Item description for Creative Bible Teaching by Lawrence O. Richards, Larry Richards & Gary Bredfeldt...
Overview Many of us teach the Bible in small groups, Sunday school, or home school classes. We study, prepare, and present material. But is our best good enough? Are we just sharing knowledge, or are we leading students into a growing relationship with God and His Word?
In this newly revised edition of Creative Bible Teaching authors Lawrence Richards and Gary Bredfeldt focus on how to better understand the Bible we teach and how to unleash the transforming power of Scripture.
Creative Bible Teaching will become a foundational book in your library. A practical model for teaching and a classic educational reference book, it will renew your enthusiasm for teaching God's Word.
Publishers Description 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 a detailed five-step process by which Christian educators can construct a bridge across time, geography, and culture.
Awards and Recognitions Creative Bible Teaching by Lawrence O. Richards, Larry Richards & Gary Bredfeldt has received the following awards and recognitions -
Gold Medallion Book Awards - 1999 Nominee - Christian Education category
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Studio: Moody Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 1998
Publisher MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
Series Creative Bible Lessons
ISBN 0802416446 ISBN13 9780802416445
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More About Lawrence O. Richards, Larry Richards & Gary Bredfeldt
Larry Richards taught at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, for several years and authored textbooks in Christian education that are widely used. Now a full-time writer, he has written over one hundred books, including Expository Dictionary of Bible Word, The Teacher's Commentary and the Revell Essential Bible Dictionary. Richards has also written many devotional books for young people and adults, and authored the notes for the bestselling Adventure Bible.
SPANISH BIO: Lawrence O. Richards tiene una licenciatura en filosofia de la Universidad de Michigan, una maestria en teologia y educacion cristiana del Seminario Teologico de Dallas y un doctorado del Seminario Teologico Evangelico Garrett de la Universidad Northwestern. Es autor de unos 200 titulos en temas como la filosofia de la educacion cristiana, renovacion de la iglesia, el ministerio de ninos, ministerio de jovenes, liderazgo, grupos pequenos, y ensenanza biblica. Sus libros han sido traducidos en 24 idiomas. Richards reside en Hudson, Florida donde es participante activo en su iglesia, Hudson's First United Methodist Church.
Larry Richards was born in 1931.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Creative Bible Teaching?
Books of Excellance Nov 20, 2006
I am a Christian Educator and director of Christian Education for my local church and organization. I found Creative Bible Teaching a most important book to add to my library. It is a resource that cannot be matched.
Detailed and helpful Feb 21, 2006
Creative Bible Teaching has shown me many dimensions I had not known, regarding teaching. I think it to be of tremendous assistance especially to those who are just beginning as teachers and to those who are using it as part of an independent or online study course.
A comprehensive book on teaching Jan 16, 2006
The book is divided into five sections: (1) "Studying the Bible," (2) "Focusing the Message," (3) "Structuring the Lesson," (4) "Teaching the Class," and (5) "Evaluating the Results." The question that is posed is, "How is it that a book (the Bible), given by God to transform, seems so unproductive when taught in the very churches where it is most honored and best known?"(29). It is that particular inquiry that drives the authors to find an answer. Their findings showed the lack of an effective teaching method. Through this book, the authors hope to educate ministry leaders and teachers the "hook, book, look, and took" technique of Bible teaching. The foundation of any Bible teaching starts with a clear understanding of who God is (that He is the Creator) (28) and how He speaks (that God used people to write the Bible) (38). The Bible provides the human race with God's plan for salvation and reconciliation. Richards and Bredfeldt discusses various ways to read and understand the Bible. For example, they suggest that while reading the Bible, one should ask probing questions like "Are there any repeated words or phrases?" (79). When teaching the Bible, it is imperative that the age of students is factored into the lesson. The authors point out that the task for teaching adults is different than teaching preschoolers. For instance, adults desire a challenge and an emotional supportive learning environment (245), while preschoolers learn best in an active, participatory play setting (296). The inclusion of the "summary of developmental characteristics" and "spiritual developmental tasks" for students from preschool to adulthood is helpful, but the student's needs assessment seems too complicated for the average Sunday school teacher to complete (106). The section entitled, "Questions for Discussion and Further Study" facilitates the application of the information read (333).
Practical, Thorough, Well Illustrated, Step-by-Step Nov 28, 1998
This book takes the reader through a five step process of biblical lesson preparation. It begins with Studying the Bible. This step assists the lay person, Bible college student or seminarian in the study of the Bible for the purpose of teaching the Bible. The second step is entitled "Focusing the Message". The reader is instructed in how to take the message of the passage and make it relevant to the modern day learner. Teachers are given practical help in assessing student needs and in designing the class to targe those needs. The third step involves Structuring the Lesson. Here readers are taught how to structure a lesson for maximum impact and student involvement. The fourth step is the teaching step. Here the actual teaching process is explored. The final step is the evaluating step. Effective teaching depends on evaluation and imporvement. This section of the book helps teachers gain insights into their teaching and assists in developing ways to improve. All in all the book is designed to be a systematic presentation of the lesson preparation process.