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NOTE: This is Volume Three of a three-volume work. Volumes One and Two are also available as free downloads on NoiseTrade.com.
Story Questions Volume One is a tool to help families study the Bible
together. Each of the 237 lessons in this volume focuses on a
short Bible passage to read from your own Bible. The lesson is then
divided into four sections: a main thought and three sets of questions
corresponding to the head, heart, and hands. The intent it to provide
tools for the parent to set the passage in context and also to analyze
it according to the traditional theological concepts of knowledge,
piety, and practice.
The main thought is intended to focus the
discussion on a foundational concept to be learned from the story.
Certainly much more can and should be discussed about each story, but
the main thought will encourage a deeper discussion than simply a review
of the plot.
Head questions probe children's understanding of
the text. Do the children know what happened in the story? Can the
children relate this story to similar Bible stories? Can they see God at
work within the plot of the story?
Heart questions help children
connect their understanding of the text with their heart attitudes.
They expose children's understanding of their relationship to God and
others. They show how God reveals himself as one who loves his children
and expects their love in return. They probe how the characters in the
story show their love, or lack of love, for God and others. They also
encourage children to probe their own hearts.
probe how the hearts of biblical characters or the hearts of children
affect what they do and say. Proverbs 4:23 says, "Keep your heart with
all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life." Hand questions
probe the springs of life, pointing back to the state of the heart that
produced those springs.
Generally, each lesson will include a mix
of concrete and abstract questions. Concrete questions will be more
appropriate for younger children and abstract questions will be more
appropriate for those who are older.
The questions are not an end
in themselves. They are meant to encourage a deeper study of Scripture.
The answers are not given, but should be readily available from the
text itself or from a good commentary or Bible atlas.
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