I hope you will benefit from these free Sunday School lessons.
People have told me that I have a gift for teaching. This may be true, but more important than gifting is preparation and practice. Effective Bible teachers learn and practice the basic elements of preparing lessons.
Teach people not lessons
Years ago, while attending a teacher training seminar I heard a man say, "Remember this: we teach people not lessons." No other teaching principle has influenced me more.
For over 30 years I have devoted myself to teaching the Bible. I have taught many Sunday School classes and led small group Bible discussions.
You will notice that my lessons are structured around three sections:
Hook (5 min.)
The goal of the hook is to focus on a life issue your class can feel (remember, we teach people not lessons). The purpose is to get the students' attention and involve everyone. The hook should relate to the application of the lesson.
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Bible Input (20 min.)
When explaining a Bible passage, focus on the main points of the text not every detail. By asking questions, you can involve the class members in discovering these main ideas. A concise summary from you, the teacher is always helpful.
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Life Application (20 min.)
The job of the teacher is not only to explain the text, but to show how the text applies today. It is best to focus on one main application. Prepare discussion questions and encourage the class to express their ideas and feelings. We offer free printable Bible study lessons with discussion questions. The students will more likely participate if they are in small group of no more than six. Motivate the class to put the scriptural principles they learned into practice.
Sunday School Lesson Planning Sheet
Download a free lesson planning sheet based upon these teaching principles. All of our Sunday School lessons use this planning sheet.
These are the Sunday School lessons that are ready for you.
The What, Who, and When of Thankfulness - Various Scriptures
Scriptures on Wealth - Seven Spiritual Truths - Various Scriptures
Old Testament Free Sunday School Lessons
Spiritual Struggle of Life -- Genesis 3-5
Abraham Bible Study -- Genesis 12
Esther Bible Study -- Esther 3-7
10 Characteristics of a Good Leader -- Proverbs
What Makes a Good Friend? -- Proverbs
The Proverbs 31 Woman -- Proverbs 31
What is Repentance - Receiving Grace and Returning to God -- Hosea 14
New Testament Free Sunday School Lessons
Resurrection Eggs -- Free pdf - object lesson - Various Scriptures
Who Were the Wise Men? -- Matthew 2:1-12
Jesus Crucifixion and Resurrection -- Mark 15-16
Discovering God's Plan -- Luke 1-2
Christ Has Risen -- John 21:1-14
The Life of Apostle Paul -- Acts 9 and 11
A Romans Bible Study - A New Master -- Romans 5:12 - 6:23
Spiritual Gifts -- I Corinthians 12
Generous Giving -- II Corinthians 8-9
The Holy Spirit is the Heart of Christianity -- Ephesians 3:14-21
Three Ways to Manage Stress -- Philippians 4:4-9
In addition to our free Sunday School lessons, you can easily use our devotions and sermons for your Sunday School class. All of the devotions and many of the sermons have group discussion questions provided. Play the sermon on your computer and then discuss the questions.
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