Here are some great ways to make Bible study more interesting.
I don’t mean you should try to find the Ark of the Covenant and bring it to class, but perhaps you could at least bring some pictures of the things that the Bible study is about. When we were studying Leviticus, giving everyone a handout of the way the tabernacle looked, the learners got a lot more out of it. Studies show that a visual or physical object lesson makes it more fun but also more likely that they’ll remember the lesson.
Seek to get every single person involved. Have someone read one verse or paragraph in the lesson and then the next person read the following and so on. This will also help to keep the group more focused on the lesson instead of waiting for one person to do all the reading. This makes them have to pay attention, too, because they don’t want to lose their place when it’s their turn.
This is interesting at any age. When you are studying a certain place in the Bible and there’s a place where two or three (or more) characters are involved, have one person read one Bible character’s words and have another read whoever else is there. You might even have three people getting involved, but make sure to rotate around the table so that everyone gets involved. If it’s the part where Peter promises Jesus that he will never betray Him, have one person read Peter’s part while another reads Jesus’ words. Make them have as much eye contact as possible, just like in a real conversation. Years ago we even made masks for these characters.
Take It Outside
When I was teaching 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school, I took the Bible study outside. So that’s what we did with our church one time. We went to the local restaurant and studied right there in a small overflow room. Then we went to the local park, which gave us an opportunity to reach unchurched parents who brought their children to the park.
Having fun is very contagious, but you cannot make Bible study participants have fun. However, if you enjoy it, they’re more likely to have fun too. It seems that every time we finish a Bible study, I’ve learned something new from someone else. So it is true: “Iron sharpens iron, and one man (or woman) sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). Besides, I need all the help I can get because I’m not the sharpest crayon in the box!
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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