Are you a bridge builder? Communicating the Scriptures is much like building
a bridge. However, instead of ravines or rivers, the teacher must span both cultural
boundaries and great gulfs of time between the present and the past of Moses, David,
Jesus, and Paul. This bridge must reach even further. The student must be able to
cross both into the past and into his own future. God's Word is "living and active,
sharper than any double-edged sword" (Hebrews 4:12). It is contemporary, relevant.
But it is the teacher who has the task of helping the student to see its vast treasures.
This is no easy task, but it can be done through creative Bible teaching. Together,
Richards and Bredfeldt have written a book on bridge-building that reveals the following
five-step process by which Christian educators can construct a bridge across time,
geography, and culture. Step I: "Studying the Bible" Develop an understanding of
the nature, role, study, and interpretation of the Bible. Get the help you need
in preparing biblically accurate lesson plans. Step II: "Focusing the Message" Learn
how to teach for student learning. Be guided in the process of translating learning
theory into lesson preparation. Step III: "Structuring the Lesson" Develop a lesson
plan using the HOOK, BOOK, LOOK, TOOK structure. Step IV: "Teaching the Class" Learn
about the five key principles of teacher effectiveness. Discover how these principles
can lead to a more dynamic and satisfying teaching experience within various age
groups. Step V: "Evaluating the Results" Evaluate your own effectiveness by assessing
the outcome of your teaching.
About Lawrence O. Richards
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Published March 1, 1998
by Moody Publishers.
Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference.