5 Ways to Introduce Your Bible Lesson


Before telling a Bible lesson, you should find a creative way to introduce it. The children know you're going to tell a story at some point, so you don't need to announce it as: "And now it's time for our Bible lesson." Also, be careful not to give away the ending in your introduction as: "Today I'm going to tell you the story about how David killed Goliath." Instead, look for a creative way to introduce it that will captivate the children's attention. In this article, I'll cover five effective lesson introductions.

1.  Ask a question. Think through the story and the main point you want to emphasize and ask a question about it that the audience can relate to. Use the answer to tie into the start of the story. Let's use the story of David and Goliath for an example.

"Have you ever been troubled by a bully? Bullies are no fun and can make life miserable. People aren't the only ones with bully problems; sometimes a whole nation can be troubled by one. The nation of Israel was facing a huge bully by the name of Goliath." 

2.  Tell a short story. Share an experience in your life or someone you know that goes along with the theme of your story. If you had a bully problem when growing up, or even have one now, share the problem and how you handled it and then transition into the story.

"When I was your age, I had a bully in my classroom that (give the experience.) The problem I had with the bully was not fun at all. Today we're going to take a look at a HUGE bully that was bothering the nation of Israel."

3.  A direct start. Sometimes the best introduction is just simply setting the scene and going right into the story.
"The nation of Israel had been disobeying God, and now they faced a HUGE problem. That problem was a giant by the name of Goliath."

4.  Use an illustration. Some possibilities include newspaper clippings, sports stories, magazine articles, news events, unusual facts, poems, cartoons, statistics, animals in nature, and solar system facts. Try to find something that will grab the children's attention.

"How many of you like to play basketball? How high off the ground is a basketball rim? That's right, ten feet. Can you imagine how much the NBA would pay someone tall enough, that when he stood on his tip-toes his head would hit the rim? Believe it or not, the Bible tells about someone big enough to do just that. His name is Goliath."

5.  Use an object lesson. Read scripture passage for your lesson and determine what main point you'll teach. Brainstorm possible objects you could use for your introduction that relate to it. Look for a spiritual application with that object, asking God for insight and direction. If you need help, there are many object lesson books available online or in bookstores.

For the story of David and Goliath, the tip of Goliath's spear weighed 15 lbs. so you could bring in a weight and give the children a chance to try lifting it. Another possibility is to make a sling (2 long strings tied to a square piece of cloth) and ask the children if they could imagine fighting a trained soldier with it.

You might wonder how you can come up with idea after idea for your weekly Bible lesson. The truth is you don't. To determine the introduction for my Bible lessons, I simply ask God for his direction. The God we serve is very creative and if you ask, he'll share it with you and give you some unbelievable lesson introductions. When you introduce your lesson in an unpredictable way it increases the children's enjoyment and can make the lesson more exciting to you.

Timothy Brown has been a children's pastor for over 15 years and volunteers time with Child Evangelism Fellowship. He has also conducted training sessions for church children's workers and posts articles and object lessons for children's ministry at http://www.ENYNEChildrensMinistry.com

Tim also has over 25 years of experience in working puppets and directing puppet teams. He has made his puppetry experience and training available to the online community at http://www.ExperiencePuppets.com. The site also includes a link to a puppet tips blog.

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