Bible to Adults: Can We Get Practical Here?
16. Teaching the Bible to Youth: What Difference Does This Make?
17. Teaching the Bible to Children: Please Understand Me
18. Teaching the Bible to Preschoolers: More Than Babysitting
Step Five: 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!