Lead a Genesis-to-Revelation Class
These 30-theme Bible overview lessons were developed in church classes with hundreds of students over 20 years. The book format works well in personal, small group, and class settings. For classes and small groups, the Guide and teaching materials will help provide a learning foundation for future in-depth studies of various Bible books. The weekly Lessons will strengthen your group's Biblical literacy, personal belief and growth together. Pastors and preachers may want to consider giving a 30-week sermon series based loosely or specifically on the 30-Lesson Outlines, creating a church-wide involvement in the whole-Bible journey. The adult class then creates a discussion forum for the weekly sermon and coordinated Lesson discussion questions.
Provide Inductive Learning Discussions
PREPARED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
In a church class or a smaller Bible study group, The Bible Study Guide helps you extend inductive learning into active discussions of the weekly questions. The Guide's prepared questions organize and lead the participant into a regular course of searching Scripture for the lesson's key parts of God's narrative story.
The participants bring their written answers into conversational discussions where Bible-based learning flourishes. At least half of the class meeting time should be scheduled for discussion, in smaller discussion groups of 4-7 participants. The smaller the discussion group--the more each participant will engage in discussion and enjoy the learning process.
Give a Short Introduction and Summary Lecture
CHURCH CLASS FORMAT
If you teach a larger church class--such as on Sundays or evenings, the class might also hear a short Lesson introduction--based on learning objectives. Then divide into three- or foursome groupings within the class for discussions lasting about 25 minutes.
Following the discussions, add a 20-to-30-minute teacher-led lecture including time of reflection and prayer. The Guide's 30 Lesson Summaries provide participants an overview of the Lesson's narrative story, as well as contextual facts about that Bible book or group of books.
The teacher's prepared lecture can follow the Guide Summary, or complement it at a more theological and/or application level.
Use the Prepared Organizing and Teaching Tools
THE BIBLE TEACHERS FORUM--for teachers and churches--equips leaders with organizing and starting the class, content and process training, and online tools with downloadable Powerpoint and PDF for successful weekly classes.
TheBibleStudy.org website makes available for experienced teachers related handouts and learning tools for your successful class or small group experience, including Learning Objectives, Lesson Outlines and Supporting Handouts for all 30 Lessons.
Perfect companion for Bible study church groups! The Bible Study Guide is both compact and comprehensive--it packs a lot of information! I really like how it is structured in chronological order, from 'Genesis to Revelation,' and how it covers both the Old and New Testaments using 'Thirty Themes in Thirty Lessons.' The weekly lessons generate helpful discussion of scripture themes, and the thought-provoking lesson questions allow one to really delve into Bible passages and explore their meaning and message. Each lesson contains an introduction, questions, and a helpful summary that imparts more scriptural, historical and geographical context. I would highly recommend this guide for church groups and friend groups. --David, 2018