5 Ways to Make Learning the Bible Fun for Anyone

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I was barely 4 years old and attended Mrs. Pratt’s  Sunday School class. Now Mrs. Pratt had a Sunday School routine. First, she played the piano while we all stood in rows with hymnals in hand. After the hymnal time, we would be dismissed into two separate classes, Beginner and Primary. I went to the beginner class and we would listen to a Bible story. After the story came the highlight of the week- a game of hot potato. Mrs. Pratt owned a fancy hot potato that you wound up to make it vibrate. The kids would pass the potato around in a circle and when the potato stopped vibrating, it would make a popping noise. No one wanted to hold the potato when it popped. No one.

One particular week, we had a substitute teacher. I can’t remember her name, but I do remember knowing that she was excited to teach us that week. The substitute didn’t play the piano, but we tried to sing anyway. Then when we sat in the class, she began to tell the story of Moses and the children of Israel. And after all the crazy things they went through because mean ol’ Pharaoh wouldn’t let them go, finally they were freed from the slavery of Egypt.

As the teacher told the miraculous story of how God delivered the children of Israel, she stopped and talked about the Red Sea. She pulled a pan of red jello up on the table beside her. Then she did something so miraculous- she had placed plastic wrap down the middle of the pan of jello and when she said that God parted the Red Sea to allow the children of Israel to walk across on dry land, she lifted up the jello to reveal the clear glass bottom of the pan, clean as a whistle. Why this was the coolest trick I’d ever seen in Sunday School as a 4 year old! And then, you know what she did? She had each of us children take our fingers and walk through the middle of the pan of red jello while we all said together “God parted the Red Sea.” And that was one of the first times I can remember thinking “Learning the Bible is so fun!” All these years later, I can still see my fingers walking through the red jello. THAT is why it’s important to make learning fun. You never forget the things you learn when you’re having fun.

Today I wanted to share 5 ways to make learning the Bible fun for anyone.

 

1. Complete a Bible Verse Scavenger hunt.

You can find 3 free printables for Bible Verse Scavenger hunts here: Fall Outdoor, Spring/Summer Outdoor and Indoor.

2. Play Bible board games.

The picture and link above is the old one our family still plays and owns, but recently I discovered that the game, Apples to Apples, is available in a Bible edition. Click on the graphics for more details or to purchase.

3. Use Bible apps.

Check out this list of my 9 favorite Bible apps for kids and Bible apps for adults.

4. Watch What’s in the Bible? DVD’s.

Our family is a huge fan of What’s in the Bible? DVD movies and recently we were given the privilege to check out their latest awesomeness releasing June 24th. A Sing Through the Bible DVD AND a fabulous new coloring book perfect for making duplicate copies for Sunday School classes and children’s church. Check out this clip to see the summary of this cool DVD:

Music holds a special place in memory banks and I’m so excited for my kiddos to learn more about the Bible through this super fun tool! The coloring book holds an incredible 200 coloring pages and you can preorder here. To order the DVD’s, click here.

5. Did you know this was coming? Surely you knew this was coming-

Watch the American Bible Challenge show on GSN, especially on Thursday, June 19th, 8/7c!!

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Yes, the week we’ve been anticipating for months has finally arrived and our team, Lift Your Voice, is so pumped about competing on this show that we are hosting a Twitter party during the show. To find your local channel, check out GSN’s channel finder here. 

Please join us on Twitter as we chirp it up using hashtags #BibleChallenge and #LiftYourVoice from 8/7c on Thursday night, June 19th.

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Tweet: THIS THURSDAY! Watch @biblechallenge as Team #LiftYourVoice and @rachelwojo compete to win for the @mpssociety ! http://ctt.ec/v1_Ch+

On Facebook, you can join the Pledge to Watch Campaign to help us support the work of the National MPS Society.

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Alright Friends- not our typical Whimsical Wednesday post, but Wednesday is here and we host a blogger link up party nonetheless!! YAY- thanks for linking up each week and let’s continue to encourage one another.

See you on GSN tomorrow!!

Rachel



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7 Tips for Completing A Bible Study

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Years ago, I signed up for my first church group Bible study and wow- was I excited! I purchased my materials and soaked up every word of the video that week. Following the class, my homework was completed ahead of schedule. I could hardly wait for Tuesday to come around again. Who could be more exuberant?

And then week 2 came around. My son had an ear infection and kept everyone up all night. The Bible study homework just seemed too much to cram in the days he wasn’t needing Mommy’s constant attention and I didn’t get the work completed. While I felt embarrassed to return to the small group with incomplete work, I forced myself to show up at the table and face the other ladies. Though they passed no judgment on my frank announcement of failure, I wanted to crawl under the table. The perfectionist in me was feeling much less exuberant at this point.

But week 3 came and I determined to push ahead. Only my daughter experienced a few days of unhappy bowels and I spent three days pushing Gatorade and washing clothes….Week 3 homework “went to pot.”

I’m guessing you’ve been there- you signed up for a Bible study and then, life happened and you didn’t get it done. You tried, you made a good effort, but instead of feeling great through the study of God’s Word, you beat yourself up because you couldn’t finish the course. Today I wanted to share a few tips on getting over this hump- 7 tips for completing a Bible study.

1. Remember that you can do all things through Christ. Phil. 4:13

He will give you the ability to complete a Bible study- you can believe it.

2. Divide the Bible study homework into smaller segments. 

Doing half a day of homework in the morning and half in the early afternoon or evening can be a great way to utilize smaller segments of time, especially if you have young children.

3. Remind yourself that what you are doing is not easy, but well worth all your efforts.

But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. James 1:25

4. Claim a verse to maintain your focus on why you want to do the study.

This could be a verse God has used in the study or a verse that serves as a reminder. Here’s a possibility:

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Heb. 10:23

5. Have an accountability partner or group.

Whether the study is online, at church, or in your community, having someone with whom you can freely chat about the study is a great tool to completing the course.

6. Make a plan for completing the study.

I personally have a little tradition of having the group meet for ice cream after the last session is complete. Truly, ice cream is a gift from God. :) Along with coffee and chocolate, but I digress.

7. Recognize the special ways God is speaking to your heart through the study. 

Maybe highlighting certain verses or phrases with a colored highlighter is a quick visual reminder for how God is working in your heart. Perhaps you keep a running list of phrases or sentences in the back cover of the book. Whatever method you choose, I recommend keeping a summary list of points of what you are learning.

And now I’d love to know:

What do you do to insure that you complete a Bible study with your whole heart? Will you share your experiences with us?

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And bloggers, I’m thrilled that Whimsical Wednesday is here once again! I hope you’ll link up all your encouraging Christian posts and that you’ll take a minute to share with us how you stay inspired to finish the Bible studies you start!

Have a wonderful, whimsical Wednesday!

Rachel



Bible Study Tools – My Toolbox

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Thank you so much to all of you who send emails asking for recommendations. I love helping you find the tools and technology to meet your Bible study and prayer needs; after all, it’s part of my mission statement here! One of my most recent requests asked for information about the specific study tools I like to use for Bible study,so today I thought it would be fun to outline the resources I frequently use for Bible study, Bible research, and writing research. In no particular order, below you will find my favorite Bible study tools- my toolbox, if you will.

1. Bible Apps

Bible Apps are a wonderful, easy way to read the Bible. Their convenience and affordability make them incredibly useful. Who ever dreamed of carrying their entire Bible, along with commentaries, concordances, etc, in their pocket? For a daily Bible reading app, I recommend the Olive Tree Bible Study app and this app is what I’m using to make progress on the Bible Reading Challenge here on the blog. But Bible apps each have their own wonderful features and if you want the scoop on individual Bible apps, I recommend this post that analyzes the best features of each Bible app.

2. Online Bible Resources

Online Bible websites are so much more than reading tools; the keyword search capabilities and translation comparisons are such a vital part of Bible study. While there are many online Bible resources, the three I find myself using the most, in order, are:

3. Bible Study Software

Bible Study software contains the most in-depth study capabilities and comparisons at the click of a button. I’ve used Olive Tree Bible Study software for about 2 years and love the way it syncs with the app. My bookmarks and highlights, etc. all transfer from one to the other. I love this because I often work on my laptop when I’m in areas without WIFI. When I have a few minutes and want to take a second look at something I’ve highlighted or studied when I’m back in the WIFI zone, then I can do so on the app. Love this flexibility!

More recently I’ve been introduced to and using Logos Bible Software.  My laptop is a couple years old and I use it a ton. I’m known to have so many windows open that the computer catches a cold, if you know what I mean. I said that to say that my particular laptop runs this software a bit slower than I’d like. HOWEVER, Logos Bible software is power-packed. With tons of free ebooks and resources, the Bible information available on this software is magnificent. You want the background and history of a Bible character? You can get it. You want maps? Available. The number of resources you can purchase on this software versus owning a paper or hardback library of the same resources is incomparable. I truly can’t say enough about the study resources available in this software. I’ll be providing more information about this product in the future for sure.

4. Commentaries and Concordances

Technology is incredible and wonderful and I love it. But sometimes I get the books out and spread them out everywhere. I know it’s old school, but paper makes me think in a different pattern and gives my brain the opportunity for a different style of studying. I’ve noticed it causes me to slow down and reflect a bit more also. So while I embrace everything I listed above, sometimes a girl just needs paper. And when I do, here are my go-to items:


The Strongest Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible
When I was a little girl, my dad propped up this concordance on the dining room table almost every week as he studied to teach his Sunday School class (which he has done for almost 40 years!) Maybe the nostalgia of that alone keeps me doing the same. However,if you want to study the original languages in which the Bible was written, this concordance is the key.


Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition [6 volume - Set]

This commentary has been used by Bible scholars for over 300 years and is classic. You can also purchase a full commentary ebook for just $2.99.

Once you have a concordance and a commentary, the last Bible study tool I recommend in paper form is a dictionary.


Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words: With Topical Index

The dictionary I’m recommending above is complete and expository. If you’d like a simpler version of any of the above-mentioned study resources in paper form, concise versions are available for each of them.

And that rounds out the Bible study tools- apps, online, software, and paper. Which is your favorite? And what particular function of the resource do you enjoy the most? I’d love to hear about it!

Happy studying!

Rachel

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