Games
Problems
Go Pro!

Teaching With Historical And Current Events

Lesson Plans > Religious Training > Preaching
 

Teaching With Historical And Current Events

Tying your lessons to current events and historical events allows you to take advantage of the teaching done by others; use what your students know from school, and from the news media, to link your lessons to already existing memories and ideas.

Jesus did this in Luke 13:1-5. When people came to him talking about terrible tragedies of their day, Jesus took the opportunity to teach a spiritual lesson. Now, whenever these events were spoken of, the listeners would remember Jesus' lesson.

In John 3:14-15, Jesus uses the story of Moses and the bronze serpent—a story Nicodemus would have easily recognized and remembered—to teach Nicodemus about Himself. Nicodemus would not have quickly forgotten that lesson.

In modern times, how do I communicate to my students the courage required for the early church to accept Paul, a man who had persecuted the church? "Imagine that you hear a knock on your door, and you find Osama bin Laden on your front porch. 'I have become a Christian,' he says. 'Would you introduce me to all your friends?'". Ah! What courage that would require! And it takes a modern day example to help get the point across.

In another lesson, I talked about the German "enigma" machine, a decoding device which they used to pass on secret messages. In the same way, the Bible is like a coded message, and the Holy Spirit—Who is the only one that knows the mind of God—interprets the Word of God to us.

By linking our lessons to ideas that students are already familiar with, our lessons are more likely to remain in their minds--and even when they seem to be forgotten, an article from the newspaper or a broadcast from the TV may have the unexpected effect of bringing a spiritual lesson to mind.
Lesson by Mr. Twitchell

Featured Games on This Site

Match color, font, and letter in this strategy game
Trap all the dots in this problem-solving puzzle

Blogs on This Site

Reviews and book lists - books we love!
The site administrator fields questions from visitors.
Like us on Facebook to get updates about new resources
Home
Pro Membership
About
Privacy