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In all there are over 250 lessons, enough for several years. These lessons are provided free of charge. Just keep in mind, you can reproduce this material and distribute it, but you cannot copyright or sell it under any circumstances whatsoever.
Freely you have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:8 NKJV)
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Tips and Tricks
These are primarily expository studies originally intended for school-age children that can read. But, you can adapt these lessons to any age child or adult by using these materials for your own background and personal growth.
As you begin to use these lessons you will quickly notice that I am passionate about teaching the Bible to children chronologically precept upon precept! It is my opinion that children need to learn the context of the many Bible stories they learn in Sunday school so that they know this is God's story from start to finish. Too often Childrenís Sunday school curriculums springboard from one familiar story to another: from Noah to Jesus Feeding the 5000; then to Daniel in the Lionís Den and on to Jonah in the Belly of the Whale. The children never really understand the context of the story and how it fits into the whole picture. The Bible is 66 books woven together to tell the story of Godís plan of redemption. Every Christian should learn how to navigate through the pages of Scripture.
You will find a number of lesson series on various topics under Topical Teachings, such as the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the 23rd Psalm. These lesson series were taught during our mid-week services to supplement the Sunday morning lessons.
One aspect of traditional Sunday school curriculums you wonít find in these lessons is Life Application stories. While it is very important to make the spiritual truths of the Bible applicable to your students, I believe it is best to do that in the context of the passage you are teaching. I feel that telling a different story, even if it has the same moral or ethical lesson, is confusing and distracting. Therefore, these lessons follow the Inductive Bible Study methodologyís three steps: Observation, Interpretation, and Application ó what does the text say, what does it mean, and, how do I apply it to my life.
You can use each lesson individually or you can make all of the lessons in a series into a book with a manual cover, title page, forward, table of contents, etc. The two-column layout of these lessons is designed so that you can copy and cut the pages in half to fit into your Bible. When the children observe that you are teaching right out of the Bible, rather than from a curriculum book, it validates God's Word and gives your teaching more authority.
You will discover that there is not always a craft or game idea suggested in each lesson. When I've had a good idea that really seems to fit with the main lesson objectives, I've included it. But, I have written another hand book called Tips and Tricks - Making Children's Bible Lessons Come to Life that gives lots of suggestions for activities that will help reinforce your lesson objectives and teach the memory verse. Tips and Tricks is also a great tool for training new teachers. It has ideas on how to prepare a lesson, how to present a lesson, and what to do about discipline, how to use visual aids and puppets, as well as the ideas on games, crafts, object lessons, and so forth.
The curriculum that I am most proud of is the one on Creation, called Godís Weird and Wonderful World. It is the most complete, by far, and includes science projects for each lesson. Check it out for sure!
Please let me know what you think about this curriculum. I'm always open to suggestions for improvement.
I pray that you will use these lessons to teach the Bible as an entire plan by a systematic and connected study of the Word. I'm sure you will find it to be a useful resource to help bring each and every child in your care into a deeper personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. It brings joy to my heart knowing that the Sunday school curriculum materials that the Lord has been leading me to write over the past number of years will bring honor to Him.