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Capture Student Imagination

The Sunday School method and system that we use today originate from very different times from the 1780s. Though society and culture have changed today, the children's needs and basic Sunday School methods are essentially the same. First, let us look at the basic teaching methods that Jesus used. Jesus himself was an innovator in the way that he taught the people who came to listen to him. There are at least seven different ways that Jesus used to teach spiritual truth. Jesus applied much of his teaching in parables. The Gospel of Luke contains both the largest total number of twenty-four parables, eighteen of which are unique. the Gospel of Matthew contains twenty-three parables of which eleven are unique, and the Gospel of Mark contains eight parables of which two are unique. Jesus took everyday stories and he gave them a spiritual message. For example, he looked out and he saw the sower sowing his seed in the field. He applied that sight to explain how the Christian message can be sown in people's hearts. We can use the same kind of message in our teaching in Sunday school. Another good example explains persistence in prayer and is found in Luke 18.1-5, "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: 'In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually come and attack me!''" Jesus here was teaching us not to give up in pleading our case to him.

Object Teaching

The second Sunday school method that Jesus sometimes used was "object teaching." He taught us not to be anxious about food or clothing. He did this by taking a flower in Luke 12.27-28 and saying, "Consider how the wildflowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you of little faith!" A little thing like a wildflower illustrates how much God cares for each of us! This teaching method video shows how in the same way the Sunday School teacher can capture their student's imagination by using objects such as a pebble, a stamp or a matchstick to teach Biblical truths! This particular Sunday school method video is 3 minutes and 20 seconds long. A complete overview of all of the Tellout Online training videos can be viewed on YouTube. Video 7 of this series on effective Sunday school can be found at Video 7.

"Sunday School Method"
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