Use of these
Online Sunday School Lessons:
On the left are links to online Bible study lesson plans that
I have prepared and will teach from. The teaching style used is an
interactive or discussion style. The lesson poses questions which guide the
learners to determine what the Scriptures say, what they mean, and then how
it should be changing their lives. PowerPoint slides are available which
are designed to visually display the scripture passages and the discussion
questions. These are free Sunday School Lessons which you may download and
use as is or use as a resource to help you in your teaching ministry.
Each lesson begins with a "Motivation" or
"Hook" section. This is a question which is usually of the
"brain storming" variety. Its purpose is to get learners thinking
along the line of the lesson topic and to raise interest in the subject.
This section is followed by a "transition" which brings together
the motivation question and announces exactly what
the lesson covers.
The Bible Study portion proceeds through each of the three or
four scripture passages. I am a firm believer that when a Bible lesson is
taught or preached, listener/learners should be looking at three things;
what the Bible says, what it means, and how will they live differently as a
result of the Truth encountered.
These elements are stressed in the "Let's Teach"
To that end, I like to use questions which lead the learner
through those three steps. You will notice that for each question stated, a
series of possible answers are given in the lesson. Lawyers know that you
should never ask a question in court for which you do
not know the answer and the same thing applies in this context. The teacher
should give some thought to the kinds of answers he/she is expecting ...
all for the purpose of directing the thinking of the learners.
Generally the teacher should accept (just about) any answer
learners give. Sometimes hints or guidance can be given as to the direction
you are taking them. My classes often accuse me of giving them "Guess
what the teacher is thinking" questions -- usually they are right.
That's when I give the hints or maybe even end up giving them my answer
Occasionally a two column table is part of the answers. This
is usually a contrast/comparison exercise. Use your judgment as to when it
is helpful to record answers to questions on a chalkboard or whiteboard or
overhead projector transparency.
The last portion of the lesson is applications. These are
specific actions which learners might be expected to take as a result of
applying that Sunday's lesson.
Comments on Preparation
I believe that both cheap hand guns and Bible study lessons
which are "Saturday Night Specials" tend to blow up in your face.
A lesson is intended to communicate Spiritual principles and concepts to
learners. It takes time for these to become absorbed and correctly arranged
in the mind and heart of the teacher who will facilitate that
Thus, I feel that I must read multiple resources in small
increments starting on Monday or Tuesday. Then when I sit down at the
computer to put together the lesson at the end of the week, I have a much
better idea of what the lesson entails. If you find these lessons useful, I
believe you will be most effective if you spend a little time each day
reading and studying the background material provided for teachers.
Online Teacher Mentoring Class -- Let's Teach
Hunt web site -- over 3000 similar discussion type lessons
Ronnie Hilliard's Lifeway Bible
Studies for Life
Ronnie has recently informed us that he is retiring from
teaching due to ďgetting up there in ageĒ and eyesight
problems. He has taken down his website as of
We will all miss his contributions to good Bible teaching.
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