Drawing on the Art of Telling Bible Stories For Children

21-08-19 kievartschool 0 comment

Bible stories for children are worth telling! They are vital since they are the living Word of the eternal God and therefore essential so that we know what God has to say we need to learn. When you read the Bible, you read a message from God himself.

Often these truths are presented in the form of stories of characters and how they acted in certain circumances with consequent consequences such as Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, Joseph, David and Goliath, Daniel, Jonah, the Rich Man and Lazarus, Mary and Martha etc. This enables the listener to connect at a level level with the story and consequently think more about the implication of its teaching.

Jesus taught primarily in the form of parables which were short allegoric stories, taking examples from nature or contemporary social life. One of the reasons for Jesus doing this was so that a specific and colorful story based on the details of everyday life would remain impressed on the memory for many years and through contemplation of it the person would come to an understanding of the wisdom Jesus was conveying . Well-known parables include the Good Samaritan, the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin and the Lost Son, the Wise and Foolish Builders, and the Rich Farmer. All of these include the elements of a good story – a setting, interesting characters, a challenge and a resolution.

Children love Bible stories. Educators are aware of this and very often receive catalogs of resources and books which contain the titles of Bible stories for children. Instead of always reading from books alternate with true story-telling of the Bible stories.

Story-telling has served for as long as humans have, not just as a way of entertaining, but of passing on information to teach the young and to change minds, for a good story changes the people who hear it. Many people do not realize the amount to which stories influence our behavior and shape our culture. Our own lives are made up of stories. Stories are particularly effective in influencing the way children think and behave because they like to hear them over and over again. Stories create an emotional attachment and they provide a wealth of concrete examples of behavior which help children make sense of life. Children's imagination is stimulated and through this they build up a mental image which cements the story in their mind.

As educators and Sunday School teachers we can capitalize on this through good story-telling of the abundance of stories we have in the Bible, bringing to bear on young minds the significance of their teachings. There are cutting-edge Bible images available to assist in this which will greatly enhance your story-telling and captivate your audience.

Source by Alan SL