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Friday, March 02, 2007

Precept for Kids

Have I mentioned lately how much fun it is teaching children how to study the Bible inductively?!

I am again amazed by how they "get it"!

Today in class, we talked about what it means to be a detective..and that when we study Scripture, we want to think like a detective does.

So, we staged a crime scene in class, and 2 of the children played the "good guy" and the "bad guy". Then, I came onto the scene as the detective, and asked the "good guy" questions about the crime.

The kids helped me think of questions to ask the victim, in order to figure out who had perpetrated the crime.

They loved it!

And, after my investigation took place, I explained to them that this was the exact way that we wanted to question Scripture..by asking the
"5 Ws and an H" questions.

I then asked them what the 5Ws and an H were..and they knew them! They just rattled them right off! Now remember, these kids are 4-6 years old, for the most part!

So, then we went through the last part of Genesis chapter 2, and we asked those questions of the Bible.

I just can't get over the fact that at 4 and 5 and 6 years old, these kids are understanding the basic principles of inductive study!

Then, we have an older child, who is so smart, and is such a whiz at studying this way! This child is also an amazing help to me...and such a joy to have in our class!

But, for the most part, this class is made up of 4-6 year olds...and they are EXCITED about studying God's Word!!!

I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT!

I think about what a gift it would have been in my life if I had been taught how to truly study the Word for myself..instead of just being taught what my "right pastor" ( ugh! I digress...that's a Thieme term...if you don't know what that means, read a past post ) thought the Scripture meant.

To have known from a young age how to study the Word, and how to allow the Holy Spirit to teach me Himself...and to allow Him to point out in my life what the application of the Scripture was...WOW! What an amazing gift that would have been.

But, God is good...so good, and He redeems the time!

So, now my heart's mission is to share this amazing gift with as many people as I can. Yet, I would have never imagined that it would be with kids as young as 4!

God's plans are so much richer than my own! :)

We're starting a couples study in our home....if you're interested in joining us for that, please let us know. We'll be studying "LORD, Teach Me to Study the Bible in 28 Days" ....and we'd love to have you and your spouse join us!

Have a great weekend!

5 comments:

Laura said...

I'd love some more info about the couples study (i.e. child care, time, dates, etc.) I'll call you soon if you don't want to post it on your blog!

Stephanie said...

Wow, Jes that is amazing that the kids are picking up the tools for study so quickly! The couples study sounds wonderful...wait we don't live down the street anymore. ;) I'm sure you'll have a great group!

Jesica said...

Hi Steph...

Wish you could be here! We miss you!

D.L. White said...

Jesica - I may have said this before but I'll say it again - thank you so much for the work you do in teaching God's word - especially to these little ones. Having also grown up without ever being taught how to actually read and study the Bible, I totally appreciate what you are doing and the gift you are giving these kids. :D

Jesica said...

Thanks, Davina!

It's my honor and joy to be used by God to do anything for Him.

It's humbling, actually.

When I think of what He has turned me from being, I am brought to tears over the fact that He chooses to use me at all.

Tears from me...I know you don't believe that, do you?! ;)